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How To Thread Your Sewing Machine

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Every sewer has to know how to thread their machine, yet no one ever really says how to because it’s often overlooked! But don’t you worry, in this article I will guide you through threading your sewing machine step by step!

Please note that not all machines have the same exact way to thread the machine, although most are quite similar. I will be showing how I thread my brother se600.

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Your machine should have little diagrams on it on how to thread it and should have numbered thread guides that can help you understand how to thread your machine.  Thread guides are the tension disks that your thread needs to go through to sew properly. 

Either place the thread in a cup, on a thread stand or in the built-in thread holder. Raise the presser foot, raise the needle and press the presser foot/needle exchange key. 

Take the thread and pass it under the thread guide and under the thread guide cover to the front. 

Take the thread and thread it through the thread channel in the thread guide numbered order. Make sure that the thread is passed through the take-up lever. The Take-up lever is thread guide number four and is at the top of the thread channel. As you sew it goes down and up in time with the needle. 

Put the thread behind the needle bar thread guide and make sure that the thread is slid to the left of the needle bar thread guide tab. 

Lastly, thread the needle. 

How to use the auto threader:

First, make sure that the needle and thread you are using are compatible with your needle threader. The needle threader cannot be used with the twin needle or wing needle, specialty threads are not recommended to be used with the needle threader, and the sewing machine needles should be sized at or somewhere between 75/11-100/16.

If a needle threader can’t be used or you do not have an auto threader, feed the thread through the eye of the needle from front to back by hand. 

To use the automatic needle threader, take the end of the thread and pass it through the notch of the auto threader thread guide, pull the thread and place it into the slit of the threader, the slit of the threader should be marked as thread guide disk number seven. 

Cut the thread with the thread cutter that should be on the left side of the machine and lower the needle threader lever, after the thread has been fed through the eye of the needle and slowly raise the needle threader lever. Carefully pull the end of the thread that passed through the eye of the needle to the back of the machine. 

Keep in mind: Make sure that your needle is all the way up or the threader will not work. And don’t be afraid to push down on the needle threader lever! You have to give some force to push it all the way down!

Press the presser foot/needle exchange key and you are done threading the machine! As you start to learn your machine it will become easier and easier to thread it.


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