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Instuction how to thread machine properly.

I've misplaced my instructions, and I doing a project at this time, I haven't used my machine for sometime and I forgot how to thread it. The printed guide on the front of the machine really is not helpful. Would you send me instructions how to thread and put the bobbin in the caseing so it doesnt bunch. Im working on tule, what did I set the tenstion too, thanks in advance for your help. P.S. I just ordered a instruction guide but I'm working on a project now that is due tomarrow.

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Here is a picture,I can email the manual as well if you supply an email address.

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