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Home and Garden

Projects and tips to help you in your home and garden.

Homemade Softscrub Cleaner Recipe, Photo of cleaning bucket and supplies. Cleaning 
Shade Garden Gardening 
COntractor standing outside a home that is under construction. Home Improvement 
Repair Tips Repair 
Tick on Skin Pest Control 
Emergency Preparation Emergency 

Brown Splotches on Stevia Leaves

I just bought my stevia plant about a week ago and many of its leaves are getting dry brown splotches over them. I have it sitting in a north-facing window with my other herbs, but the room is generally quite sunny as well.

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Eliminating Urine Odor for Catheter Usage

My dad is 92 y/o and lives in assisted living. He has a Supra pubic catheter. He has been instructed in emptying his bag into a urinal to minimize splashing. Unfortunately there is still splashing....

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Fleas in Human Hair

A friend's dog is the reason I have fleas in my home. I've tried sprays and smoke bombs and they're not going. When I smoke a fag they crawl all over my face coz they are in my hair.

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Hot Dish Left Burn Mark on Table

How can I remove a burn spot on my dining table, from placing a hot dish on it?

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Oil Based Wood Stain on Khaki Pants
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Red Wine Stain on Memory Foam

How do I get it out of my memory foam mattress?

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Repairing a Singer Steam Press

My steam press machine, model MSP7 S/N 79125437, was working fine then all of a sudden it just quit. No light is coming on. When you turn it on you can hear the relay click and that's it. Are parts still available for this model?

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Cleaning Stained CorningWare

I have some old plates with yellowing on the bottoms. I soaked in denture tabs it helped, but the stains are still there. Any ideas?

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Red Bugs in Bed

Are bed bugs red? What should I do about it?

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Using Peppermint Oil Around Pets

Will peppermint oil harm dogs?

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Caring for an Air Plant
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Cleaning Scotch Brite Pads
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Getting Rid of Johnson Grass
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Removing Stains on Corian

I have a stain of my white Corian top from a wood cabinet that was on it for a few years. How can I remove it?

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Replacement Parts for the Handy Stitch Sewing Machine

I have had my Handy Stitch for at least 10 years. Over the years of moving and cleaning I have managed to misplace the bobbin pin. I need to know how I can get a replacement bobbin pin for my Handy Stitch.

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Washing Machine Not Cleaning Clothes
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Cleaning a Laundry Line
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Cleaning Window Caulk
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Kitchen Curtain Color Advice

I have medium blue walls in my kitchen, a beige tablecloth, wood on the bottom and the wall is painted blue on the top. I have all wood grain cabinets, a black microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

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Living Room Curtain Color Advice

I have a gray couch and a green flowered pattern couch in my living room. I have a beige carpet with green and brown and tan pattens and dark green walls. I have a black computer chair and a black computer tower and monitor.

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Rose Of Sharon
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Using Recycled Buckets and Bottles for...
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Filling Bare Spots in Your Autumn Garden
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Growing Grapefruit from Seed
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Growing Summer Savory
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Remote Won't Close Garage Door

I have followed the instructions in programming the remote. It works to open the door, but not to close the door. Help!

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Selling a Poplar Tree

I have a large poplar tree that was struck by lightening yet is alive and doing well. I'd like to see if I can sell it.

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Using Dyed Wood Mulch
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Creating Adequate Drainage in Your Yard
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Does Baking Soda Kill Bed Bugs?

I'm trying to find out if baking soda kills off bed bugs. Does anyone know? I want to get them before they infest my apartment, I detected them early. They are here due to a neighbor who brought in road side furniture.

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Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

How do I get rid of bed bugs myself? I'm not infested yet, I think my neighbor down stairs brought them here. I saw him bring in used furniture and now I'm suffering for it.

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Grow Microgreens Indoors

Using discarded foam egg containers, separate the top from the bottom. Cut holes in the bottom of each individual egg compartment and fit the lid beneath the bottom. Moisten some seed starting top soil and fill eleven of the separate compartments.

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Growing Mimosas from Root Suckers

In an area where a mimosa tree was cut down, new sprouts are growing from the old root systems.Can I cut a short section from the root with a 24 inch sprout attached and replant it in another spot, in the fall, successfully?

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Kitchen Paint Colour Advice

My kitchen is small with white units and black marble effect worktops. I need advice on which colour would look good on walls.

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Living Room Paint Color Advice

My furniture pieces are cranberry red, navy blue, sage green, and tan. The flooring is hardwood, mid-range brown. Drapes are navy blue. What color should I paint the walls? Beige is not an option.

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Preparing Container Plants for Winter
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Preventing Animals from Damaging Plants...
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Removing a Musty Odor from Furniture

How do I remove a very strong musty odor from a wooden hutch?

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Removing Bleach Smell

How to I remove the smell of bleach in my sink?

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Removing Stains on Micro Suede Furniture
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Removing Tree Sap From Leather

How can I remove cottonwood sap from leather boat seats?

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Transplanting a Weeping Cherry

I have two 12 year old weeping cherry trees, and they are too close together. Can they be transplanted and if so how do I do it without killing them?

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Use Gravel for Cleaning Bottles

I shake a small amount of rough cut small gravel with some detergent and water to clean our bottles that have stuff stuck to the inside. Just strain off and rinse the gravel, let dry, and it is ready for next time.

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Using a Seed Exchange
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When to Avoid Using Mulch
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Wine Stains on Old Crocheted Tablecloth

How can I remove wine stains from a really old crocheted table cloth? Grandma made it, probably 60 years ago and it has lain in my aunt's dresser drawer for at least 40 years. I've soaked it regular laundry soap. Now soaking in lemon juice/water. Help!

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Cleaning Bathroom Cabinet Handles

How do I get the green stuff off of my bathroom cabinet handles?

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Cleaning Tar from Gold Jewelry

While roofing, I got tar on my gold chain and the medallions hanging from it. What is the safest way to remove the tar without harming the jewelry?

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Growing Corn in a Container Garden
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Repainting Vinyl Mobile Home Walls

I want to re-paint the walls in my mobile home. I found out that the walls were not treated before painting the first time (I believe it was that vinyl shiny stuff), just painted on top of the vinyl. The paint is peeling in spots. What should I do before re-painting?

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Saving Money on Stain Treatment
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Repairing a Sewing Machine

So I was using my mom's sewing machine and the circle thing on the right side was being funky so I turned it and stuff and this little metal hook-like piece fell out. Now the machine doesn't sew. What did I do?

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Sewing Machine Continues Stitching

I have a white sewing machine, model W1750 D'lite sewing machine that my aunt purchased and gave to me. It sews fine both straight and zigzag. The problem is that it won't stop stitching when you hit the stop button or release the foot pedal.

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Airing Out the Washing Machine
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Cleaning Chemical Stains in an Oven
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Paint Color Advice

This room needs a firecracker of color to make it "pop." There is not a lot of light in this room to begin with. We have a medium gray tile floor (Daytona Beach sand remedy) and dark brown leather furniture. The walls are a combination of a medium tan and aqua.

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Protecting Plants When Painting Your Home
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Caring for Your Flower Garden
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Choosing a Garden Bench
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Cleaning a Dooney and Bourke Backpack

How can I wash this bag? I tried to wash it with soap and water in the sink and the bright pink fabric on the inside faded to the grey exterior. I cannot get the color bleed out of the grey exterior.

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Cleaning a Velveteen Horse Blanket
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Diluting Laundry Detergent

I've tried cheaper detergents and homemade laundry detergent but I always go back to Tide Coldwater. I love the smell it leaves my clothes. I've discovered that if I diluted the Tide by 50% water, my clothes are just as clean and smell just as good.

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Fixing a Straw Hat
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Free Pot Scrapers

I lost my pot scrapers recently. It struck me that I knew exactly how to get my hands on more without spending a dime! Cut them from those sturdy, empty shampoo and conditioner bottles. I've always thought it was such a shame to just toss them.

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Keeping Birds Away
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Removing Onion Smell
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Use Microfiber for Swiffer WetJet Pads

I used the hair towels made of microfiber material, from $1 Dollar Tree. Just trim to size. They attach wonderfully. When one side is dirty, I flip it over before washing. An especially cheap alternative to the WetJet pads!

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Using Hedge Apples to Repel Spiders

When hedgeapples turn brown, or rotten, do they still work? Also, can you freeze then to use later when they are not in season?

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Curtain Color Advice

I have a burgundy carpet and green sofa. What color curtains should I use to match?

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Free Sunflower
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Keeping Birds Off the Rain Gauge
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Painting Each Room a Different Color
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Removing Stains on Red Suede Couch
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Removing Tape Residue from Clothing

How do I remove tape residue from a sport shirt? The paper towel/iron method did not remove the stickiness. What else can I do?

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Repairing Slate Steps
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Salvia Guaranitica For Hummingbirds
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Choosing Paint Colors
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Double up on Drainer Space
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Polishing Furniture
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Removing Sticky Residue from Name...
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Repairing an H2O Steam Mop
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Sweet Gum Balls in Compost Pile

Are the balls good to put in my compost pile?

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Cleaning and Repairing Paper Bag Wallpaper

I bought my home with one of the bathrooms done in brown paper bag; I love it. But above the shower it got wet and part of it is coming up, how do I fix it? And how can I clean a spot on the wall?

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Cleaning Melted Balloon Off a Painted Wall
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Removing Dye Transfer on Football Jersey

I washed my son's white football jersey last night with a few other items (that have been washed hundreds of times). My bright pink tank top decided to bleed for the first time ever and it bleed onto my son's white football jersey...

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Repairing A Plastic Mattress Cover
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Repairing Pin Hole in a Stainless Steel Pan

I have a 6 qt stainless steel pan that has a tiny pin hole and was wondering how to fix it.

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Softening Clumped Dishwasher Detergent
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Teflon Coating Coming Off Foreman Grill

The black paint came off of part of the grill plate. It is still working fine. What difference does it make?

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Dressing up a Chain Link Fence
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Kitchen Wall Color Advice

I would like advice for wall and tile color that will match my oak cabinets and dark green counter top.

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Removing Sap From a Hammock
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Using a Hand Saw
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Cleaning Taco Sauce Stain on Plastic Shelf

I had taco sauce stain the plastic on a refrigerator door. Its a big stain. Any solutions for this?

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Getting Rid of Bad Old House Smell

We just moved into a 75 yr old house, it was recently sold to a new owner (we're leasing) so it was thoroughly inspected and has new plumbing. When we first walked it in was very noticeable but it's old and all hardwood floors. We've painted all the walls and trim. When I'm in the house I don't really notice the smell. When I leave the house the smell has infused through every fiber of my clothes, bag, hair, etc. When I get I to my car I'm overwhelmed with the smell of the house that's coming from me. It's horrible. We recently traveled overseas, when we opened our luggage, all of our clothes stank of "old house". This cannot be normal. I've used vinegar, Odoban, and room shocker. I don't want to mask the smell. I want to get rid of it. Any ideas?

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Greening Up Your Lawns

Does anyone have a tried and true recipe for getting your lawns green?

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Replacing Leather Caning on Old Chair

I have an antique, hand-made chair that was caned in leather 1/4 inch strips of leather. The pattern is horizontal, totally horizontal from side to side, but the back to front strips criss-cross diagonally.

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Black Jeans Dye Bled on White Blouse

How do you remove dye from black Levi jeans which has discolored a white blouse?

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Cleaning With Sugarsoap

Can I use sugarsoap on outside walls to clean green mildew off the house wall?

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Bolens Riding Mower Safety Switches

How many safety switches are there and where are they located on a Bolens riding mower, 13an683g163?

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Cleaning a Hammock
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Indoor Gardenia Care
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Protecting Opossums

Opossums eat rats Encourage your area to set up an area for opossums.

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Removing Cooking Grease Smell from Clothes

My husband's work clothes always reek of old nasty cooking oil. I wash them in solution of dish washing detergent, lemon scented ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, in hot water.

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Repairing a Gliding Chair

On the glider there's a piece that sits within the wood of the glider side that has come out - the screws are worn and need to be reinserted. How do I figure out how to take that one piece off without having to disassemble the entire glider?

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What is This Plant?
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Bedroom Paint Color Advice

I have curtains, pillows, and a comforter that have a greenish/yellow background, covered with light and medium dark mauve flowers. I can't figure out what color to paint my bedroom walls and crown mouldings!

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Caring for a Gardenia Plant Indoors

I have a 5 ft gardenia tree I would like to bring indoors, we live in the northeast and it would never survive 0 temps. Any information on keeping this beautiful tree alive would be greatly appreciated

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Cleaning Hairspray Off Bathroom Surfaces
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Clearing a Toilet Clogged with Cat Litter
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Cloudy White Spots on Laminate Countertop
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Flowerpot Gardener Taking a Rest
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Getting Rid of Mothball Odor in the House

We have a serious problem with a mothball smell which has been an issue for selling our home. We painted the whole inside of the house along with an entire carpet shampoo. I mop the floor with Pine Sol everyday, but no luck.

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Growing Sweet Potato Squash (Delicata...
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Keeping Snakes Out of the Compost Bin

How do I keep the snakes out of my compost bin? I love composting, but hate snakes!

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Melted Plastic on Car Seat

I bought an air freshener from Bath and Body Works that is a clip for your visor and it melted right over my carseat. How can I remove it?

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Pruning Evergreens
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Removing Cement Dust on Red Stepping Stones

Our contractor got cement dust on the neighbor's red stepping stones. How do I remove it?

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Removing Fruit and Vegetable Juice Stains...
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Removing White Steam Marks on Wood...
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Brother Sewing Machine Needle in Wrong Position

The whole mechanism that goes from the top of my machine down to holding the needle has shifted. The needle will not go down into the machine. It is to the left of the hole.

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Choosing Color and Style of Window...
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Getting Rid of Tiny Bugs in Kitchen
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Paddle Not Turning on WelBilt Bread Machine
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