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On my lettera 22 the string that returns the carriage came off,and I would like to know how to re-connect it. Somehow it winds around a round case with a spring in it. Every time you press a key the tension on the string pulls the carriage to the next position. Is there an on-line manual explaining how to do this. Thanks for any help. Lstar1011@yahoo.com - Paul Lapense

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You can buy a roll of fishing line and make a draw string to match it. Cut a piece off about 14 inch.Tie a knot in one end and a small loop in the other. Hook the loop to the right side and pull it to the left under the carriage. Now wind the mainspring up to about five or six turns and push the small know into the slot. Carefully unwind until string is taught.

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  • Jinster Sep 03, 2011

    JayBlair, if you are still around. I don't understand what you mean by "push the small knot into the slot". Which slot are you referring to? On the white wheel? I don't see a slot in the wheel itself. I have a Lettera 41 and the string got tangled/caught inside the white wheel so it doesn't retract anymore. Thanks.

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