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How To Thread A Sewing Machine

There are a few different types of sewing machines out there and each one has its own threading process. So, it is essential that you know how to thread your machine correctly. This process is easy if you know where the threads come from and what they do. I will teach you in simple terms so that even a beginner can get started quickly.

Things You’ll Need

All you need is the thread and the sewing machine. Many sewing machines have the same components, such as hand wheel and stitch selector. On the far left side of the machine, you’ll find the hand wheel, and the tension disc is typically on the top left near the take-up lever and tension wheel. The spool pin, spool cap and bobbin winder are located on the right side of the machine.

Importance of Proper Threading 

Threading a sewing machine is a simple process that will help you make a quality stitch. It works by combining the thread from the needle with a second thread coming from the bobbin. Threading your sewing machine correctly is an essential part of maintaining your machine and stitching with a machine that is not properly threaded can snap the needle and make it unusable.

Step 1: Top Spool

To properly thread a sewing machine, position the presser foot in the upward position. Place the end of the thread on the spool pin. With one end of the thread, travel from left to right, looking for a minimum of two spool guides.The first guide should be at the very top and the second should be halfway down. If two guides are not present, try moving to a model with more spool guides.

Step 2: Thread Guide

Always follow the instructions provided with your sewing machine. For additional help, reference your manual or ask a sales representative for more information. While most sewing machines have threading diagrams printed directly on the machine, some older models do not. Threading a sewing machine is a simple process that takes only a few seconds. However, like any other task, you’ll want to do it correctly by following the correct order of steps.

Thread guides take a tricky set up out of the equation, so professionals still get clean, even stitches. If you’ve been having trouble sewing straight, even stitches, chances are it’s your stitch tension that is causing the problem. Fortunately, re-threading your machine and adjusting your stitch tension are fairly straightforward tasks.

Step 3: Around the Tension Knob

The top thread tension is controlled by a dial on the machine’s thread path. So make sure the thread sits correctly between the tension discs when threading your machine. If it doesn’t, then the machine won’t be able to sew properly. When your presser foot is up, the tension discs are open and there is no tension on the top thread.

Start by wrapping the end of your thread around a tension disc, then pull it down and push it through the loop you created.

Step 4: Second Thread Guide

Then, pull the thread all the way back up into the second thread guide. This will have a lever with an oval shape, generally called the take-up lever.

Step 5: Above Needle Hook

Follow the thread down to the needle. When you are fixing a button, thread the needle from underneath the shirt.

Step 6: Thread the Needle

Thread the needle from the front to the back.

Step 7: Insert Bobbin

To load a wound bobbin, you will need to know what type of bobbin is in your machine. A wound bobbin might have what looks like multiple layers wrapped around it. This enables thread to be wound around the bobbin correctly for sewing.

The flywheel must be turned in the opposite direction you pull the thread through to engage the top and bottom threads. The thread is pulled out through a small spool on the machine top, where a needle moves.

Step 8: Join the Bobbin and the Top Thread

Before you start sewing, take a bobbin thread that has been caught in the feed dog and bring it to the top using tweezers or a pin.

Step 9: Pull the Threads to the Back

Inch the two threads to the back with smooth, even strokes. They should run freely as you pull them. There shouldn’t be any resistance to your fingers as you weave the opposite thread behind it.

Step 10: Test on Scrap

Choose the right needle for your fabric, watch your stitch length and adjust to a narrower hook if it’s heavy. It’s crucial to lock down the presser foot when stitching or you’ll run the risk of skipping stitches. Holding the threads free at the back, use short repetitive stitches to get started, adjusting as you go.


  • If you have to wear glasses while you thread the needle, be sure to have an extra pair of slightly stronger glasses just for threading the needle. It will help you magnify the eye of the needle.
  • Use really sharp scissors to trim the thread.
  • Sewing machines give off a strong light. For those who need extra lighting, stores sell lamps that can be attached to the automatic sewing machine. Extra light on the subject is also an option. The machine has a light but a study lamp could just shed a bit lighter on the subject.
  • There are a number of gadgets you can buy to help with needle threading, such as one that peeps through the gap between the needle and thread to make threading easier, or a plastic tube that feeds the end of the thread through a hole at the same time.
  • Using a damp fingertip or an end of the thread that has been wet with the tip of your tongue, lead the thread through the eye of the needle.


  1. Long hair can be a nightmare if you aren’t careful and allow it to get caught up in the workings of your sewing machine. Unfortunately, when you are working, leaning over your machines to get a closer look, your hair can be a danger if you aren’t careful. Luckily, though, you can easily avoid any mishaps by just pulling your hair back with a hair tie while you work.
  2. When working on your sewing machine, it’s very important to focus on what you are doing. It’s easy to cause an accident if you aren’t paying attention. To avoid accidents, it is best to only use the machine when you can focus on what you are doing.
  3. When setting up your sewing machine, make sure all pins and needles are undamaged. Broken needles can damage your machine or fabric and can also become dangerous projectiles.

Summing Up

You may think that sewing machines are difficult to learn to thread, but you will surprise yourself when you master this skill. After learning how to thread a sewing machine, you will be able to make beautiful stitch and create stylish apparel for your family members.

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