How to Thread Your Sewing Machine

So, you just had your newly bought sewing machine. You know the basics of sewing and you have the manual guideline booklet with you. But before you start kicking on your first project; why not check on one of the most important things to learn to prevent common problems on your sewing machine.

You’ll be surprised that improper threading is a common sewing machine problems. In this article, we’ll show you what problems are related to incorrect threading of your sewing machine and how to avoid them.

Common problems of improper threading

  • Tangling caused by improper threading
  • Thread fusing when the machine stops due to poorly finished or incorrect thread. It’s recommended to use a better quality thread.
  • Failure in thread loop failure due to of thread control mechanism incorrect setting
  • Skipped-stitches due to thread loop starvation.
  • Imbalanced or variable stitching due to incorrect threading. The solution is to rethread the machine.
  • Seam pucker due to incorrect thread balance. Make sure there is a proper balance between the top and the bottom thread.

Basic Parts of Sewing Machine:

  • Cotton threads – It’s a soft, flexible, durable thread that varies in color. It’s great to use for clothes commonly need pressing. Particularly used for lingerie
  • Nylon/rayon threads (including the invisible thread)- It’s lightweight, flexible, strong and durable. Commonly used for sewing handbags, leather goods, shoes, upholstery.
  • Silk threads (and silk ribbons) – It’s made of natural silk thus expensive… It has a very fine texture. Commonly used for delicate fabrics also for basting threads.
  • Wool threads – This thread is used for embroidery projects and needs a larger needle. Please choose the correct needle. Also used for sewing heavier fabrics like canvas, linen, denim, and wool.
  • Metallic threads – It’s usually made of polyester with a metallic sheen of silver, gold, and copper.  It’s often used in sewing projects like handbags and other fashionable items.
  • Bobbin threads (for machine sewing) – It’s greatly used for embroidering lightweight fabric.

Let’s now start threading a sewing machine:

Make sure to unplug your electric sewing machine before starting.

  1. Start off with checking the presser foot. Make sure it’s in an upward position as in the photo below.
  2. Place your spool of thread in the spool holder.
  3. Properly insert the thread in the take-up lever of the sewing machine.
  4. Let’s go to the thread guide. Make sure to run the thread all through-out the thread guide and wind it around the metal disk. Pull the thread up and run it through the second thread guide.
  5. Once the thread had passed through the second guide, have your thread follow and go through the hooks that will secure the thread.
  6. Since sewing machines vary, it also depends on the instructions on how you load the wound bobbin. For the needle to hook up properly to the bottom and to the top thread, always remember to turn the big wheel (flywheel) towards the user. Trail the thread upwards to the machine plate. The machine sewing plate helps the needle moves in the correct direction.
  7. Once the bobbin thread has formed a coil, drag the bobbin thread upwards. Carefully, return the thread to its original place. You have probably missed a thread guide if any thread flap around.
    • Tip: Fill your bobbin with the same thread as the main thread.
  8. Check the stitches first by sewing a scrap fabric. Have the threads secured to prevent it from tangling at the bottom? The sewing machine foot should be in a lower position to secure the fabric and link with the feeder. Having a perfectly threaded sewing machine is an easy thing to do just make sure to follow the standard procedures.

Since you’re reading this post, I’m sure you’ve already had knowledge with sewing machines already. What do you think about upping your sewing skills to another level? Here’s a list of best sewing machines for advanced users that you should look at.

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