Threading a sewing machine the wrong way can get you into trouble.
You're very excited about sewing lots of clothes and pretty things, so you go find a machine and decide to get started.
But, the problem is that you don't exactly know where to start. You figure that the first step must be to get some thread in the machine.
Even though all machines are different, their threading process is pretty similar. I'll describe the steps to do it and I'll tell you what each part of your machine is used for.
I will include my sewing machine's threading diagrams to make it easier. I suggest you check your user's manual for more information about your specific model.
The first step for threading a sewing machine is to wind the bobbin. The bobbin is the little cylinder that you will put thread on. It can be either plastic or metal.
The first step is done! Now you have to insert the bobbin in the bottom of your machine.
If you look carefully, you'll see that the bobbin case has a latch. Pull it toward you and it will come out.
Unwind about 4” from the bobbin and insert it in the bobbin case. Pull the thread into the slot until it's below the tension spring.
The machine uses two threads to sew a stitch, one on the top and one on the bottom. We already have the bottom one, now we need to thread the one that will be going through the needle.
Place a spool of thread in the spool pin.
Pass the thread through both thread guides at the top of the machine.
Take the thread up to the thread take up and insert it in the eyelet.
Bring the thread down and pass it behind the thread guide in the needle.
The next step is to bring up the lower thread so that you can start sewing.
Pull the top thread. You will see that it brings up the bottom thread in a large loop. Use a pair of scissors or a needle to completely pull it out.
You're done with the steps for threading a sewing machine, now you can begin to sew.
Your machine should have two knobs, one for the stitch length and one for the tension. These two settings should be adjusted right after threading a sewing machine and whenever you change fabric or thread type.
Always test these settings with a scrap of fabric to make sure both of them are right.
This is set by a knob that has numbers on it. If you increase the numbers, your stitch will be longer, and if you decrease them it'll be shorter. The normal setting is usually 2.5. Use the largest numbers for basting.
Thread tension is very important for the quality of your stitches. If you find locks on the upper part of the fabric, the tension is too tight. If they appear on the bottom, the tension is too loose.
Threading is only the first step to using your machine. When you're starting out, sewing can be scary and you may be getting a lot of:
It happened to me. I was very frightened and didn't want to sew because I thought I'd break my machine. The threading was right, but I didn't know that there is much more than that.
A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across Sewing Machine 911 and found it to be the best option for all those that are eager to get started but are still scared.
This is a free course offered by Craftsy that helps you get intimate with your machine.
It covers everything you need to get started. From knowing what each part is for, the supplies you need, threading a sewing machine, winding the bobbin and even cleaning and maintenance.
It comes in 4 video lessons that you can watch over and over. It also includes a great downloadable chart that has solutions to the most common problems. You can review the lessons as many times as you like, take video notes and even ask questions to your classmates.
Give it a try. Even if you already have some experience, you'll pick up a couple of new tricks. This is the best course to learn about your machine and befriend it! I wish I knew about this when I started sewing.