How to thread a sewing machine

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If you’ve sewn by hand and know exactly how to fix all those little rips and lost buttons, it might be time to get on with sewing on a machine. A much faster and more advanced sewing method, a machine allows users to take sizes, hems and even create new items with greater efficiency and durability. And, since we all try to make our clothes loved and last, who wouldn’t?


But where to start ? Well, bar owner of a beginner machine, you’re going to need to know how to thread a sewing machine.

To learn exactly how to thread a machine like a pro, we spoke to Sewn Right co-founder Charlotte Sweet-Williams to learn the tips and tricks she’s learned over the years as a seamstress.

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How to thread a sewing machine

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  1. Read your sewing machine manual, which should give full instructions on how to thread your specific sewing machine.
  2. Place your thread on the spool so that your thread turns counterclockwise and control the amount of thread you pull with your right hand.
  3. Pull your thread through the thread guide and down the right thread line which has tension discs on the inside and top of the left thread line.
  4. Pass your thread through the take-up lever (if you can’t see the lever, turn your handwheel toward you until it appears) then back down to the left thread line.
  5. Pass your thread through the hook on the left side of your needle, thread your needle back and forth and place your thread under your presser foot.

    Top tips for threading your sewing machine

    • “If you don’t know how to thread your sewing machine, remember: the thread should follow a reverse ‘N’ pattern. “
    • “Make sure the needle is at its highest point. You can do this by turning the small wheel on the right side of your machine towards you. ‘
    • “Use a nice sharp pair of scissors to cut the end of your thread, it’s easier to go through the needle this way. “
    • ‘Make sure your machine is turned off while you are threading. It is easy for your foot to slide on the pedal causing the machine to start spinning.

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