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How to Thread a Sewing Machine

Learn how to thread a sewing machine from designer Jennifer Wiese in this Howcast tutorial.


Hi. I'm Jennifer from Workroom Social, and right now I'm going to show you how to thread your sewing machine. So, you should always look at your sewing machine's user's manual for exact instructions on how to thread a machine. But there is kind of an intuitive way that you can think about it, so that you can kind of walk into any machine and know how to thread it.

So, the first thing you want to do is take your thread and put it into your spool pin at the back. Now, you want your thread to roll off the spool in a counter-clockwise fashion. The thread should be towards the back. Now, my machine has numbers listed though the processes to show you how to thread the machine. So, I'm just going to follow those.

First thing I want to do is put it though this top loop, and then I'm going to pull the thread down, and that's going to pull the thread through the tension disks.

So, you always want to make sure that your thread is through the tension disks, which will change the tension on your sewing. So, it's helpful if you kind of just hold this still, because as I'm pulling with my left hand and threading the machine, this is going to move, which is kind of annoying. You're going to end up with a huge tail. So, just hold this.

Now, I'm going to go down, around, and back up. And now I need to put my thread through this piece that pulls the thread up and down. So, you noticed it wasn't there. All you have to do in that case, is to use your hand wheel on the side, and you want to twist it towards you, and that's going to send your needle up and down, and it's going to pull the lever up. So, I want the lever in its highest position, and then I'm going to pull the thread through. So, the thread is secure there.

Then, I'm going to pull it down. And on the left of my needle, there's a little hook. So, I'm going to put my thread through the hook on the left. Sometimes they're a little more forward, sometimes they're on the left, sometimes they don't have it. It's not a huge deal. But, basically, you want to think about your thread going in a fluid motion to get to the needle.

Now, I've kind of got that long tail so I'm just going to clip my thread off, and the last step is to take the thread and put it through the eye of the needle. Now, some machines, like mine, have an automatic needle threader. If the needle is in the highest position, I can just pull this down, and a little, tiny hook goes though the eye of the needle. It pulls the thread right through the back.

If your machine doesn't have that, you can thread your needle with a magnifying glass, maybe. Just cut your thread off so it's a nice sharp edge, and you can just do by hand, putting the thread through the needle. Now, be sure to check your user manual. Most modern machines thread front to back. I have seen some vintage machines that thread back to front, and then industrial machines thread left to right.

So, just double check and make sure, but most machines are front to back. And then take your thread and put it underneath your presser foot, and you are done. You've threaded your sewing machine.

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