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Kenmore 158.321 how to change needle?

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Loosen the screw that holds the needle in place, pull the old one out, pay attention to which way the flat bit is facing, push the new needle in as far as it will go with the flat part facing the same way as the one you pulled out, tighten the screw and your done. The flat bit 9 times out

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    Loosen the screw that holds the needle in place, pull the old one out, pay attention to which way the flat bit is facing, push the new needle in as far as it will go with the flat part facing the same way as the one you pulled out, tighten the screw and your done. The flat bit 9 times out of 10 will face toward the back.



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