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I have an old Singer (1963). the top thread keeps breaking. Help!

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  • margaretbowm Jun 07, 2010

    I am using a fine cotton thread for both bobbin and top threading.

  • margaretbowm Jun 07, 2010

    I don't think my answer was sent (I have anew computer)..I am using a fine cotton thread - both for bobbin and top threading.

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Something is up wit the top tension...don't try to fix it yourself, take it to a repair shop, you'll be glad you did.

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