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We have a singer, but don't know the model #. the needle will move up and down only in reverse and locks up going forward. what could do this?

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It on the underneth of the machine

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Now, if you find you can't even get this far. It could be a very dry machine, excess fluff or threads between moving parts or a bent arm.

Here is an instruction manual in case you need it. Not much in the way of service info but it may help you trouble shoot.

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