If you ask me, threading a sewing machine is the final and the most important process that you have to complete before starting to sew. By guiding the threads around corners and through different holes, we prepare our sewing machine for creating something new and gorgeous!
I have a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 sewing machine and will be using it to show you how to thread the upper and lower parts of it.
Most sewing machines have a diagram on the front that shows how to thread it. Also look through your sewing machine instruction manual, as it can tell you how to prepare the machine for sewing.
Step 1. Turn off the sewing machine to avoid injuries and breakage. Also for your convenience, you can remove the presser foot.
Step 2. Raise the needle up by turning the hand wheel. If the sewing machine has a top cover, lift it up as well.
Step 3. Take the thread cap off.
Step 4. Raise the spool stand and put a thread spool on it (if we pull the thread, the spool should unwind from the bottom to the front).
Step 5. Secure the thread spool with the cap and place the spool stand with the thread spool horizontally.
Step 6. Pull the thread to the left and through the thread guide.
Step 7. Pass the thread as in the scheme.
Step 8. Guide the thread under the plate.
Step 9. Pass the thread along the slit.
Step 10. Hook the thread to the needle thread guide.
Step 11. Pass the thread through the needle eye from front to back.
If you have a needle threader, you can use it.
Now let’s thread the lower part of the sewing machine.
Step 1. Place the bobbin into the sewing machine (read How to Wind the Bobbin). Pass the thread under the presser foot toward the back.
Step 2. Turn the hand wheel to lower the needle.
Step 3. Raise the needle up (the upper thread should grasp the lower one).
Step 4. Find the loop of the bobbin thread and pull it up.
Step 5. Place both threads under the presser foot toward the back. They should move freely when you pull them. Place the needle plate and attach the presser foot.
Do a trial stitch. If the sewing machine is threaded correctly, there will be no stitch skipping, the stitches will be even and beautiful. If a thread gets torn, it means that you need to thread the sewing machine again.
We have followed all these steps and prepared our sewing machine for operation.
Now you are ready to sew!