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Brand new-has not sewn first stitch

Several experienced sewers have threaded the machine following supplied instructions/video. It cuts fabric fine but does not make a stitch.

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Phone the store you bought it from and arrange to return it for instruction on use, or a refund.....if it is brand new, it is under warantee and you are entitled to a product that does what it should......if it is you who has done something wrong in the threading, a quick lesson with someone should solve the issue. Either way, call them and get it sorted out.

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You really need to get a manual. Trying to figure out the problems is difficult if you are not an experienced sewer. There is a manual on eBay right now for your machine.

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Test your machine on scraps of the fabric you will be sewing. Re-adjust the tension as needed. The correct tension is when both upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

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