Threading The Machine

Isn’t getting anything started a real challenge at times? When I do something new I always struggle to get over the newness shock and just face ‘The New’. Before I moved away for college, I struggled to do any sewing because that meant I had to thread a machine. And I couldn’t remember how to do it!

It sounds so silly now that I have a degree in Clothing and Textiles, but its the honest to goodness truth. After tutoring others for the last couple of years on the dying art of sewing I’m seeing most people get intimidated by this first step.  Well no more, let’s all take a breath and just admit that somethings that are easy for others is NOT easy for everyone.

Don’t you feel better!? So now that being said, this IS fairly simple.  Little nuances change per machine but the basic idea is the same.

First you choose where to put your spool of thread.  Most machines give you the option to have it either vertical or horizontal.  It doesn’t really matter which one you choose, what does matter is how you put the spool on.

If you chose the horizontal position you want the thread coming off the back of the spool, it’ll kinda look like its coming from the top.  If you went the vertical route you want the thread coming off from the back of the spool looking like its coming from the left.

Then there will be a knob on the top of the machine near the thread, you want to pull the thread through, hold the thread behind it and pull forward bringing the loose end to your left then pull it straight down the front of the machine arm (if you have a Huskvarna you may have a series of metal loops on top to go through, its the same idea you want your thread to go to the left until you see the area with tension plates on the front of the machine).  Go around the bottom of another part sticking out and back up to the metal arm you’ll see in a crevice of the machine.

Before threading that arm pull the thread and see if you feel tension, you should have just threaded the tension plates.  If you feel some resistence that is good, just not too much otherwise you’ll have to trouble shoot the tension after you finish threading.

Now thread the arm, there should be a loop or much less often just a hole to go through.  Thread it right to left and then bring it down parallel to the thread going up to that arm.  Continue down to a metal piece on the front of the machine arm, a little above the needle area.  Slide the thread through there and then continue down below the arm of the machine to a series of loops above the needle.  These are most easily done by bringing your thread horizontal above them and then pulling down.

Lastly put it through the eye of the needle and pull a tail through.


Threading the bobbin

You want to put the bobbin in so the thread will be coming off the back.  It should look like a number 9 toward you.  Then pull the bobbin thread to the right through a groove and then up toward the needle.  Leave a long tail and hold.  Hand crank the needle down and back up while holding onto the thread of both the top thread and the bobbin thread. When you see a loop come up from the bobbin stop.

Take a long flat object like scissors and swipe it under the needle.  It should have pulled both threads out back and with the bobbin thread pulled correctly through its hole in the throat plate.  Place the covering over the bobbin area and you’re ready to go!  This may seem a little complicated, but believe me after you do this ten times it’ll come a whole lot naturally!  Yay for staring intimidation in the face!


Have you faced down something new lately?