How to Thread a Sewing Machine

| May 20, 2015

If you’re reading this, you are probably a beginner when it comes to sewing. But don’t worry. The first part of sewing something is knowing how to thread a sewing machine. It may seem and look a little tricky, but you will get it after just a little practice. And if you want to sew something, you are going to have to use thread. So you have to learn how to do this. So if you’ve got your sights set on sewing something, here is how you start the process.

Threading A Sewing Machine

Threading A Sewing Machine

Every sewing machine is slightly different, and newer models will obviously differ from older models. So, these instructions are generally how you’d want to do this, but your machine could be slightly different.

Step 1: Wind the Bobbin

You will need to use some of your thread and you will want to actually wind it around your bobbin. Then you’ll want to place the bobbin onto the bobbin winder.

Step 2: Place Your Spool

You want to place your spool of your chosen color onto either your machine’s rear arm or post. On some machines there may be a spool holder that you can’t see once the spool is inserted. It’s just important that the spool can still spin without any resistance.

Step 3: Unwrap the Spool

You will want to unwrap a few centimeters or inches of the spool. Then pull it around the sewing machine’s tension arm and place the thread through a pinhole in the bobbin. You want to move from the inside of the rim to the outside. If you find that difficult, you can wrap a few rounds of thread by hand to get you going.

Step 4: Disengage Your Needle

You can do this easily by doing one rotation of your hand-wheel on the side of your sewing machine. You want to do this gently so your needle won’t be dangerously flopping and when you wind your bobbin.

Step 5: Press the Floor Pedal and Wind Thread Around the Bobbin

Keep pressing and using the pedal until your bobbin has been completely wrapped. However you don’t want anything to be overlapping or going over the edge of your bobbin.

Step 6: Give Your Bobbin a Short Tail

You want to trim the tail so that it’s relatively short. After you’ve trimmed the tail successfully, remove the bobbin from it’s spot on the top of the machine. On most machines, the bobbin goes under a door that is very close to your needle. It’s usually below or to the side of the needle.

Step 7: Re-engage the Machine’s Needle

You are almost ready to start sewing! After re-engaging the needle, open the door to the bobbin’s home.

Step 8: Unwind the Bobbin

You now want to unwind a few inches or centimeters of the bobbin. After you’ve done that, place the bobbin into it’s door. There will also be an area for you to place the unwound string.

Step 9: Close the Door and Unwind the Spool

When you close the door, you shouldn’t be able to see any thread. After you’ve closed the door, you need to unwind the spool. A foot (or around 30 cm) is a good place to start. Pull the unwound string through the left arm and then pull it down. The string should make a U-shape. Pull the string through the hook at the top of the needle. Then you should see a lever you will want to run it under. Then the loose string goes through the needle’s eye. Also pull on the lever. If you did it correctly, the barbs will grab the string. It could take a few tries to get this.

Step 10: Pull the String Under the Presser Foot

By doing this, the string will sit on the cloth. You will want to hold the string when you first start sewing. You are now all set!

Sewing may seem difficult to you right away, but eventually it may even turn into something you really enjoy and love to do. But one thing’s for sure, you can’t sew if you can’t successfully do the first step. So just practice it a few times to get the hang of it. Once you feel like you’ve got it, you have officially mastered the first step in becoming great at sewing.

So for most sewing machines, these are the basic steps to successfully thread a sewing machine. Your sewing machine could be slightly different, but these are the basics. So it’s not too complicated, and you should be great at it, (and sewing), in no time. And now that you know how to successfully get yourself ready to sew, why not get started on the actual sewing process?



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