A few weeks ago I wrote a column on how to choose your sewing machine. If you have made your choice, we will continue on with getting your machine ready to sew.
Threading machine is something that is pretty basic, yet a little different on every machine. It is VERY important to refer to your manual when first learning procedure. If threading isn't correct, nothing else will work either.
Here is a basic rundown of threading a sewing machine. Remember, each machine is different. This is just general idea.
1. Put your spool of thread on spindle on top of machine.
1a. A vertical spindle or post - position spool so that thread runs clockwise as you sew.
1b. A horizontal spindle - spool is held in place by an end cap. If your spool has a small cut in it, be sure to have cut to right.
NEWBIE TIP: If your spool is brand new and there are labels covering holes, uncover yhour holes completely to allow spool to turn easily.
2. Pull thread to left of spindle and thru your first thread guide.
3. Draw thread down thru your tension guide. (It is extremely important to have your presser foot UP when threading your machine.)
4. Draw thread thru next thread guide.
5. Insert thread thru take up lever.
6. Bring thread thru next thread guide.
7. Finally! - thread your needle. Most needles are threaded from front to back, some from left to right.
Practise threading your machine. It is no small chore if you are a beginner, but after a while you will be able to do this with your eyes closed.
WINDING YOUR BOBBIN - THE NEXT STEP
Follow instructions from your manual carefully when winding your bobbin.
If your bobbin case is built in, bobbin will be wound in place with machine fully threaded.
Removable bobbins are wound on top or side of machine. Your machine must be threaded before bobbin filling.
Your bobbin thread must be drawn thru tension spring. For wind in place bobbins, this is already taken care of. You MUST make sure this is done if you are using a bobbin that already has thread in it.
BALANCING THE TENSION:
Balancing your tension is a huge issue when you first start to learn about your sewing machine. There is nothing that will cause you more grief than your tension.
Your stitch is formed by interlocking bobbin and needle thread. Every time needle goes down, a hook catches needle thread and wraps bobbin thread around it. It is a tug of war that must be synchronized for a good stitch result.