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Needle position I have a viking 5530 and my needle is to the right. How do I get it to the center of the needle hole?

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First, select straight stitch on your pattern selector. Check your zigzag setting to see that it is on zero.If this doesn't help, push the needle bar to the left and see if it will move. It's possible the assembly is seized and won't move the way it is supposed to.
Next, try the widest zigzag stitch. If you only get a straight stitch it is time for a service.

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