Machine Only Sews Forward When Pushing Reverse Button?

I bought a vintage Japanese badged Singer zigzag machine. It sewed beautifully, but I couldn't get it in reverse. So I removed the stitch regulator button as this is part of it, to see if the reverse button was frozen. When I put it back together, now it won't sew forward unless I hold the reverse button. The feed dogs don't move unless I hold it in. When I hold the reverse button in it sews forward and has very nice stitches. If I don't hold the reverse button in the feed dogs don't move and the reverse button goes in and out as if I'm sewing. I know I didn't break anything, but feel something is misaligned now.

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May 9, 20200 found this helpful
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You have replaced the parts wrong in the machine and put the control button back in backwards. Now the machine setting think you are sewing in reverse which is not correct and that is why you must hold the button in to make it sew forward. This part is bad on the machine and needs to be replaced in order to fix the problem. You need to take the machine apart again and look how you assemble it. Make sure you have it assembled correctly and if you do it should sew again forward but it will not sew in reverse because the part is bad.

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May 9, 20200 found this helpful
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I think the original problem was that you needed a new part as the reverse would not work. When you took it apart you probably did not get everything properly set or the part that was bad has just gotten worse - but it does sound like you placed something incorrectly as you are telling your machine to do something that it cannot do - without your help (these parts are tricky to get just right).


It sounds like you have a manual that you were trying to follow so that is good but still not easy unless you have experience.

If it were my machine, I would try to take it to a shop and ask for help but not a full service job - be sure they know this before they touch your machine.
Be very sure they tell what it will cost for them to tell you what you need before they look at your machine.
You only wish to know what part you need and buy it from them unless you think the price is too high.
I always go to the Sears Service Center as they have helped me many times and only charged for the parts I needed. They work on all models/brands.
The machine is heavy but you will probably have to do this sooner or later.

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May 7, 20200 found this helpful

I posted this question but posted a pic of the wrong machine. Sorry. The machine is a Idle Hour with precision motor. Not quite sure of year probably 1960 era. Would appreciate any responses. Thanks

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May 11, 20200 found this helpful

Thanks for the helpful info. I will try taking it out and replacing to see what I did wrong.

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