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Needle threading the needle threading used to work perfectly, but of late it will not pick up the thread and make a loop. I have checked the needle for correct placement and for the height of the needle, and also for the correct needle. Please help before I throw the machine out of the window

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Well we have found out the problem but cannot fix it. The small metal hook that goes through the needle, is slightly bent to one side, and being such a small space in that area cannot really get to it to straighten it. How it got like that I cannot understand, with the metal so hard. So from now on will haves to thread by hand, such a pain.

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