How to Thread a Sewing Machine





Introduction: How to Thread a Sewing Machine

My first instructable inspired by a question in the forum. Actually credit is due to my lovely wife because before tonight I had no idea how to do this.

We are threading a Brother LS 1711 purchased at Wal-Mart for about $50. My wife says more expensive machines still break and most of the fancy stiches aren't necessary. What a great woman!

Step 1: Getting Started

(I'm assuming you know where to place the spool of thread because I somehow didn't get a picture of it.) Place the spool of thread on top of the machine and pull the thread over to the first metal hook. Slide the thread under then pull it forward for the next step.

Step 2: Next

Bring the thread forward and down the space directly in front of the top hook. Wrap the thread under the tension dial and go back up to the internal hook. This can be adjusted using the hand crank on the side of the machine. Thread the thread through this internal hook and continue to the next step

(sorry for all the technical jargon)

Step 3: And Now

Bring the thread down towards the needle. Run the thread through the spring looking trap and then to the needle itself. After it's through the needle run it through the foot. Lead the thread out the back and move on to the bobbin.

Step 4: The Bobbin

Insert the bobbin thread into the bobbin. Pull thread into notch on side of bobbin. Slide the thread under the metal flap until it snaps in line with the hole on the side of the bobbin.

Step 5: Insert Bobbin

Insert the bobbin into the machine. Use the hand crank on the side of the machine to insert the needle and make one revolution. Use a ruller or other slim device to pull the two threads out and you're ready to sew.



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    While more expensive sewing machines do tend to have a lot of unnessasary fluff, they do tend to be somewhat better in quality. Most new sub $100 machines break really easily, and can have troublesome or ineffective tension controlls. Also, their timing can be off right out of the box. If you're looking for a simple sewing machine, I HIGHLY reccomend going to thift stores. Personally, I gor 2 excellent sewing machines from my local thrift store for a total of $15. One is a older singer style straight stitch machine that can literally sew anything (leather, much?) and the other is a 50's off-label that does zig-zag. Both have NO plastic moving components, and are probably good for another hundred years.

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    I agree, years ago when I was in college my mom bought me a brother sewing maching from "walmart". I was unable to open under the presser foot or the take up lever compartment after getting thread stuck in it and it was as good a broken.. also who really wants to support walmart. watch the documentary "wal-mart, the high cost of low prices"

    You are absolutly right. We spent a long Saturday looking for just the type of machines you described. We must have been very unlucky because we looked through four or five different thrift stores and found only garbage sewing machines. I'm sure that the machine my wife has now will soon join the thrift store market. It doesn't matter too much because my wife also recently inherited a pretty nice machine.

    I want to thank you. I've got a new small starter sewing machine. I've had it for almost 2 years and i pulled it out and i needed to sew a few things. I'm proud of myself how easy it was from reading your site to thread the bobbin. It took me a few hours to get it but i know how to sew. Thank you

    What we need now is a follow-up on "how to remove a sewing-machine needle from your finger" (it does happen)


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    I'd have to say go to the emergency room. It happened to my mother-in-law and she had problems with that fingernail for the rest of her life.

    Yes, it's nasty through the nail. However, do you want to go to the emergency room carrying your sewing-machine? There must be a procedure (ER or otherwise) to extract your finger. After all, one is hardly likely to be in danger of death, you would largely waste the time of skilled medical professionals. I agree that ER may be the the default action, but can we not solve this problem ourselves? I'm thinking of: bite on something and manually wind the needle out. Then just deal with it, follow up with a bit of antiseptic? Regards L


    nice instructable and she is, in fact lovely!

    Hehe... You beat me to it :P I've got a few sewing/machine embroidery related things coming (what I've learned from teaching myself :P). I'm just waiting to get them all together to my liking :P My machine has a different thread setup.... It's somewhat similar, so I might go ahead and post it :P

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    Every instructable helps. I learned after posting this that it is not the only "how to thread" instructions on here.