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It's new. I threaded the bobbin but now won't sew at all and knob will not move needle up and down. Acts like it wants to move and you can hear something in the housing trying but won't sew. Knob acts like it is stuck or ?????

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You may have jammed it, or you haven't picked a stitch pattern, read your manual because I am sure that it is something simple. If, you still can't get it, call Singer at 1-800-4singer. Good luck, Do you have your dvd, play that and read your manual really close.

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