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Elna 1010 Sewing Machine

Is there an online guide somewhere that I am missing? I need a thread guide for this particular machine that no other Elna guide matches.

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  • deliaofdalma May 12, 2008

    I got my machine back after 7 years no idea how to thread it correctly. Or wind a bobbin. Cant seem to find instructions.

  • Anonymous Jun 16, 2008

    Have forgot how to thread the machine. Bobbin is ok.

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    I need help threading the elna 1010. Ideas?

  • Anonymous Jun 26, 2008

    I need to instructions please for it use



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