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Two problems. First,it was sewing fine but I wanted zig zag stitch and it would only straight stitch. I had it set on zig zag, adjusted width.....still just went straight. Then all of a sudden, it started working really hard....I could barely turn the wheel and the motor was straining. When I hand turned the wheel....I could barely do it. Also, the needle seems slightly set to the left for some reason

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Your needle shaft is probably bent and needs to go in for repair.

Posted on Aug 31, 2010

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