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I have NewHome Model 632 which has worked perfectly over the years. Now the mechanism inside will not turn over / turnaround. Adjusted belt tension, oiled & cleaned, balance wheel turns but no movement inside. Tried everything. This happened (stopped working) only after trying to sew something heavy - though that has never been a problem before. I'm desperate as in the middle of sewing something urgent.

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