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Singer fantasia II problem

My sewing machine won't sew forward, only backward. What is wrong?

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  • vanleah Jun 11, 2008

    I tried to spin the machine in the reverse way manually, sprayed WD-40 on all parts and now it's working just fine!!! I don't know if this is only coincidence or if what I did helped in a way. I concentrated on lubricating the reverse lever though. Thanks!


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Here's the actual problem. There's an adjustment behind the right panel that's not set properly.

To adjust it properly you need to remove the panel. To remove the panel you want to remove the bottom knob (just pull) it comes off easy (it's made to remove). Shut the machine off and raise the foot. Once that knob is off, put two fingers in the hole where the knob was and pull the side off. There aren't any screws to remove, to get the panel off. Once that is off, there are 3 allen (5/32) adjustments. It's the one in the middle that controls the reverse lever.

Adjust the allen (5/32) plug out as far as it can. Don't let it fall out and into the machine. Put your finger behind the adjustment and don't let it fall out. Use common sense. The machine shouldn't work with this course of an adjustment, but it's a starting point. Try the machine. It may just make noise and not sew. Adjust the screw in, two turns. Try again. It worked for us after 3 turns.

To put the panel back on, set the bottom tabs first, then bend the panel into place.

I know it stinks. You could always return it, but if you need to sew now. It'll let you sew now.

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Check the reverse lever.
Most probably it's stucked in, the last time you used it.

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