Threading a sewing machine in 3 Easy Steps – Sew Basic

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Today’s topic is a hot one, if you’re a Beginner in Sewing… we’ll talk about

Threading Your Sewing Machine

and I would be really happy to hear from you if you ever have any trouble doing this… let’s solve them together 🙂

If you’re a more seasoned seamstress, you may prefer my Threading a Serger Made Simple tutorial

My Singer sewing machine was intended to be for a Beginner Needlewoman, so one of its features is the threading map: you can find helpful numbers on her outside, showing you the exact way to thread it.

Maybe your sewing machine doesn’t have this helpful feature, maybe has a slightly different way to thread:  take a look to your User’s Manual (and if you’ve lost it, see if you can find your sewing machine model online for FREE, like I wrote in the first post sewing machine related)

First Step :

Before you start threading your upper thread, I’ll show you how to

fill your bobbin (the lower thread)

Place an empty bobbin on the bobbin pin, usually on top-right of your sewing machine, then pull it to the right to engage the bobbin winder: now, when you push your pedal foot, your needle won’t move and your bobbin will start turning around itself.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Put now a spool on the spool pin and unwind 30-40 cm of thread, then lead it around the little metallic snap-in thread guide (keeping it under the guides before and after it)

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

You can fix the thread on the bobbin in two ways:

  1. thread it into one of the little holes in the bobbin, and hold it with your right hand while pushing on the pedal foot until the bobbin makes 5-10 rounds, then cut it;
  2. wrap it around the bobbin body 4-5 times and leave it there: as you can guess this is the easier way to do that, so it’s my favorite one!

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

You can now push your foot on the pedal and wind your bobbin, until it is full or you’ve put enough thread on it (sometimes you only need a little thread to finish your stitching with an unusual color).

Tip: The little plastic thing you see near the bobbin winder can be used to adjust the amount of thread you want to put in your bobbin: just loosen the screw on it and rotate it until it reaches the desired position: now you know how to select the amount of thread you can put on every bobbin!

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Cut the thread and disengage the bobbin winder, pushing bobbin and spindle toward the left, then remove the bobbin.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Look at that lint… OMG!

To place the bobbin, take a look at the red graph below: pay attention to the unwind direction of the thread and the route to follow (pull thread into the first notch, draw it back under the tension spring to the left, then let it out from the second notch).

Leave 10 cm of thread tail.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners
Tip: use the same thread on bobbin and spool, it helps you to avoid thread breakage!

Step 2:

Let’s go threading our spool thread (upper thread)!

First of all, raise your presser foot, to release the tension and check that your tension levers (number 5 on pics) are on the highest position!

Starting from the spool, snap your thread into the guides, following the numbers if you’re lucky like me (or your User’s Manual indications)

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Before threading your needle, be sure to put your thread behind the little metallic guide right above the needle.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Thread your needle from front to back leaving a thread tail of 10 cm.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Step 3:

raising the bobbin thread!

While gently holding the needle thread with your left hand, turn your hand wheel toward you, to get the needle inside the throat plate: you’ll see the thread turns around your bobbin and hold your bobbin thread.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Go on turning the hand wheel until you’ll see a loop rising from your throat plate… it’s your bobbin thread!!!!

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

Undo the loop pulling it with your hand and place both threads under the foot and draw them to the back of your sewing machine.

Serger Pepper - Sew Basic - Sewing Machine Threading for Beginners

 You’re done!!

Task Threading your Sewing Machine: Completed!!!

Congrats!

You can also check this Craftsy FREE Mini-Class: Sew Ready – Machine Basic to see more in-depth the topic, you can also see how to clean and oil your sewing machine there (and… Craftsy Classes are always the best!)

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2 Comments

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