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Stuck in reverse

Started sewing in reverse and it wouldn't ever disengage from reverse, so now that's the only direction it will sew in

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  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2007

    We also have a machine stuck in reverse. I will try to take the cover off and oil it to reset it. Thanks Susie

  • Dymonsnrust Jan 11, 2008

    I recently purchased a used Singer Model #6234 for my mother. When she tried sewing it would not disengage from reverse. She now has 3 unusable sewing machines sitting in her sewing room!

  • kiana-2 Jul 22, 2008

    Started sewing in reverse and it wouldn't ever disengage from reverse, so now that's the only direction it will sew in

    oiled machine...model 6022 made in Taiwan

  • kbjkadkins
    kbjkadkins Dec 06, 2012

    for anyone having an issue with reverse sticking or only running in reverse, your machine maybe dusty or need oiled. Also you may have an issue with thespring operating the reverse button. I was given an older 12 stitch kenmore and my husband was able to remove what looked like lent and oil it, the machine works lik new. GOOD LUCK!

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Will. Only sew in reverse



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The reverse button is attached to link that moves a lever to make the machine sew in reverse. The lever is spring loaded so it returns to forward sewing when the button is released. Either the spring has come off or there is a bind in the lever(oil it). In order to solve the problem, the covers must be removed.

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