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I do not have a manual and I need help in threading my older singer.

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I found a free operation manual for your sewing machine on this website, called
It's a pdf file-I downloaded the pdf file & looked at it & was inpressed with it,,,it shows the threading of the machine & other things you might find helpful
when you get to the website,,
go down to the middle of the page
there's a large rectangle box outlined in orange-called- most common searches
there are a bunch of sewing machine numbers,, look for your sewing machine number it is there,, & click on it & it will take you to a page you will have to answer 3 questions about your sewing machine & then you can download the pdf file manual-
I had no trouble getting it downloaded
hope this helps you

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

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    you will come to the first page & there are on the left side alphebet letters, choose S-& find the singer name-click on singer it will take you to the second page where the info I told you about in the above answer is & follow the above info to get the free manual



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