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3116 just goes in reverse

I used my 3116 to go in reverse, and now it won't sew fwd. Please tell me what to do. Musiclady

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  • Sherry Foster Jun 29, 2008

    Thanks. I believe the mechanism is seized, and I shall have to find a technician locally to fix it.

  • cfield Jul 03, 2008

    I am having the same problem with a Singer 3116 that I have only used a few times. It will not even move forward when I try to turn it manually. Even though I have had the machine for 6 months, I have only used it a few times. I would say a maximum of 1 hour operating time. While trying to solve this problem, I discovered that if I use the drop feed control to lower the feed dogs then the drop feed control will not move the feed dogs back up to the normal position. I took the cover off and can move the lever inside to get the feed dogs back up, but it still will not move forward.


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It is possible the reverse lever is stuck in the wrong position Move it back to the forward position and see if it will work. Failing that, it's possible the machine is in buttonhole mode. Put it back to normal mode. If it still won't work, you probably have a seized mechanism which will require a technician to repair. If the machine is new enough to be under warranty return it to the store you bought it from for replacement or send it to the Singer warranty center listed on the paperwork that came with your machine.

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but doesn't give much on trouble shooting other than hold the lever while sewing. If that's not the case, then I think your feed dogs are the issue. check your feed dog drop. pg 9 part 12

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I hope this was helpful.

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