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Machine sews only in reverse

How do I get my machine to sew forward? It will only sew in reverse though I have followed the instructions to:
hold down the reverse button to sew in reverse
release the reverse button to sew forward

The reverse button seems to be stuck.

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  • lpf43 Nov 30, 2008

    My machine sews only in reverse after working well a month ago.  When I push the reverse button, it sews forward.

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    I pressed the reverse button when sewing, and now I am not able to sew in forward

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    My Janome 642 sewing machine is stuck in reverse. The button that is pressed to reverse is not pushed down yet it still reverses. I have tried holding down the button again and releasing with no avail. Are there any parts that may be jammed and how do I fix this (if any)?

    Thank you for your time :-)

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Be sure you are in the correct stitch pattern...if you are on a buttonhole stitch or a stretch stitch it normal for the machine to sew backwards. Be sure your length is to the right of 0 and not in a strtch stitch model or buttonhole mode.

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Posted on Jul 29, 2008

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My kenmore 12 stitch was stuck in reverse. My friend used to work with a repair man, she said to open bottom some times thread is bound up, and may need oiled. My husband checked and found a bunch of lint and dust, he removed it and oiled it. My machine now works like new. Also sometimes the spring that operates reverse button can break or come loose. Good Luck!

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