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My machine will only sew a stich or two then the motor still goes, but the feed dog and needle get stuck like the top thread is tangling with the bobbin. How can I fix that?

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Check you needle to see if it's damaged
check to see if the top thread to see if it's come off the thread take up lever
check to make sure there's no lint or loose thread in the bobbin area

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

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