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Sorry to say its time to take it in for repair, contact your local brother dealer for help. This can be very difficult to fix on your own. If it is a lower cost brother sewing machine, it may be cheaper to just get a new one, sometimes repairs are $70 - $80 and the cost of new one is just over 100.00

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