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Thread is getting stuck

Kenmore model number 19233. The thread is getting stuck between the stopper and the knob as soon as I start sewing. I have cleaned the hook race and feed dog but nothing is helping. Can you?

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Be sure you have the top threaded correctly, from the first thread guide down to two, up to three (silver hook at three) then straight down tot he left of the needle. Through the needle form front to back.

Try to always remember to thread the machine with the presser foot up, this way the thread will surley pass through the tension disks.

I hope I understand this right... what stopper and what knob in case I got it wrong.


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