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Needle alignment on serger model L5

The needles on the top part of the machine hit the top of the presserfoot. Nowhere for the needles to go through

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Presserfoot properly secured to the machine? Happens to one of the ones I own if I don't get it quite clipped in properly and then lower the presser foot. In any case, when you figure out the issue, throw out those needles.... they're damaged, and possibly bent and will only give you further grief.

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