How to Thread a Sewing Machine

Hi there, it’s time for my next instalment on Sewing Machines. I found that there is a common theme in terms of the questions I get asked online regarding sewing machines. More often than not it’s how do I thread a sewing machine? One of the first things you will have to do before you use your sewing machine is to get the needle and thread ready so I wanted to write up a quick tutorial on how to thread a sewing machine. If you have the user manual that came with your sewing machine then there will be instructions on how to do this. However, if you got your sewing machine from a garage sale or if it was handed down from a family member you may not have the manual so some step-by-step instructions would be helpful.

A sewing machine uses two sewing threads. There is an upper thread and a lower thread. You can start with the lower thread by opening the slide plate. Hold the bobbin in your left hand and pull the thread with your right hand. Next, place the bobbin inside of the bobbin case and then pull the thread around the edge. There will be small notches around the bobbin that the thread must catch on. Then simply close the slide plate and leave the thread poking out.

For the top thread you will need to place a spool of thread onto the spool spin. There is a hole in a spool of thread that will allow you to slide the thread onto the spool spin. Once your spool of thread is on the spool spin you can slowly pull some thread down to a metal hook that will be on your machine. From there, you will pull the thread down and around the needle thread tension and then back up and through the take up lever. You will also need to run the thread through the little metal curlicues and the thread will have to go through both of them in order for your machine to sew properly.

After you’ve completed all the steps above you will need to put the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back. It can sometimes be challenging to thread a needle but go slowly and be patient. Once you have your needle threaded, hold the thread in your left hand and turn the hand wheel down once and backup. When you do this a small loop will come up through the presser foot. Pull the loop through and you will now have one thread coming through the needle and one thread coming from the bobbin.

If you have a manual that came with your machine there will be pictures and it is certainly easier to work from a diagram. If you don’t have your manual you may be able to download a copy online. If you are not able to obtain a copy of your manual you may also do a search to find some videos online because following instructions without some sort of visual aids can be difficult. Threading a sewing machine for the first time may be a bit challenging but once you have done it a couple of times it really is fairly simple and you will be able to do it quickly and easily. You can find plenty of places here in Vancouver that can do it for you. I’ll be back next week with another interesting article. Till then. Ciao!