I have a 1/4" foot for mine but it does not have the guide. If your needle comes unthreaded when using the auto thread cutter, only thread through one hole of the three hole bar on top. I never thread more then one hole. The manual is about worthless but gives some info. It needs to be kept oiled, it uses a lot of oil as it is all mechanical. There is an adapter for it that will let you use the Brother snap on feet. It works fine. The bobbins I use are solid on one side and have the small grid of holes on the other side. I guess the solid side may go one way in the bobbin case but I never check which way mine goes. It sews fine either way.