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Threading bobbin I have a Kenmore model 158, How come I can't get my bobbin thread to go on even when I am adding thread to my bobbin. I do not have a manual left. It is a old machine but I have forgotten what I need to do. I think I have it threaded correctly. Help me please. Thanks, Janet

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Hi Janet
Sorry to seem a bit thick but I am not sure what you mean.
Have a look at this website, in addition to various manuals they have a threading page.
If you cannoy find what you need email them and they will help.
www.kenmoremanuals.com

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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