We continue with the series of posts dedicated to the introduction to the sewing machine. In today’s post, we are going to learn how to thread a sewing machine or, in other words, to put a thread on it to sew. At first, it can cause some tension, so I recommend stretching the cervicals from time to time since the only tension allowed is that of the thread. Ready? Let us begin!

A machine uses two types of thread, the bobbin, which is placed at the top of the machine, and the bobbin, which comes out of the bottom. The bobbins are in an infinite number of colors, and the bobbins are small pieces that come empty, we must fill them before threading the machine and being able to start sewing.

 Step 1 Bobbin winding

The first thing we have to do is wind some thread on the empty bobbin. Generally, we will use the same color of thread both above and below. When we do stitching, each thread corresponds to one side of the seam, so if we put pink above and blue below, one side of the seam will have pink stitching and the other side will have blue stitching.

Bobbin and thread spool
Bobbin and thread spool

Next, we are going to detail the steps to fill the thread bobbin:

  • Put the spool of thread on the spool pin, with the thread coming out in the direction and direction indicated in the diagram.
  • Pass the thread through the upper guide of the thread guide (important that it is well-positioned between the upper plates).
  • Place the bobbin with the thread wound on the shaft as indicated.

Once we have the spool and bobbin in place:

  • Push the winder shaft to the right.
  • Pull out the flywheel clutch to prevent the needle from going up and down while we are winding the bobbin.
  • Step on the pedal (without going overboard!) And see how the tap is filling itself.

When the bobbin reaches its limit it brakes and stops, then the winder shaft is pushed to the left to be able to remove the bobbin, the thread is cut and the flywheel clutch is pushed back in. The bobbin is also pulled out of the upper guide of the thread guide, leaving the machine ready for threading.

Prepare bobbin with thread
Prepare bobbin with thread

Step 2 Threading the upper thread

  • Place the spool on the spool pin with the thread unwinding.
  • Pass the thread through the thread guide with both hands (the back, not the part used to fill the bobbin) and continue down.
Threading the upper thread of the sewing machine
Threading the upper thread of the sewing machine
  • Lower the thread through the tension zone and pass it around and then raise it.
  • Pull the thread firmly and pass it from right to left through the thread take-up.
Pass the thread through the thread take-up of the machine
Pass the thread through the thread take-up of the machine
  • Pull the thread down and pass it behind the lower thread guide, insert it into the needle thread guide and thread it from front to back through the needle eyelet.
Threading thread through the sewing machine needle
Threading thread through the sewing machine needle

Step 3 Removing the bobbin thread

And finally! The last thing left is to remove the thread from the bobbin and we will have the machine ready to sew. It is possibly the most complicated part of the matter, so patience and manual instructions at hand! The machine you see here has the bobbin holder located in the area of ​​the needle plate. As I sew, I see the bobbin turn and I can see if it has thread left.

As it is a feature not shared by many machines, I add an extra demo of my first machine, which has a hidden bobbin case. Do not forget that to remove the thread from the bobbin it is essential to have the machine threaded with the upper thread, the presser foot raised, and the needle in its highest position.

Let’s go with the steps:

  • Leave the bobbin case empty.
  • Insert the bobbin with thread in the direction indicated and pass it through the slot (each machine has its own specifications).
  • Hold the upper thread with your hand and turn the handwheel so that the needle goes down and up again (a loop will be made between threads).
  • The bobbin thread will come up interlaced with the upper thread.
  • With the help of scissors, finish removing it.
Removing the bobbin thread
Removing the bobbin thread
Removing the bobbin thread

Extra demo

This was my first sewing machine (which I still use by the way) and it has a hidden hook holder. To access the bobbin, remove the free arm, open the hook cover, and finally remove the bobbin holder by lifting its tab.

Free Arm Sewing Machine
Free Arm Sewing Machine

The steps to put the bobbin are as follows:

  • Insert the filled bobbin in the bobbin holder in the direction and direction indicated (once again, each machine has its rules).
  • Position the hook correctly and push it until you hear a click.
  • Hold the upper thread with your hand and turn the handwheel so that the needle goes down and up again (a loop will be made between threads).
  • The bobbin thread will come up interlaced with the upper thread.
  • With the help of scissors, finish removing it.
Removing the bobbin thread

We already have the threaded machine, so now you have to practice because in the next post we will start sewing!

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