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Started sewing backwards now not moving material at all

Sewing just fine when mid-seam the maching just started sewing BACKWARDS! Used reverse button and sewed forward. Now it won't move material at all even though feed dogs are moving. (I don't think my sewing machine is the one listed below. The model number is SX-2122

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Sounds like the machine's age is causing the lubrication to get sticky.

Try changing the pattern by moving the pattern selector around.

Take out the bobbin and remove the thread and presser foot, raise the presser lever, set the pattern to zig zag, set the stitch length to maximum and run the machine at full speed. While it's running, repeatedly press the reverse lever all the way down. Run it for at least a few minutes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009

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