Threading Sewing Machine

Even though threading a sewing machine is a simple process, it can be intimidating for a novice sewer. There isn’t much more that you need as long as you have a sewing machine to thread, though many people find that a little pair of snips or scissors come in handy for tidying your sewing thread end before threading the needle. To that end, one could also discover that a needle threader is useful. The fundamental raw material for giving a garment the desired shape and holding the body components together by forming seams is sewing thread. It is a crucial component for fashion houses, commercial clothing producers, and tailoring businesses. It has both practical and appealing qualities. When threading a sewing machine, a thread is inserted into the bobbin, lever, and needle.

How to Thread a Sewing Machine?

A lower thread and an upper thread are loaded into your sewing machine during the process of threading. These two threads will be interwoven by the machine to produce stitches in your cloth. When it comes to threading, each sewing machine differs differently, but most machines use the same general procedures. When threading your sewing machine for the first time, consult your instruction booklet.

Wind a Bobbin

The lower spool of thread on your machine is called the bobbin. You need to wind your own bobbins from an existing spool of thread if you don’t already have any (either from a prior project or pre-wound bobbins purchased from a store). Put a spool of sewing thread on your machine’s thread pin to accomplish this (at the top of your machine). Wind the thread counterclockwise around the pre-tension disc by pulling it to the left of your machine (attached to the thread guide).

After that, wind the thread numerous times around the bobbin’s central pillar by passing it through the two tiny holes in your empty bobbin. Put the bobbin on the bobbin winder pin of your machine (usually on the top right side, near the thread pin). Simply depress the foot pedal on your machine to start the bobbin winding process. Once it’s completely wound, clip the thread to release it from your larger spool.

Set up the Wound Bobbin

Once wound, a bobbin will be placed in the bobbin case, a tiny space beneath your needle where it will supply the lower thread when your sewing machine sews. Remove the bobbin cover and raise the needle and presser foot to the highest setting on your machine (your machine will either have a manual wheel or a button for this).

Put your bobbin in the circular slot; your machine will have an arrow indicating the direction the bobbin should be put for proper unspooling. Replace the bobbin cover after passing the bobbin thread’s end through the tension spring of your machine.

Position the Spool

Put a spool of thread on your machine’s thread pin before setting up the upper thread for it (also called a spool pin or spool holder).

Thread the Needle Through the Thread Guide

Pull the thread through the thread guide to the left of your machine.

Pull the thread through the U-shaped guide.

Pull the thread from the thread guide down into the machine’s front-facing deep groove, then bring it back up into the second-deep groove immediately to the left.

Wrap the Thread Around the Thread Take-Up Lever

A metal hook known as the “take-up lever” is located at the top of the machine’s second groove. The take-up lever should be wrapped in thread.

Thread the Needle

Thread the needle eye of the sewing machine by pulling your thread downward toward it. Do this from front to back. Continue to pull on the thread’s end until there are several inches of thread through the needle. (For more information, consult your sewing machine manual; some machines feature an automatic needle threader.)

Catch the Thread

To be prepared to stitch, you must link the two threads after setting up your top thread and bobbin. When you do this, the needle will catch the bobbin thread and pull it back out in a loop. To do this, use your needle position knob or button to lower the needle all the way down and then backs up again. Grab both thread strands and position them away from the sewing area by passing a flat object underneath the needle, such as a ruler.


In conclusion, it is imperative to follow your sewing manual, if you have one. Select the thread colour you want to use, then fill the bobbin with it (read how to wind a bobbin). Always pick dependable fabrics like Rasant, Gutterman, or Coates. Your chosen fabrics should work well with the thread you use. The only problem left after mastering the fundamentals of threading is likely to be threading the needle.

Generally speaking, it’s a straightforward activity, but the sewing machine needle cannot be held up to the light, closer to your point of vision, or further if you have started wearing reading glasses. Your machine has a socket that is filled with your little needle and eye. It is the final station in the threading process and the very first step in carefully threading your sewing machine. So gather yourself, brush off your sewing machine, and get ready to start stitching again.

Updated on: 14-Feb-2023


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