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.