If you're looking at the needle, the groove down the length of the needle should face you. That usually means the flat is towards the back of the machine...
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I did the very same thing with my Necchi today... seems like the flat should face the other way, and I can't see well enough to tell which way the flute is facing. Rolled it forward carefully, and CHUNK! the tip of the needle fetched up against the foot.
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