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While sewing a buttonhole, the machine stops and beeps and "bL" is displayed on the screen. It gets started then stops at the same point everytime. I have checked everything possible and I can't figure out what is wrong. What is going wrong? What does "bL" mean? How do I fix it?

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Buttonhole lever
make sure it's pulled all the way down before you start to make a buttonhole

Posted on Aug 23, 2010

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