Before getting started, it’s essential to make sure the sewing machine is properly prepared. Begin by checking that the needle is properly inserted and firmly tightened. Change the needle as needed and make sure the machine is correctly threaded. Now it’s time to learn how to insert the thread.
Step 1: Locate the spool holder. Most spool holders will be on the top of the machine, and the exact position may vary depending on the model. Insert the spool of thread into the holder and guide it under the thread guide, ensuring the thread comes off the spool smoothly.
Step 2: Take the thread and guide it around the tension wheel. Ensure that the tension wheel is at the correct setting, usually indicated by a numerical value or a color code. Loosen the wheel and guide the thread carefully through it before tightening it again.
Step 3: Pass the thread through the slit in the tension disc and guide it around the take-up lever. Finally, thread it through the eye of the needle. Secure the thread in place by using the hand wheel and gently pushing it down to the needle.
Tips & Techniques
When learning how to thread a sewing machine, it’s important to keep some tips and techniques in mind. For example, to help the thread move through more easily, lightly spray thread lubricant onto the bobbin spindle. This will make the process smoother and easier, as well as preventing knots and tangles. Additionally, be sure to always use the correct weight and thickness of thread for the job at hand. Different fabrics require different sizes of thread and using the wrong size may cause the needle to break and the stitches to become loose.
Maintenance & Troubleshooting
The threading process can be tricky, even for experienced sewers. Luckily, there are some easy maintenance tips and troubleshooting techniques to help. Make sure to regularly clean and lubricate the metal parts of the machine, like the bobbin case and tension discs. If the thread begins to bunch up or knot, gently pull the thread to loosen it up, and then re-thread it correctly.
Once basic threading techniques are mastered, you can explore more advanced methods, such as double needle sewing. This technique requires two separate spools of thread and two needles, each of which can be threaded differently. You may also want to experiment with decorative threads and specialty threads such as metallic or shiny threads.
For those who need a bit of extra help, there are several threading aids available, such as threading templates and threading diagrams. Both of these provide a visual guide to the threading process and can make it much easier. There are also threading tools designed specifically for sewers, such as threaders, tweezers, and needles designed for easier threading.
Storing And Organizing Thread
Finally, it’s important to keep the threads organized. Invest in storage containers to keep spools and other supplies neat and tidy. Use labels to easily distinguish between different types of thread and consider investing in a thread rack to make finding the right thread even easier.