Do you know how to thread your sewing machine? Anyone sewing for a while can do it without a second thought, but many beginners can find the first few times quite intimidating. I remember my first time; I had absolutely no idea what to do at all!
If you are unable to watch our YouTube video above, then hopefully the guide below will be sufficient (the pictures are taken directly from the video).
Step 1: Place The Thread Spool Onto The Thread Holder
Place the thread spool onto the thread holder. As you can see on machine it is a horizontal thread holder, however it is common to have vertical holders as well. Most sewing machines will come with a couple different sized thread caps. The thread cap that you use should be as close to the size of the spool as possible.
Step 2: Behind The Thread Guide
Guide the thread behind the thread guide. This guide doesn’t actually provide any tension to the threads, but gets it in line to go through the tension guides.
Step 3: Through The Tension Guides
Most newer sewing machines have the steps printed onto the machine, as you can see on mine. If not, in most cases you should generally following the slits from the right to the left of the machine.
If your needle is down, you won’t be able to access the thread take up lever. It’s the bit that looks like a huge hook. Simply turn your hand wheel towards yourself – towards and now away to avoid damaging your machine – until you can easily access the take up lever. Alternatively push the up-down button on your machine (if you have one) to raise and lower the needle.
You need to pull your thread through this “hook” until it is right at the very front. On my machine it actually has a little clip that holds it in place.
Step 4: Eye of the Needle
By now your thread should be pulled all the way down to your needle. Yay!
If your machine has a (semi)automatic threader then pull that lever down. This lever has a little tiny hook on it that feeds through the eye of the needle. Simply hold your thread under this hook so that it catches. When you raise the lever it pulls the thread through the eye.
If your machine doesn’t have a threader, then you will need to carefully thread the eye of the needle. You have some impressive skills if you can do this – I tried and regularly failed miserably.
Step 5: Pick Up Bobbin Thread
Hold your top thread. Lower your needle into the needle plate. It will pick up the bobbin thread and pull it up through the needle plate, directly under the presser foot.
Pull both threads to the side. Your machine is now ready to sew.