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Brother Window Matic Model HA3-B5

Need a diagram of how to thread this old all metal sewing machine. Top thread is bunching up. Also need info on tension adjustment and diagram on how to add thread to a bobbin. Is there a free manual available?
Thx. JF.
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  • windsor1934 Jun 24, 2008

    Contact Brother.com directly. They have the HA3-B5 manual in their archives and will email and mail you a copy. Good Luck. Windsor1934,

  • loreng Jul 12, 2008

    I have the same machine. I called Brother but they didn't have the manual. Any other suggestions?


  • amy lablance Jun 03, 2013

    Did you find somewhere that you can find the manual for the HA3-B5?? I just bought a refurbished one and have found that the foot pedal makes a popcorn sound when I stop sewing?? am I going to be electrocuted or do they all make this sound?? just wondering if anyone else has this problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    no manual need to know how to thread a model ha3-b5

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