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Lint on clothes

I have lint on my clothes when they come out of the machine.  ---even when their are not towels etc. in load.  I can't find a lint trap. It's an old machine .  Any suggestions? i don't have booklet- Machine was part of the sale of house. Do you know where i can find a manual that explains the cycle and how they all work?
PS  i had to click one from dropdown bar  my machine is actually sears kenmore model # 110-  4121092  its top load very old machine  I live in canada but any info you have would be greatly appreciated 
thanks again

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Re: lint on clothes

The lint filter should be in the agitator. Pull the softener dispenser off the top of the agitator and check for a filter. You might even find that the agitator shaft is very dirty. Put through a warm wash with a solution of 1 cup vinegar to one cup bicarbonate of soda and let it go through complete wash. This should solve the problem.

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