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I have a circa 1940's-50's Royal Desktop Typewriter. The ribbon that was already on it was rather worn and severely faded so I bought new ribbon for it. The only available ribbon was a red-black silk inked ribbon that is actually meant to be used with Smith-Corona typewriters made after 1963. But from what I've seen, the problem isn't the ribbon (even though I had no problems before I switched the ribbon out) but the issue is the typewriter itself. The spool holders are acting a bit tricky; when I flip the switch to have the ribbon change direction in output, only one of the spools does anything. For example: The right spool will output more ribbon as I type, but the left spool won't move at all; and then when I flick the switch again to change directions, the left spool will output ribbon but the right won't budge. Meanwhile I've been typing on the same piece of ribbon for so long that I wore a hole in it. I've taken the spools out and can see that even with them gone, the knobs they sit on do the same thing, only one moves. I'm not sure what to do, help!

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You have the ribbon on wrong. The ribbon dosen't feed off the spool but take up onto the spool. install the ribbon so that the moving spool is taking up the ribbon.

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