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The stitch length is frozen on zero. was fine and i moved toward back stitch. It stopped and locked down at zero stitch length. Please advise.

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Your sewing machine probably needs cleaning and oiling. Follow the instructions in your owner's manual and use ONLY recently-purchased good quality sewing machine oil.

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