I uploaded some pics into my gallery. I hope they post to my thread. Ok, my machine doesn't have the thread guide. I just inserted the thread in though the need from left to right. I have rethreaded the machine per your pics last night. I haven't had a chance to let it rip yet but, I did sew a couple lines slowly this morning and all seemed well. When I had it threaded incorrectly, the thread to the needle would break or fray real bad and then break. Could it be this is an early model 226R1 and it didn't have the thread guide?