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The motor runs but the needle won't go up and down. When I turn the wheel it will turn and that moves the needle up and down but makes a clicking sound. I've taken it apart and cleaned it even oiled it and it still isn't working. I don't know what else to try. Please Help.

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Hi,
It sounds like the bobbin winder is engaged. On the top of the machine on the right hand side is a spindle that you can put your bobbin on to wind it. Make sure this spindle is pushed to the left when you want to sew and pushed to the right when you want to wind a bobbin.

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