Basic Set Up
Threading a Brother sewing machine correctly is crucial for the quality of your finished product and a vital part of machine usage. To get the perfect results, all you need to do is set up a few simple steps and you will be ready to sew in no time. To begin, start by finding the spool pin on the top of the machine. It’s usually located behind a metal or plastic cover.
The next step is to slide the spool pin into the end of the spool, which holds it in place. Once the spool pin is securely in place, you need to make sure the spool is turning the correct way. On most Brother sewing machines, the spool should always turn counter clockwise. Make sure to fix the end of the thread between the thread guides and the spool holder.
Positioned Now to Thread
Now that your spool is secured, you can begin to thread the machine. First, locate the threading lever on the opposed side to the spool pin, then push the lever down. This will bring the needle threader into the correct position. Now, take the thread and bring it to the left of the machine and run it through the first thread guide, then the second.
The thread should then be passed through the threading lever and the eye of the needle. If you cannot thread it through the eye manually, you can use the needle threader, which is a hook-like tool in the same position as the threading lever. Slide your thread through the hook and pull downwards to thread the needle.
Pulling Down Bobbin Tension Knob
Once you’ve threaded your needle, you should move on to the bobbin tension knob. It’s important to find the two-tone thread guide, which is a metal ring that holds the thread in place. Secure the ring and the thread guide above the spool pin to ensure that the thread isn’t pulled directly from the spool during the sewing process. After these steps, manually pull down the bobbin tension knob and release it to let the thread pass through.
The last step is to wrap the thread around the bobbin by turning it towards the left hand side. The thread should be wrapped around the bobbin in a figure-of-eight shape three times before being cut. Afterwards, your bobbin is ready and threaded correctly.
Engaging the Thread for Sewing
Once you’ve finished threading the machine, you should ensure that the presser foot is raised. This will give you the necessary access to be able to engage the thread for sewing. All you need to do is place your fabric under the machine and pull the needle threader towards you, as this will draw up the bobbin thread as well. Finally, push the needle threader to the left, in the direction of the needle, and start sewing.
Taking the time to set up the spool on a Brother sewing machine correctly is one of the most important steps. By following the right steps, you can be sure that the machine won’t jam and you’ll be able to achieve perfect results every time.
Protecting the Machine
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your sewing machine makes it more efficient and ensures that it will last longer. Change the needle regularly and check for any buildup of lint or dust. Furthermore, always remember to use the right type and size of needle for the fabric you are working with. Not taking the necessary precautions can lead to needle breakage, which can damage the machine.
To get the most out of your sewing machine, there are a few tips and tricks that you can use to improve the quality of your sewing. For example,, it’s important to respect the stitch tension settings, as this will ensure that your stitches remain even and neat. It’s also important to position your fabric correctly, as the correct fabric alignment will ensure that your finished project looks better.
Although not necessary, investing in a sewing machine stabilizer is a great way to stop the fabric from shifting while you sew. The stabilizer holds the fabric in place, preventing any uneven stitches or puckering.
Threading and Troubleshooting
If you’re having difficulty threading the machine, it’s worth consulting the user’s manual. It will provide further advice and instruction that should make it easier for you to thread the machine correctly.
If you’re having difficulty with the bobbin thread, make sure that your needle is properly threaded and the presser foot is down. Also, ensure that the bobbin tension is set to the middle setting, as a too-tight tension can result in skipped stitches. Additionally, if you’re using an older Brother model, you may need to rethread the needle and reset the bobbin tension.
Fixing Loose Spool Threads
Lastly, take the time to ensure that your spool threads are not too loose. Loose threads can cause a lot of problems and should be fixed before sewing, as they can cause tangling or knotting. You can easily fix this problem with a pair of tweezers or similar tool. Simply grasp the loose thread and hold it until you have fully secured it.
At this point, you are finally ready to begin sewing with your Brother sewing machine again. By following the above steps, you can be sure to achieve the best results with your machine, every time.