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Haven't used serger for a few years, got it out to sew now seems to be locked up, just moves very slowly if at all.

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I had a similar problem when i tried to use a friend's machine. i just oiled it to death and it worked fine. make sure to get the manual and do every spot, gently sew till it moves quiet freely. ( obviously make sure all the threads are free)

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