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Needle does not go up and down, feed dog is up

Older white sewing machine model 1620 motor runs, will not move needle up and down. how do I fix it? quick answer as my daughter is ready to toss it out

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  • redcapn May 27, 2010

    Is the whole machine seized, all but the motor? For instance if you try to turn the hand wheel, will it turn?

  • bluemtfree May 27, 2010

    yes hand wheel it turns but needle well still not move. thanks any ideas?

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If the machine is bound up, the first thing to look for is a small peice of thread in the bobbin shuttle. Take the bobbin out lay the machine back and look very clos and 9 out of 10 times there will be a very small strand of thread in it. Now your going to look at it and say nope, no thread. Look again, it will surprise you how one small strand can bind the whole thing up.

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