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Beginning with the spool, guide the thread through the thread guides to the tension assembly.
Pull the thread through the tension assembly and test it to make sure the tension is working correctly.
(To do this test, adjust your tension setting to normal or medium or 5 or something in the middle. Raise the presser foot and pull the thread through the tension. It should pull easily!! Lower the presser foot and pull the thread. It should pull noticeably harder.)
If it passes this test, continue up through the take up lever,then down through the thread guides to the needle.
Make sure your needle is fully inserted and turned the correct way.

And moreover you can get the manual downloaded from the below site by paying some small amount

This manual gives you a pictorial representation of threading

Please leave comment, if you need futher assistance

Posted on Sep 30, 2009


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