How to Thread a Needle on a Sewing Machine

1. Let’s first talk about certain general rules.

Don’t turn on your sewing machine – When you are learning to use your sewing engine, don’t turn on your sewing machine while threading a needle because you can start sewing accidentally and can get injured. Have some other light sources around the sewing engine so that the light build-ins in the machine is not necessary.

However, if you understand what to do to sew with a sewing machine, turn it on and hold it while you thread. In fact, you have to enable some high-end sewing machines for threading.

How to thread a needle

Lower the presser foot – Bring down the press foot (manually, of course) or remove it fully – so you can move about the needle with more room. The lowering of the pusher foot bar also moves the tension disks to keep the thread free to pull.

Raise the needle to the correct position – It is better when the needle is at the highest position. You can do it by hand wheel. Manually. Naturally, you can simply press the up / down button on the modern computerized sewing machine to raise your needle, but your machine needs to be enabled for this.

2. If your vision is good,

If your vision is good, you can thread a needle the same way our grandmothers did.

Make absolutely sure that you have sharp scissors to cut the thread end (so that the cut is clean and beautiful without any fibres coming off). It also helps to lock the thread. Keep the thread as close as possible to the end. It takes me a lot to thread the needle like this sometimes. It needs good vision and steady hands as well!

You can use a small white paper-then you can see a definite needle eye.

Or use a headlight to get extra light and prevent shadows.

Tweezers are a useful tool for collecting the thread end through the needle.

It can be helpful to disengage the needle and thread it while it’s not in the machine in certain cases. Indeed, taking out the needle and putting it threaded already is very easy.

3. The modern world is full of useful tools and the world of sewing is no exception.

There are also special needles for sewing machines, for instance, which can be purchased separately. Let me show you how one can be used.

Two little arrows are on it. Hold the thread with both arrows facing up horizontally. Bring thread from side to side across the “fork.”

Press the thread through the needle gently, leave your thread freely and pull the thread down until you hear (or feel) with one click. The thread is pushed down on the needle. Drill the thread–as it passes, the small metal tongue pushes the thread through the nose eye.

Many complain that the thread can easily be broken. Why this happens, I’m not sure.  You must be very careful, of course–it really has small parts. Or perhaps it’s the brand that matters–a reputed brand would be Dritz and I know that this company produces great sewing instruments.

I save myself a lot of frustration because the serger needles are uncomfortable with the strings. This affordable tool simplifies many lives.

4. Modern computerized sewing machines have built-in threaders.

The integrated threaders are provided in modern computerized sewing machines. See if there’s one on your machine. Something so small but very helpful! See how this threader can be used.

First of all, make absolutely sure your needle is the highest position because the thread must match the needle’s eye. The handwheel can be used manually or the needle up / down button can be pushed (sometimes twice) if it is available to your press.

Hold the needle’s thread to the left. Draw the thread around the thread guide (or prong) with a certain voltage and take it to the right of the needle from left to right. Press down the threaded knob to the extent it goes.

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