Getting Started with Putting Thread in a Sewing Machine
Putting thread in a sewing machine is a relatively simple process, yet mastering the technique involves a greater finesse that can help improve your sewing results significantly. Before getting started, some basic background knowledge about thread, winding the bobbin and threading the machine, is important. So pick up a few needles, thread and some hands-on practice to become a sewing expert.
Selecting the right thread for your sewing project is key for a successful outcome. Different fabrics require different types of threads, so determine the type and weight of fabric you will be using, and select the best thread for the job. Polyester thread is most commonly used for sewing heavier fabrics, and cotton-wrapped polyester thread is used for lighter fabrics. Always purchase quality thread, as it will fray less easily, be more resistant to discoloration, and provide greater strength.
Next, it is time to wind a bobbin. Most sewing machines employ a drop-in bobbin system, which means that a small lever is used to release the bobbin and thread will be wound directly inside the bobbin case. Place the spool of thread onto the spool pin, if the spool is too heavy, use an empty bobbin and attach it to the spool pin. Then place the bobbin onto the other pin, with the tension spring facing inwards. Press the foot pedal and the bobbin will start to spin, direction of the thread should go in a clockwise motion around the bobbin as you keep hold of the thread end. To stop winding, press on the tension lever then cut the thread with scissors.
Putting the Thread in the Sewing Machine
Threading the sewing machine is suddenly the next step. Start by raising up the presser foot, then locate the needle threader at the top of the machine(you will either have a static needle threader or one that moves down and back to allow for threading). Bring the thread onto the machine, wrap it at a quarter turn around the take up lever, then pull to its lowest point. Now thread the spool pin and the needle until you feel a slight tension when pulling the thread. Use the threader if needed and make sure the thread is above the needle.
Thread the bobbin by placing it with the thread facing towards you. Hook the thread onto the bobbin, pull it once around then insert it into the bobbin case. Close the latch and press on the foot pedal, the thread should be around the bobbin case and running downwards. Again, cut the thread
Checking the Settings on Your Sewing Machine
When you have threaded the sewing machine both on the spool pin and the bobbin, it is time to adjust the settings to create the ideal tightness of stitches. Start by threading both the spool pin and the bobbin, then press the thread tension wheel. Check the stitching on a piece of scrap fabric, if the stitches look too loose, turn the wheel clockwise and if they look too tight, turn it anti-clockwise. Also, check the needle postion by turning the wheel on the side of the needle, clockwise if the needle is too far to the left, and anti-clockwise if it is too far to the right. And rememember to always check the needle before sewing, it should be inserted with the flat side of the needle facing towards you.
Cleaning Tips for Your Sewing Machine
It is essential to keep your sewing machine clean for smooth sewing and to prolong its life. Start by removing the bobbin case and cleaning it with a soft brush or cloth. If you experience any jams or break in the threads, take everything apart and clean underneath the needle plate, turned wheel and within the hook system. Besides, keep the needle clean by rubbing it gently with an emery board if needed and always replace dull needles. Handling these tips often and regularly will ensure steady machine performance and optimal results when sewing.
Practicing with Your Sewing Machine
After mastering the process of putting thread in a sewing machine, it is time to experiment with different settings and try out fun projects, experiments and techniques. Learn more about different fabrics by taking on various projects such as basic hemming or applique, or even attempting a quilt or other handmade fabrics. Experiment with different thread tensions and tensions, such as gathering, gathering or stretching fabric in interesting shapes. You will soon realize that the more familiar you become with the techniques, the more possibilities are open for personalizing a machine-sewing project.
Finding Inspiration and Resources
Sewing books, magazines, online tutorials and sewing patterns offer plenty of creative and practical inspirations for your projects. If you are starting out, opt for beginner friendly projects, such as a skirt, tote bag or a beanbag. If you can, attend a workshop to learn even more about the different techniques associated with sewing or perhaps find a sewing club. You will also see sewing machines from different brands and compare them to find the one that best suits you. Additionally, local fabric shops offer many choices of materials to dress up any project.
Keeping Your Sewing Machine in Top Condition
Finally, it is important to keep your sewing machine up to date. This includes regularly oiling the machine, changing the needles and using the right kind of oil. Additionally, it is very important to properly care for your machine by cleaning it, covering it when not in use, and storing it in a dry space.
By following these tips and mastering the process of putting thread in a sewing machine, you’ll be ready to take on any creative sewing project. Once you approach the process with confidence and the right materials, it can become a rewarding part of your creative process. So practice threading frequently, experiment with different stitching techniques and you’ll soon be creating many memorable handmade items.