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New CE5500PRWBrother. having trouble threading the top. the thread take up lever does not protrude enough to thread the thread through the hole. have read and re-read the manual. can't figure out what to do.

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Have you tried hand winding the fly wheel towards you to bring the take up lever to the top of its cycle to thread it?

This does sound strange as most computerised machines the machine would stop at the top of the cycle so this should not be necessary. Is it possible that it has been damaged in transit.

Best solution is probably to ring the shop where you purchased it and talk to their sewing machine person about it, certainly if it is a fault it should be under warranty.

And if it is just a case of you learning how to use the machine, a reputable shop should always be happy to answer a question or spend five minutes showing you again how to thread the machine.

When I purchased my last machine, I think I spent an hour there having a demo first time, then went back again with questions and my fabric to test sew myself before buying.

Posted on Apr 08, 2011


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