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My needle has just now started hitting something when it is all the way down in the machine. I took the bobbin holder out and cleaned and noticed that it is hitting a little to the left of a groove made for it to go in as it turns counter-clockwise. any suggestions?

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1.replace the needle---it could be bent
2.do you have it center position for your needle setting
3.try sewing again with different fabric, if it keeps doing it then it may need adjusting by a service technican

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