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Putting my machine back to operating order

The entire needle housing unit fell, including the thread guide. I can't figure out how to put it back together again. HELP

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  • Chellirae May 03, 2008

    Does anyone have any idea how to put the needle holder back in. I looked in my manual and I don't see anything. It will not stay in. It seems that the thread holder might help to keep it tight, but it still falls out everytime I sew, very frustrating.



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Go to this link; and select your machine brand and model. Unfortunately they are not free, but you can purchase the instruction manual, the parts manual and the service manual of you wish. Sorry i hunted for free ones with no success. Hope this helps :)

Posted on Apr 18, 2007


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