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My daughter lives in Mexico and is having a problem with her machine. She is sewing heavy fabric; the machine made 3 beeps and now only sews in reverse. Before you had to really push the reverse button, now it just slips right down. Is there an easy fix?

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I would try calling Singer at 1-800-4singer, and ask them. With her being in Mexico may not be easy getting service. She could try putting in a heavier needle and see if it helps, oiling and cleaning too. I am just hoping it is not her timing, is it still under warranty? Her manual is available for free online at www.singerco.com to download. Good luck

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