How To Thread A Brother Sewing Machine

Threading the Needle

For anyone who’s ever threaded a Brother sewing machine, the process can seem like a chore. Fortunately though, Brother sewing machines have a few features that make this process easy and efficient. With just a few steps, you can have your machine up and ready to sew in no time.

The first step in threading your Brother sewing machine is to understand the bobbin. A bobbin is the cylindrical object that’s inserted into the machine prior to sewing. Depending on the model, it can be found in either the side or front of the machine. Before you insert it, check the bobbin for any loose threads or fabric. Insert the bobbin into the machine and make sure it’s secure.

The next step is to draw the thread up through the needle. The needle should already be in its holder on the machine. Take an appropriate color thread, pass it through the eye of the needle and pull it so that it is slightly taut. Then, use the manual release button to carefully draw the thread up through the slot in the needle.

Once the thread is pulled up through the needle, secure it on the tension arm. To do this, take the first several inches of the thread and loop it clockwise around the tension arm. Make sure it is securely fastened before moving on to the next step.

The following step is to thread the bobbin case. You should have already inserted the bobbin into the machine. If not, make sure to do this now. To thread the bobbin case, pull the thread from the bobbin and place it through the first slot of the bobbin case. Then, draw it up to the top of the case, and pass it through the tension disc. Finally, thread the thread through the second slot and draw it out from the side of the bobbin case.

Once the bobbin case is threaded correctly and the thread is pulled through the eye of the needle, the machine is ready to use. To keep the machine running smoothly, you should regularly check and replace the bobbin, as well as clean any dust, lint and thread that might have accumulated in the machine.

Care and Maintenance

Caring for your Brother sewing machine is just as important as threading it correctly. To prevent any damage or malfunctions, it’s important to properly clean and maintain the machine.

One of the most important things to check is the needle. The needle should be inspected regularly and replaced whenever needed. This will ensure that your machine runs smoothly and that your stitches look perfect.

In addition, it’s important to check the thread on a regular basis. You should check for any loose threads, fraying, breaks or knots in the thread. Replacing the thread is sometimes necessary to guarantee a perfect stitch.

Regularly oiling the machine is also important. This will help keep the parts running smoothly and allow them to work more effectively. Most Brother sewing machines come with a small oil container. With a few drops of oil and a soft cloth, you can help maintain the machine and keep it running like new.

Using the correct presser foot is also important to maintain the machine. All Brother sewing machines come with a variety of presser feet for different fabric types and stitch types. It’s important to use the correct presser foot for the fabric and stitch type.

Finally, you should always make sure to store your sewing machine properly. A bag or cover should be used when transporting or storing the machine. This will help protect it from any dust, dirt or dirt.


If you have any issues with threading your Brother sewing machine, there are a few things you should check.

The first thing to check is the needle. Make sure it is inserted properly and that it is not bent or broken. It is also important to make sure that the thread is not fraying or breaking. If this is the case, replace the thread as soon as possible.

Another thing to check is the bobbin. Make sure it is properly inserted into the machine and that there are no loose threads or fabric in it. It is also important to make sure the thread is pulled up through the needle correctly. If not, redo this step according to the instructions.

Finally, make sure the presser foot is correct for the fabric and stitch type. If the fabric is thicker, you might need to use the walking foot to help feed it through the machine.

Sewing Projects

Threading your Brother sewing machine opens you up to a world of possibilities. Once your machine is threaded correctly, you can experiment with a variety of fabrics and stitches. A great place to start is with the basic stitches. Though they may seem mundane, they will open you up to a variety of artistic possibilities.

Once you’ve mastered the basic stitches, you can start creating projects. Consider adding decorative stitches to sweaters, t-shirts and quilts. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can take on a more complex project such as curtains or a dress. With the right finishing techniques, you can give any piece a unique and professional look.

Another great option is to add trims and embellishments. By doing this, you can add a personal touch to bags, pillows and even furniture. Experiment with different threads, fabrics and trims to create something that is truly unique. This is a great way to express your creativity while having fun.

Finally, remember to practice and stay inspired. As you work on projects, take time to look at other people’s designs. You can find inspiration in the fabrics, stitches and even color combinations of others. With time and practice, you’ll be able to create your own one-of-a-kind pieces.


Threading a Brother sewing machine may seem like a tedious task, but with a few simple steps, you’ll be able to get your machine up and running in no time. To keep your machine running smoothly, remember to regularly check and clean the components. As you practice, explore the different fabrics, stitches and even trims and embellishments. With a bit of determination and creativity, you can create pieces that are truly unique and beautiful.

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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