How To Attach Thread To Sewing Machine

Safety First

Before discussing how to actually attach thread to a sewing machine, it’s important to first go over safety considerations and best practices. Firstly, make sure that you’re familiar with the instructions in the user manual that you received with your machine. This manual will help you to better understand the machine and its many parts, as well as provide valuable tips for troubleshooting and maintenance. Additionally, if possible, unplug the machine before proceeding.

To ensure safe and effective use of the machine, it is essential to use the correct equipment. This might include using a machine-specific thread holder and thread, as well as bobbins and needles that are approved and recommended for use with the machine. Never use any old thread or needle that could tear the fabric or damage the machine, as accidents can occur when working with high operating speeds.

The Process

To begin, you should always start by positioning the spool of thread onto the spool pin of the sewing machine. Ensure that the spool has the right orientation and that it isn’t too loose or too tight. This will give you maximum control of the thread and help to keep the tension constant.

Once the spool is in place, you can thread the needle. To do this, start by lifting the presser foot, running the thread from the spool pin through the guides, then up and around the tension discs, and finally down to the eye of the needle. You can use a threader if you’re having trouble threading the needle manually. Make sure that you are using the correct needle size for the thickness of the fabric you’re working with – a thicker thread requires a larger needle size.

Next, draw the upper thread through the thread hook, then lower the presser foot and pull the upper thread every few inches. Now, draw the bobbin thread through the bobbin case by pressing the reverse stitching button. Pull both thread ends to the back side of your machine and tie them together with a few knots to secure them.

Finally, lift the presser foot and draw the upper thread towards the back side, and you’re ready to start sewing. Make sure you wind the bobbin with enough thread so that it doesn’t run out before you’ve finished your project.

Picking Thread and Sewing Machine Needles

When selecting your thread for a sewing project, it’s important to pick one that is appropriate for the fabric you’re using. This is because thread thickness, twist, and strength can vary from one type of thread to the next. In general, thinner fabrics do better with finer threads, while thicker fabrics handle heavier threads. It’s also important to pick a thread that works with your needle size, as larger needles require thicker thread.

The type of needle used for a sewing project is also important. Different fabrics and thread widths require different shaped needles; some even require specialized needles. Generally, when sewing woven fabric, a sharp needle (size 11/75 or 12/80) should be used, while when sewing with thicker fabrics, a longer needle (size 14/90 or 16/100) should be used. Denim fabrics can use a thicker needle, such as a size 18/110.Ball point needles are better suited for sewing with knit fabrics, while universal needles can be used for a variety of fabrics.

Using a Thread Cutter

Using a thread cutter can help to make the task of attaching thread to your sewing machine a lot easier. Thread cutters come in various sizes and shapes, and can be used to quickly clip the thread once it’s been pulled through the needle. Many modern machines come with built-in thread cutters or thread trimmers, which are automated and can be used with just the push of a button. If you’re planning to use a thread cutter, make sure to keep the blade sharp and properly maintained, as dull blades can cause thread to break or fray.

Thread Tension

Thread tension plays an important role in the quality of the stitches formed on your sewing machine. Too much tension can cause puckering or uneven stitches, while too little tension can cause skipped stitches or loose hems. The tension setting of your machine should be adjusted to suit the type and thickness of fabric and thread being used.

Generally, the heavier the fabric, the higher the tension should be. For lighter fabrics, lower tensions should be used. Typically, tensions between 4 and 6 are suitable for most fabrics, but it’s important to experiment with different tensions until you find the setting that works best for your project. Always begin with the tension setting at the middle position and then adjust from there.


If you’re having trouble attaching thread, one of the first things to check is the thread guide. It should be clean and free of lint or thread snags, and the thread should move freely through it. Additionally, check the tension discs and make sure they are properly adjusted. Finally, check the needle and make sure that it is the correct size and type for the fabric being used.

Threaders and Bobbins

Threaders and bobbins are essential tools for attaching thread to your machine. Threaders, which are usually made of plastic, are usually used to thread the needle without having to struggle to get the thread through the eye of the needle. This can be especially helpful when working with narrow or stiff thread. Bobbins come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and are used for winding thread, which is then inserted into the bobbin case of the machine.

Using Lubricants

Using the right type of lubricant is also important when attaching thread to a sewing machine. It can help keep the interior parts of the machine lubricated and running smoothly. Check the user manual that came with your machine to see what kind of lubricant. is recommended for use. Make sure to only use small amounts at a time and apply the lubricant in the places indicated.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Finally, one of the best things you can do to keep your sewing machine running smoothly is to complete regular maintenance and upkeep. Keep the machine in a cool, dry place, away from heat sources. Clean and oil the machine regularly, and if possible, have it serviced by a professional. A properly maintained machine can last for many years.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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