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Transform your relationship with your sewing machine by getting comfortable changing your thread, winding the bobbin, and ...
drawing up your bobbin thread. This video walks you through each step so you can overcome your fears and have fun sewing.
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Welcome to another Make Great Stuff how to video. Today’s video is called the no fear guide to threading your sewing machine. Changing your thread is easy once you get the hang of it and while each machine might look slightly different, the principles are the same.
To help you over this hurdle with your machine, I’m going to show you how its done on my Jenome. Let’s start by winding the bobbin. I turn on my machine and then I slide my thread on to the spool holder so that the thread is coming out from underneath the spool like this.
I’ll then wrap the thread around the two thread guides on the left and bring it over to the bobbin winder on the right. Before I can do that final step however, I need to thread the bobbin first by sliding the thread through one of the holes provide with the thread coming out of the top of the bobbin like so. I’m going to slip the bobbin on the winder and push it over to the right. I’ll hear a click in the place.
This is how my machine knows it’s going to wind to the bobbin and not just start sewing. Then while gently holding the thread coming out of the top of the bobbin, I press down on the foot pedal and wind just a few turns before stopping to trim the thread tail. I then continue winding until I’m satisfied with the amount of thread or the machine automatically turns off because the bobbin is full.
To take the bobbin off the winder, remember that you first have to return the winder to its original position. For me, that means I push it back over to the left and then it’s safe to remove the bobbin. Let’s review. The thread comes off the spool from underneath, goes around the two thread guides on the left into the bobbin, and then over to the bobbin winder on the right. You can see the bobbin turning as I press the foot pedal.
Threading the machine itself. The first thing I do is raise my presser lifter and make sure my needle is in its highest position. I’m going to open the door here to expose the threading process more clearly but it’s not necessary what you’re comfortable. The next thing I do is wrap my thread around the front thread guide. Bring it down this channel back up to what’s called the take up lever and then down again to the thread guide above the needle.
So that’s a round of the front thread guide, down to the different channel, and up to the take up liver and then back down again to the lower thread guide, and I slide it on there and I’m ready to thread the needle. Easy right? Let’s take a closer look. I wrap the thread around of the front thread guide, take it down on the front channel around and then back up to the take up liver, see how I have to slightly tag the thread into the eye of the liver to secure it. Here’s another view of the same thing. Around and it pops in.
I continue to draw the thread back down to the lower thread guide and just leave it over like so and then I’m ready to thread the needle. My machine comes with an awesome needle threader like this but you can also do with the old fashioned way. I pull the thread through the eye and kind of into and underneath the presser foot like this. Here’s another angle of the presser foot with the thread going through it and underneath it .Inserting the bobbin and setting up the thread. To remove or insert a bobbin I first need to take off the cover. Mine is top loading and I lift the cover by sliding the release button on the right. It pops up and I just removed and lift the bobbin out like this.
To insert my freshly round bobbin, I just drop it into the bobbin case with the thread running counter likewise. I guide the thread into the first notch and gently pull the thread around to slip into the second notch like this. I close the cover and I’m ready to draw the bobbin thread up through the throw plate and underneath the needle. To draw up the bobbin thread, I now hold the top thread loosely in my left hand and drop my needle down. As I raise my needle up again I give my top thread a gentle tag at the same time in order to lift the bobbin thread up and through the throw plate.
It’s difficult to see that it’s poking up but if you slide the pin across like this, it will find the thread and pull it all the way out. I now have two strands of thread coming out from underneath my presser foot and I’m ready to sew. So that‘s it. Thanks for watching another make great stuff how to video. Come visit us at Makegreatstuff.com to learn more tips and techniques to take your creativity to the next level.