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My sewing machine jammed recently and now when I try to turn my handwheel backwards my bobbin case spins to where the needle hits the case. I can turn it forward with no problems. Machine sews and back stitches just fine. This only happens when the handwheel is turned backwards. What can I do?

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You need a new position bracket. What's happened is you forgot to or incorrectly threaded your take-up lever which caused the machine to jam and position finger to twist. You will need to take your machine to a repair tech that has access to parts for your brand of machine.

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