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Will not advance the fabric. It just sews in one spot.

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I'm assuming you've already checked to see if your stitch length is set to a normal stitch length, and that the presser foot is down when you're sewing.

The bad news is that you may have a broken gear in the feed dogs. I would take the machine apart as far as you can using the manual (pull the needleplate, pull the bobbin case), and use a penlight and dental mirror to inspect everything possible, clean (vacuum, no canned air!) and oil per the manual again, put in a new needle, and try again. But I really suspect a bad gear here. It's a common way for the less expensive machines to die.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011


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