How to Thread a Sewing Machine: Tips & Tricks

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No, I’m just getting started as a sewer. Does it take you a while to sewing thread the needles on your sewing machine? It’s understandable that learning how to thread a sewing machine might be difficult for those who are new to the hobby. Once you get the hang of it, threading a sewing machine will become second nature to you and grow simpler with each subsequent attempt.

First and foremost, make sure your sewing machine is threaded correctly. Nevertheless, how can you tell whether you are doing it correctly? Threading a sewing machine correctly is the subject of this article. So, when you’ve cleaned up your computer and set yourself up, follow these simple steps.

Winding a Bobbin

how to load a bobbin

In order to get the most out of your sewing machine, winding bobbins is an essential step. It’s the spool of thread at the base of your machine. Your current spool of thread will need to be wound into bobbins if you don’t have any.

Using the sewing machine’s spool pin, attach your thread spool to the machine. To release the thread, counterclockwise spin the spool.

Look for a schematic on the top of your sewing machine before you insert your thread spool. Thread spool placement is sometimes indicated by a little graphic at the top of the machine.

Then wound the thread around the bobbin winding tension disc of the sewing machine. Above the needle, on the opposite side of the machine, is where you’ll find this part. The thread may alternatively be held in place by a small wire attached to the disc.

Using the bobbin’s hole, slip a piece of thread through the bobbin’s hole. Wrap the thread around the bobbin several times to secure it. To save time, craft stores provide pre-threaded bobbins that are ready to use.

The bobbin should begin winding as soon as you push the foot pedal on your sewing machine. Cut the thread to detach it from the larger spool when you’ve finished winding it.

A Wound Bobbin Is Needed To Fill With Thread

how to put thread on a bobbin

After winding a bobbin, it is put in the bobbin case, which is a little compartment beneath your needle for the purpose of providing the lower thread when sewing is being performed.

Load your bobbin by removing the bobbin cover and pressing the foot to the highest position (your machine will have a handle or a button for this).

When you’re done winding the bobbin, insert it into the circular slot on your machine, which should have an arrow pointing in the right direction.

Replacing the bobbin case requires passing the bobbin thread through the tension spring of your machine.

Place the Spool Pin

Place the Spool Pin

Your sewing machine’s spool pin should be located on the right side. In terms of size, this pin is the heaviest.

Using the spool pin, start setting up the top thread on your sewing machine by pulling the thread away from it slightly.

You may find it easier to keep a stable spool if you arrange the spool such that the thread is coming out of the bottom of it.

Using the schematic that came with your machine, you may locate the spool pin and determine which direction the thread should be moving.

Use the Thread Guide to Thread the Machine

Thread Guide to Thread the Machine

Remove the thread end from the spool on the machine’s top by yanking it downwards. The thread guide on top of the sewing machine may be used to guide the thread over the top and into the sewing machine. Protruding from the top will look like a silver piece.

You must wrap the thread around the back of the guide, toward the front where the “U” shaped area for the thread to pass through is located.

A printed instruction manual for this specific machine is very certainly going to be found on the machine’s top.

Pull or Drag the Thread Down

Using the machine’s directions, pull the thread from its guide into a deep groove on its front, then back up into the second deep groove on its left, as instructed.

Thread the Take-up Lever with the Thread

Located at the top of the machine’s second groove, the pick up lever is a metal hook. The take-up lever should be wrapped in the thread.

Located at the end of the second thread guide, the take-up lever is a little metal bar. The thread will be threaded through a hole on the top of this metal component.. A wide, thin, sideways “S” will be formed in the thread at the end of this action.

The Needle is Threaded

Pull the thread toward the needle on your sewing machine as you feed it into the machine’s bobbin. Take a piece of thread and drag it toward the needle as if you were threading a needle from the front. Continue to pull on the end of the thread until the needle is full with thread.

However, some sewing machines include an automatic needle threader that may be found in the instruction manual.

Your machine is now threaded on top; all that’s left is to thread the bottom before you begin sewing.

Catch the Thread

Before you can begin stitching, you’ll need to connect your top and bobbin threads. Using your needle placement button or knob, lower the needle and then raise it again, grabbing the bobbin thread and drawing it back out in a loop.

Whether the thread doesn’t catch, check the compartment to see if it’s moving in the right direction and is free to be pulled. To determine whether it’s too full, you’ll have to unwind some of the thread.

Quick Tips: When Threading Your Sewing Machine

threading your sewing machine

You may run into issues with your sewing machine after following our step-by-step guide to threading your machine. Here are some tips to help you prevent reaching to that point:

  • Before operating a sewing machine, always clean and oil the machine’s mechanism.
  • Starting with the sewing machine’s most sensitive parts is a bad idea. It’s always a good idea to test the threading of your machine before you begin sewing. Begin with sewing simple straight seams on scraps or samples to get a feel for the process.
  • High-quality threads should always be your first choice. This method will help you prevent clogging the machine with lint.
  • Stitching irregularities are a sign that the tension needs to be changed.
  • Needles must be replaced on a regular basis.
  • Never subject yourself to difficult or time-consuming chores. If you’re just getting started, keep things simple. Focus on learning and mastering the machine’s settings and functioning by starting small and working your way up.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Where can I find location of the thread guide on a sewing machine?

The upper thread guide is located on top of the machine beside the thread spool. Its job is to direct the thread as it travels from the spool all the way down to the needle. The majority of thread guides have symbols that are written on the machine and indicate where the thread should be placed.


In order to ensure that your stitching is safe and attractive, you must know how to thread the machine correctly. Your sewing machine is now threaded, and you may put your newfound knowledge to good use.

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