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August 31, 2015

how to thread a sewing machine

How to thread a sewing machine
Back when I worked at the craft store, the most common question I was asked, other than "How much fabric do I need to make a toga" (it was a fraternity-rich neighborhood), was "How in the world do I thread my sewing machine?" I even had one girl physically bring her machine into the store & ask me how to thread it. Sewing is one of those things that seems easy until you sit down at your machine. Then you see all these knobs, buttons, & numbers that are totally foreign, & it's totally intimidating! Fortunately, once you understand the basics, it's fairly simple.
How to load the bobbin on a sewing machine
| Loading the Bobbin |

Place your spool of thread onto rod #1, called the thread spool pin. Place your bobbin on spot #2, called the bobbin winder. Your bobbin will click in place. Next, wrap thread from the spool around spot #3, called the bobbin winder tension disc (it's a little disc on top of your thread guide, it wraps around under the disc), then around the bobbin. Wind the thread around the bobbin a few times, then slide the little lever next to the bobbin until it clicks. This regulates how much thread can be wound onto the bobbin. With your machine on, slowly press on the pedal. Your machine should begin to wind thread around the bobbin (your needle will also be moving, this is totally okay). The lever next to the bobbin will pop when your bobbin is full of thread. Cut the thread from the spool.
Step-by-step diagram on how to thread your sewing machine
| Threading the Machine | 

Let's talk threading! Fortunately most modern machines have handy arrows showing you where to run the thread, but in case you're still confused, here's what you do:

1. Load your spool of thread onto the rod at point #1. 
2. Run thread from the spool through point #2, the upper thread guide, which will be a hook on the top of your machine. 
3. From point #2, run the thread around point #3, the tension control. This will seem weird, but you want to run the thread between the tension discs on the knob, starting from the right side. On the left side of the knob is a wire spring loop that controls tension. With one hand, hold the spool of thread steady, then with your other hand pull up on the end of your thread. The thread will move the wire loop up. Pull up on the thread until the wire loop moves past the top hook & the thread slips into the hook. 
4. Run the thread through the hook just above the tension control knob, at point #4. 
5. Feed the thread through the eye of point #5, the take-up lever. 
6. Run the thread back down & hook through point #6, the thread guide. 
7. Hook the thread through point #7 on the right side, the face cover thread guide. This point isn't really a hook, so you basically push the thread in-between the prongs.
A step-by-step guide on how to thread your sewing machine
8. After running the thread in the tongs at point #7, feed through the right side of the thread guide at point #8. You'll be able to pull the thread from the back to the front in order to hook it in place.
9. Feed the thread through the eye of the needle. You can either cut or wet the end of the thread to make this easier.

Done with the top thread! Now onto the bottom thread. 
A step-by-step guide on threading your sewing machine
| Threading the Bobbin Case |

The bobbin is threaded under your machine. To thread the bottom, remove the hand hole cover plate. This is the plate located at the bottom left of your machine, sitting under the needle. You will now be able to see the bobbin shuttle, which moves the bottom thread. 

1. The bobbin sits inside the bobbin case. To remove the case, pull on the front latch
2. Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case & feed the thread through the slit on the side of the bobbin case with the thread running through the opening on the side of the case. Leave some thread dangling. 
3. Holding the front latch open, replace the bobbin case containing the bobbin, then release the latch. The arm on top of the bobbin case should snap in place.
4. Finally, hold the end of the top thread running through the needle, & slowly rotate the hand wheel (the large dial located on the top right side of your machine) until the needle pulls the bottom thread through the top. 

Now you're ready to sew! I know it seems like a lot, but once you get the hang of it it'll be a breeze. Keep stitchin', guys!

xoxo, 
-m.e.

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