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My sears Kenmore sewing machine model 385.17026 back stitch button is not working, how to fix or what might be wrong?

Oiling and dusting machine parts. Owners manual does not have any trouble shooting for back stitch button not working.

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Your reverse assembly needs oil. You should probably take it in to be serviced.

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