How to Thread a Sewing Machine?

It is the user manual of a sewing machine that is most helpful to get all the instructions on how to thread or run a sewing machine. However, if you have lost the manual or find the manual confusing, this article is for you. In this article, we are going to share with you the steps you need to follow to thread a sewing machine effectively. At the end of reading this article, you will know how to thread a sewing machine along with some bonus tips. Let’s start. 

The Locations of the Sewing Machine Parts

Before moving to tell you how to thread a sewing machine, we think that it is important to tell you the locations of the core parts or components that make a sewing machine. 

Tension Disc: It is generally located at the top left of your sewing machine. The lever (take-up) 

and the tension wheel is also in the same area. 

The Spool Pins: You will find the spool pins on the right side of the machine. For some machines, the spool pin is set on the back.

Bobbin Winder: It is also on the right side. 

Hand Wheel: The far left side of the machine is occupied by the hand wheel. 

Stitch Selector: When it comes to the stitch selector, you can locate it on the front lower part of the right side. 

Why Is Proper Threading So Important? 

Proper threading is important for many reasons. First of all, it ensures quality and secure stitches. Secondly, without proper threading, obtaining attractive stitches are not possible. Thirdly, the sewing machines for home and industrial use are required proper threading to make sure that you get the delicate and precision work done without any trouble. 

For all these reasons, proper threading is important. Threading a sewing machine takes less than 5 minutes. That’s why you should not worry about the time. If you do not know the way of threading, we are going to discuss the process step by step on the following section. 

How to Thread a Sewing Machine: Step by Step Guide?

Though the threading may seem daunting if you are a newbie here, you will find it easy after you do it repeatedly. You do not need to be a professional to thread a sewing machine properly. Here are the steps you should follow: 

  • The first step begins with putting the cotton on the spool-top. 
  • Use the thread guide to pull the thread. The thread guide is a small knob that looks like a small button. 
  • Now, pull the thread downwards. 
  • Loop the thread around the tension discs located below. 
  • You should now pull the thread back into the second thread guide once again. 
  • Bring down the thread to the needle. Follow the hooks and use them as the medium to hold the thread. 
  • Proceed to thread the needle from the front and then to the back. 
  • At this step, you have to load the bobbin of your sewing machine. How you do it depends on the type of bobbin and how the manufacturer of the machine has instructed to do. 
  • Due to the difference mentioned, some sewing machine requires to insert the bobbin from the top, while some require it to be inserted from the front. Again, there can have a removable part to insert the bobbin in some sewing machines while many come with a fixed position where to insert the bobbin.
  • Turn the flywheel (flywheel is the big wheel that you can find in the right side of your machine) towards you to let the needle hooks up the top thread along with the bottom thread. Also, do not forget to take the thread to the top of the machine plate from the bobbin. 
  • Next, find the bobbin thread loop and pull it up. Use tweezers or pin to hold it. 
  • Now that you have got both the threads, you have to gently pull both the threads together towards you. If everything you have done so far is done correctly, they will move freely when you start to pull them. 
  • You are almost done with threading your sewing machine. Now, it is time to check if the stitches and tension are working fine. To check, just grab a fabric scrap, and start sewing holding the thread at the back. And if you can smoothly run the machine, congratulations! You are done with threading a sewing machine successfully. 

Bonus Tip on How to Thread a Sewing Machine Effectively 

  • While you are testing if the threading is okay or not, start sewing slowly at first or sew just straight and simple seam. It is better to use a piece of scraps instead of using the clothes first. 
  • To avoid excess lint, choosing a good thread is very important. 
  • In case you get uneven stitches, it is a signal that there is an issue with tension adjustment. 
  • Change the needle after a regular interval. 
  • If you have low eyesight, using power glasses on your eye is important. However, in case you do not find the eye of the needle big enough, use stronger glasses so that you see the eyes in a magnified form. 
  • Use very sharp scissors to cut or trim the end of the thread. 
  • As the moist thread is easy to thread, you can use a little bit of water from your fingertips at the end of the thread. 
  • If your machine is not clean and lubricated with oil, make sure you do it before you start working with your sewing machine. 
  • Managing some extra light like a study lamp makes it easier for you to thread a sewing machine without having much stress on your eyes. 
  • Some little gadgets are available on the market to thread a sewing machine, you can also take help from any of those. 

Final Thoughts:

Threading a sewing machine might seem a daunting task to you if you have just got a sewing machine. When you will be able to learn about all the parts and how they work, it will be easier for you to thread a sewing machine in less than 5 minutes. We hope that this guide will help you know how to thread a sewing machine effectively. 

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