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I use my JukiTL-98Q on a quilting frame to free motion quilt. I called in a sewing machine repairman to clean and time my machine. After he left, my machine is skipping stitches while it sews, sometimes almost an inch space with no stitches. I am very mechanical and would like to obtain the timing specifications for this machine. Any help is greatly appreciated. The person who did the year maintance refuses to come back and look at my machinie. Thank you.

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Hi there
i have service manual and parts list for this machine , if this catalog can help i can send to you just email me.
best regards
ashraf abozid
aabozid@hotmail.com

Posted on Oct 19, 2010

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