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I recently acquired a Singer 401A. I can't seem to be able to move the stitch selector knobs that you push in and pull out to move.

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Hi Connie

It is probably dried out and needs a good oiling. First you should soak it in a WD-40  type penetrating oil and let it sit for a while, then play with the knobs to loosen, once loosened oil it with a good sewing machine oil.

This should get you back sewing.

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Norman Roy

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Depending on the mechanical knowledge off owner, I can answer just about any question they ask. One lady asked about her feed dogs not going back up, some machines will not go back up unless you turn the wheel over, (start sewing). It sounds simple but sometimes you never think of it.

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I've been servicing sewing machines since 1989, I still service machines for Northwestern Ontario Canada. It is a large area with little or no service people and I can usually tell on the phone if it can be fixed by the owner.

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I took a 2 year apprentice course with a dealer who was looking to teach and hire. I worked for him for 8 years before moving up to the Northwest, Red Lake area of Ontario.

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