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Need threading instructions for Elna SPECIAL not Super circa 1969-71

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Sewing machines basically thread in the same manner--from the spool through a thread guide or two, then through the tension disk, up and over the take-up lever, then down through guides to the needle.. Just be sure to ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading the top thread so the thread will seat fully in the tension disk.

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