Originally Posted by Ramblinrev
It has to go in properly or what you describe will happen every time. Oh... and it is easy to mess that up. Even expert stitchers do it on occasion.
+1 on that! (yes voice of experience)
if you got money back on shipped machine, maybe you could use that to pay the Repair guy? of the 2, I would endorse repairing the Singer over the Brother.
also, check your local 'quilting specialty shop'; usually they will either have or know of a guy who does the older machines.
HTH, KM (who is way too susceptible to buying sewing machines at garage sales..)