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I cannot seem to get the top thread of my machine to pull smoothly through the tension disks. The machine was bought as JCPenney 25 years ago, no name brand-- Thank you!

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Are you trying to pull the thread when the presser foot is up or down. Try this, rethread, then with the presser foot up, pull the thread it should feed smoothly, Now put the presser foot down, now the thread should barely move. Sometimes this seats the thread in the tension discs. Also, check your top tension control, I use 3 and maybe that will help you. Is your bobbin threaded right? Hopefully, this will help

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