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Just purchased a Singer Inspiration model 4205. Seems as if the feed dogs do not align properly with the holes in the needle plate causing the plate to move up and down as the feed dogs move.

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Take it back where you bought and have them show you how to do it. Or, see is you can tighten the needle plate yourself, If, you can't call Singer (1-800-4singer) and find out where the authorized service center is. You should not have to pay anything with it being new. Good luck

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