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My needle does not go up and down.

I was using an alphabet stitch, heard some clicking and the needle stopped moving. The handwheel stil turns smoothly, and I took off the front part of the case so I could inside, and the handwheel was moving a rod up and down, but not the needle.

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You need to check the needle bar first of all to see if you can move it up and down by hand, if you can then the screw on the needle bar may have come loose, or the very worst situation could be a broken takeup lever

Posted on Jul 05, 2010

Testimonial: "Thanks for the feedback. I think it was the screw. I tried tightening it with an allen wrench and it started working again, though I did not feel any significant tightening motion occurring."

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