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My machine is trying to sew backwards! moving the backward switch doesn't change it at all.

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Try taking off the cover and then use a hair dryer pointed at the reverse mechanism, it may be stuck. Also oil according to your manual. If you cannot find your manual, go to www.brother-usa.com and download a free one.

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