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I just bought a Singer Golden Touch & Sew at an estate sale. The straight stitch works great but it will not do a true zig-zag. It starts at wide width and the zig-zag narrows steadily for about one inch until it sews 2 or 3 straight stitches then widens steadily for about one inch until is is wide again. Can this be fixed?

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Go to www.singerco.com and under customer support, you can download a free copy of your manual. Save it to your computer, then enlarge the diagrams, it is so much easier to see the details. The machine is a little more complicated than we are used to. It will also teach you how to lubricate and clean this little beauty. Good luck, have fun. Happy New Year.

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    Wow, I thought I was helpful, but I guess when you get free advice, it has no value. Good Luck

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