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How to open sewing machine case

Sewing machine applying brake and need to look inside, have cleaned rotary hook and sewing foot

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  • shellmar1 Nov 26, 2008

    I cannot get the case off of my Brother XL-2600 to look at the inside. We've pulled all of the screws out and there seems to be something holding it together in the top center of the machine. But there is no way to get to it... the dials on the top hinder the front half from coming off and the back will not come off because of the attachment inside the top.... I'm very frustrated! HELP PLEASE!

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    Can you tell me the year it was made?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    what year was it made

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Possibly thread got caught up where you can't see it either behind the hook or behind the handwheel. Not knowing what model machine you have your just getting generic answers here.
You will have to remove a cover and/or the handwheel to see. Its the only way it could be jamming up unless a gear broke
Good luck

Posted on Jul 31, 2008

  • Rick
    Rick Jul 31, 2008

    Not knowing what model machine you have its hard to describe how to open the case. Remove the screws bottom, top and sides. If its a plastic one it may be snapped togeather and needs to be snapped apart, but if it has to be done it has to be done. I always disliked doing that. Then put it togeather in reverse order.

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