How To Put Thread In A Sewing Machine - Find Out Here!

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Last Updated on 23 January, 2021 by Sharon

Now that you have your brand new sewing machine, it is finally time to use it! The first and most important step to using your sewing machine is putting thread into it properly and subsequently threading it through all of the parts of the device. This can be a tricky business, but with a few tips and tricks, you will become an expert in no time.

To properly thread your sewing machine, wind the bobbin, thread the top half, and then the bottom half of the device. Take your time and ensure that each step has been preformed correctly before moving onto the next.

Most sewing machines have the same parts in the same places, so this is a comprehensive guide for threading most sewing machines. When you are ready to thread your sewing machine for the first time, make sure you read the below guide to help you along.

Wind the Bobbin

The first step to threading your sewing machine is the place your thread spool in the spool pin. Make sure that the spool is turned so that the thread will be properly released anti-clockwise.

Before you place the spool on the pin, check the top of your machine. Some have a helpful diagram that shows exactly where the thread spool should be placed.

After you have placed the thread spool, pull the thread out. Tug at the very end of the thread and then wind it around the bobbin winding tension disc that is located at the top of the sewing machine.

You can find the bobbin winding tension disc at the opposite side of the machine above the needle.

Now, you can thread the bobbin. Take the end of the thread and feed it through one of the holes in the bobbin. Now, wrap the thread around the bobbin a few times in order to secure it.

If you would like to skip this step, many craft stores sell pre-threaded bobbins.

After you wind the bobbin, place it on the bobbin pin. This is likely on the top of your sewing machine and is a small plastic pin. Once you have done this, slide the bobbin bin to the right to lock it into place.

Now, you can finally start winding the bobbin. To do this, push down on the foot pedal or by pressing the bobbin winding button if your machine has one.

Winding the bobbin helps to ensure that the thread is securely wrapped around it. After you complete a few rotations, stop to cut the extra thread that is sticking out of the hole of the bobbin.

Put the bobbin winder back on or apply pressure to the foot pedal again to completely will the bobbin with thread.

Slide the bobbin pin to the left and remove the bobbin. Cut the excess thread but be sure to leave an extra 5 to 7 cm tail.

Now that you have wound the bobbin, you can thread the rest of your sewing machine!

Thread the Top Half of Your Machine

Now, you are ready to thread the top half of your machine.

Place the spool onto the spool pin which will be located on the right side of the sewing machine. It is usually the larger of the two pins that are on this side.

Place your spool of thread onto the spool pin and pull a little bit of thread out.

Now, wrap the thread around the thread guide. Pull the end of the thread and bring it across the top of the sewing machine. The thread guide is a grey piece of metal that sticks out from the top of the sewing mahcine.

Make sure that you bring the thread around the back of the thread guide and towards you and the front of the machine. Most machines have helpful guides printed here to help you along.

Pull the thread down by following the directional arrows on the machine. Loop the thread through the tension discs on the bottom and then back up towards the next thread guide.

This will create a skinny "U" shape with your bobbin thread.

Now, wrap the thread around the takeup lever. This is the metal piece that sticks out of the second thread guide.

The takeup lever has a hole cut out at the top to feed the thread through. When done correctly, this will crease a narrow sideways "S" with your thread.

Now you can finally thread the needle. Pull the thread down the machine and towards the needle.

Thread through the eye of the needle and pull several centimetres of thread out of the other side.

After you have finished these steps, the upper half of your machine has been completely threaded!

Thread the Bottom Half of Your Machine

First, remove the plastic cover on the lower compartment of your sewing machine to reveal the bobbin case. This is usually right below your needle or off to the side in front of your needle.

Unwind a few centimetres of thread from the bobbin and them place it into the bobbin compartment. Make sure you confirm with the diagram on the bobbin compartment to make sure you know which direction your thread should be going.

If one correctly, you should be able to pull on the thread to the right and it should unwind easily.

Now, expose the bobbin thread by grasping the round wheel on the right of your sewing machine. Turn it a few times to make the end of the thread pop out.

Now, your sewing machine should be completely threaded!

Threading Basics

Here are some additional tips and tricks to make sure that you thread your sewing machine quickly and properly every time.

  • Make sure that you always turn the handwheel anti-clockwise. Turning it in the wrong direction will disrupt the timing of your sewing machine and require repair from a professional.
  • Always ensure that the presser foot is in the down position before sewing. If you start sewing with the presser foot up, your bobbin can jam.
  • Be sure to change your needle regularly; usually every 6 to 8 hours of use just to be safe. Using dull or weak needles can cause damage to both the sewing machine and your fabric.
  • Always use the correct bobbin suited for your particular machine.

And there you have it! Now that you can thread your sewing machine like a pro, there is no limit to the projects you can create.

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