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Machine moves normally but does not sew

I have this machine for at least 15 years, I'm an experienced sewer. Now, the machine is threaded normally, bobbin thread is caught and in place, fabric is in place, machine sounds and moves normally, but no stitiches - what to do?

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Okay, I know that you are an experienced sewer and have probably already checked, this but I had the same exact problem today and cleaning the shuttle race fixed it.

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