How To Refill Thread In Sewing Machine

Introduction: Learning to sew requires a great deal of practice and patience, but having the right supplies and equipment on hand makes it much easier. Threading a sewing machine is an important step in any sewing project and knowing how to correctly refill and replace the thread is essential.

Using the right thread is essential for any great sewing project. Not only will it affect the look, but it must also be strong and durable enough to last the lifetime of the garment. Different thread types are used for different sewing tasks, such as hand sewing, quilting, embroidery, and using a sewing machine.

Refilling a sewing machine with thread may seem like a daunting task, but with a few simple steps, it can be done quickly and easily. All sewing machines are different, so make sure you know how to use yours properly. Here is a guide to help get you started on refilling your thread in your sewing machine.

Step 1: Prepare the Thread

Before beginning to refill the thread, you will need to prepare the thread for use. Thread is usually packaged in either a plastic or paper spool. You will need to attach the spool onto the pin on top of the sewing machine. If your sewing machine does not have a pin, you will need to purchase an additional spool pin. Place the pin through the hole at the top of the spool and then align it with the slot provided on the machine’s presser foot.

Step 2: Thread the Bobbin

The bobbin is the spool that is located underneath the needle plate. It has a hole in the center which the thread will feed through. When loading a bobbin, wind the thread onto the bobbin in one continuous, clockwise motion. There should be no loose strings when you are finished.

Step 3:Thread the Needle

Thread the needle by pulling the thread through the eye of the needle, creating a loop. Place the loop over the needle and pull the thread tight. Double-check that the end of the thread is securely fastened in the needle. If it is not, the thread could come loose during sewing.

Step 4: Pull Left Hand Thread Through Machines

Start by pulling the thread from the spool on the top of the machine, and wrap the thread around the tension disks before slipping it through the slits in the tension disk. Once the thread is through the disk, pull it back towards you so that the thread is over the saw tooth metal bars of the machine.

Step 5: Pull Right Hand Thread Through Machines

Now, pull the thread from the bobbin spool and bring it over to the edge of the needle plate. This thread will go through the hole behind the needle plate and will exit next to the spool onto which it was wound. Keep pulling this thread until it is all the way through the machine.

Step 6: Pull Threads Under Presser Foot

Next, you need to pull the threads through the presser foot. Pull the threads evenly and slowly. The presser foot should be in a raised position, otherwise the thread could get stuck. When the threads are pulled through the presser foot, they should meet in the middle.

Step 7: Secure the Threads

Once the threads are pulled through the presser foot, tie them together at the top of the presser foot and then tie a knot at the end. This will prevent the thread from becoming tangled or slipping out of the sewing machine.

Step 8: Start Sewing

Finally, you are ready to begin sewing. Put the presser foot in the down position and adjust the tension as needed. You now have a fully threaded sewing machine and you can continue sewing your project.

Tips and Troubleshooting

When learning to thread a sewing machine, or even when you are an experienced sewer, it is important to keep a few tips in mind. First, always use good quality thread. The thread should be strong enough to withstand the regular wear and tear of sewing. Second, invest in good quality needles. Low quality needles are prone to breaking and can damage the fabric and thread.

If you experience any problems when refilling the thread in your sewing machine, check to make sure that the thread is secured properly. Also, if the tension is too loose or too tight, the stitches may not be even. If you still have difficulties, consult the owner’s manual for further instructions.

Maintenance and Storage

To ensure a longer life span of your sewing machine, it is important to regularly check and clean any lint, debris, or residue from the needle plate. Additionally, the machine should be oiled regularly to ensure that it runs smoothly. Thread should be kept away from direct sunlight and stored in a cool, dry place with no moisture.


Knowing how to refill the thread on a sewing machine is an essential part of any sewing project. With a few simple steps and some patience, you can easily master the art of refilling thread in your sewing machine like a pro.

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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