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Sewing machine only sews in reverse. Also will sew backwards when lever is pressed, only much easier. I have never encountered this problem before in any brand of sewing machine.

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Has it been sitting and not used for a while? Try taking the case off (noting where the screws go and put them in a cup) now, take a hair dryer and direct the heat towards the reverse lever and the stitch length control, once it is freed up then oil your machine and hopefully you will be good to go once you put your case back on. Good luck

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"Machine will only sew in reverse - Sewing Machines" A: I'm just a tinkerer, hobbyist, who did run across this same problem before. I can give a general non-model specific remedy based on my limited experience with mechanical sewing machines that get locked into sewing backwards, that is "they only want to sew in Reverse":

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4. If all else fails, you may be able to hold or clamp the Reverse Lever/Button in the Reverse position, so it sews Forward (I've done this before too (as a short-term fix) until I figured out how to adjust it back the way it was supposed to be.

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