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My machine hasn't been used much lately. It now seems to be overheating & the hand wheel is very tight. After a few minutes of sewing the speed slows down to a crawl. I have taken it aprt & oiled it. This hasn't seem to help. I live in rural Princeton, MN & don't know where to find a tech. near me.

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Go to www.singerco.com and ask customer service, sounds like you have thread holding it up,

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