Let’s talk about threading up a domestic sewing machine. I have a Brother sewing machine that is perfect for home sewing projects. If you have been following along with my Beginner Sewing Series you may have noticed I am very fond of this machine.
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Although you may not have the same sewing machine as me most domestic sewing machines are similar to thread up. If you have an instruction manual I recommend having a read through that after watching my tutorial to make sure you are following the correct method for your machine.
I like to start by winding up a bobbin first. Grab an empty machine bobbin and pop this onto the bobbin winder. My bobbin winder works by simply pushing the bobbin to the side then the machine is automatically going to wind the bobbin when I press down on the foot pedal.
If you are making a bigger sewing project and have spare bobbins I would recommend winding up a few bobbins so you don’t have to stop and unthread the sewing machine halfway through your project.
Most domestic sewing machines have arrows or guides on the machine to show you each threading step. You will begin at the top and work your way down towards the machine needle. Threading the needle is the last step to threading the top thread on your machine.
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There are two parts to threading up your machine – there is the top thread and the bobbin thread. When the machine sews the top thread is seen on the top side of your fabric and the bobbin is on the underside. This is important to remember if you are using a special colour to topstitch your projects.
A helpful tip to remember when threading up the machine bobbin is to insert it anti-clockwise.
My biggest tip to you is to care for your machine well. The better it is maintained the longer it will last and you will be able to produce beautiful garments for years to come.
Maintaining your machine is easy and a great habit to get into. I like to clean my machine every few months by opening it up and getting out as much dust as I can. To do this remove the bottom plates of your sewing and pull out any fluff or dust that has built up in the bottom of the machine. This helps stop the machine rusting, getting jammed or sewing fluff and oil onto your garments.
Threading up your sewing machine will soon become second nature to you. The more you practise the easier it will become and the quicker you will thread it up.