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My sewing machine will sew for about an inch then the thread breaks and tangles. Have changed needle, rethreaded bobbin and needle. Cannot unscrew needle plate, just twists screwdrivers.

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Turned out I am an idiot and had my needle in backwards, leading to the tangling. No idea why the needle plate would not unscrew, but my superhero husband got it off!

Posted on Aug 22, 2008

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