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The thread guide under the needle screw is broken. where can I buy one? thanks, Marcia

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I would firstly try Elna office in your country, they should be able to either source the part or direct you to a dealer who carries it. then choose your country from the drop down box.

Other parts sources for various makes are, or, specialise in Elnas, but moreso the Swiss made models from Tavaro. The 1010 looks like it isn't one of these, probably made in Japan?

Posted on May 23, 2011


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please try this simple tips:

Good day!

A sewing machine operator can often help themselves when their machine does not operate properly.
Here are some simple instructions, which if properly used can save time and mechanics service calls.
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