How to Thread a Sewing Machine




Machine from a flea market or thrift shop with no instructions? Now you can finally use it

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Step 1: The Machine Setup

This is your basic sewing machine. No fancy stuff. It has a presser foot and a thin arm where the bobbin goes for hemming and detailed work. I set mine up on my ironing board so that I have my iron ready and I also like to stand when I sew. You will find what works best for you…play around with the setup a little.

Step 2: Step1

This is where the thread goes. If you have a cap or stopper put it on after you put the thread on. Also put the side of the thread with the little cut (for holding the end on the thread) to the back or bottom. This will prevent hang ups.

Step 3: Step 2

Allow the string to unwind and put it through this hoop. Mine can also snap in from the back but usually with older machines this is a hoop.

Step 4: Step 3

This can also be a loop but mine slides in through the back.

Step 5: Step 4

Bring the thread down and around this nob toward the back (notice that you can not see the thread…this is the right way). Then back up. Some older machines this is a silver nob thingy, this is the tension. You will feel which is the right notch to put the thread through.

Step 6: Step 5

From the tension bring the thread up and from right to left put it through the hole here. Mine can also slide in from the back.

Step 7: Step 6

Then bring it down from the take up lever into the coiled thread guide.

Step 8: Step 7

Then into the next thread guide.

Step 9: Step 8

Then thread the needle front to back or right to left depending on you machine. Pull enough thread through so that it doesn’t pull out when the needle moves 5-10 inches.

Step 10: Step 9

Now for inserting the bobbin.

Step 11: Step 10

Pull the string out tight and set the bobbin into the tray. Insert the thread into the metal notch and pull back.

Step 12: Step 11

Now to get the bobbin string to the top of the casing so you can sew. Holding the top thread in one hand and turning the wheel with the other, turn the wheel one revolution toward you and you will notice that the thread goes down into the casing and fishes out the bobbin thread. Pull the loop out straight and then close the casing. Ready to sew?!!

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    55 Discussions


    Question 11 days ago

    Hi all! So I was given an older model singer sewing machine. I keep trying to thread my machine. I looked it up and I appear to be doing it correctly. However when I get going it seems my thread keeps breaking and I am using gutterman thread and tension appears to be set appropriately so what could be causing this problem? Any thoughts?


    3 years ago

    plz any one tell me... during sewing thread ky guchy banrae hn... kia karn??


    3 years ago

    simple and helpful thax


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I recently acquired a Wards UHT J 1934 sewing machine with no manual. I've searched the Internet for a couple of weeks with no luck finding one, even to purchase. I can find one for model 1943, but not 1934. Mine looks like the 1943 except for the reverse and stitch is a knob where you push in the middle of the knob for reverse and the 1943 has a reverse lever with a finger wheel for the stitch.
    Any help would be appreciated as I'm at a loss on how to operate this machine. Thank you, for whatever help you can give.

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago

    Hi. I have the same machine as yours and now trying to figure out how to thread it. Any success? Can you share it with me please. Thanks


    8 years ago on Step 11

    i accidently removed the little black thing that holds the bobbin, does anyone know how i can get it back in how it was supposed to be????

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    You mean the bobbin case? There should be horn on the case, which fits snugly onto the groove in the bobbin case holder.


    5 years ago on Step 12

    I am so lost when it comes to the bobbin coming up through the ????, what? First off i had no idea there was always 2 threads involved in sewing, total newb here


    5 years ago

    Very helpful. Got the job done :) Thanks!


    6 years ago

    I think the bobbin part on my machine is broken or missing a piece :/ it's a REALLY old machine that my Gramma gave my mom. I borrowed it, and every time I try to sew, the bobbin gets all screwed up and the machine tried to eat the dress that I was trying to sew Q~Q


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi everyone:)

    My baby's name is Brother double stitch. I'm not sure of the model but it's an old school one. I just bought it recenctly and am still learning how to operate it as it is my first time sewing with a machine.
    Now with these old school babies, you get tension control unit on the exterior. I can see it's very lose but I just don't know how to tighten it.

    Can anyone please please help. Thank you in advance :)


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I bought a german AMYSA . second hand. it does not have a manual, and i just realised it does not have a bobbin holder. it has an electric motor, but it does not run smoothly. it keeps catching, the motor is running but the needle does not go up or down. have to use the hand crank thingie to restart it.
    any ideas, thanks.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi folks. I have a Riccar 650 and I don't remember how to thread it--the instructions are really cryptic and it doesn't follow the conventions of most other (obvious) machine threading patterns. Can anyone help with a photo-- or clarification of the confusing diagrams? I've searched the web and found nothing....

    thank you!

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    sorry-- I thought I'd uploaded the photo of the "instructions" and didn't know how to go back and do it-- so here it is...


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hello I have been given a Janome JF 1004 sewing machin as a gift and I am a beginner and havent a clue how to thread this could you please help? or have a download manual to help? Thank you x

    if anyone can help with a scan or email copy or pdf of a
    Penncrest 3000

    my wife's mom just passed and left her one in perfect condition and no manual for it.
    Please help me make her smile.

    golferguy1 (at) fastmail (dot) fm


    9 years ago on Introduction

    If you would like to know how to wind the bobbin and how to thread a sewing machine check out this video.  It has great zoom in shots so you can see exactly where to put the string.