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Have a 19502, bought it new, and seldom used, tried sewing today with it but the machine will only sew in reverse. Will not change directions even while holding down the reverse button. Is there a manual overide?

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It sounds like the machine has not been used in quite a while and the reverse mechanism is sticking due to dried up oil. The oil thickens up like a varnish. The machine needs to be serviced to free up the sticking parts. This happens to machines that are not used much and therefore, not oiled regularly.
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