As I was perusing through You Tube this evening, waiting for The Mister to finish work so that we could watch a movie, I came across this video tutorial by Singer Sewing on how to thread your sewing machine.
Here’s the deal: I’d say about half of sewing frustrations my new-to-sewing students (and me, a time or two) have encountered with sewing were because of threading the machine incorrectly. In fact, one time I even took my portable machine in to the repair shop because I couldn’t get the tension right! Of course I was mortified when he pointed out that the thread wasn’t tucked inside the tension discs correctly.
The video doesn’t say so, but you have to make sure that your thread is giving your tension discs a “wedgie”–especially if you have an older machine (back in my day, we called them Melvins…I don’t know why).
They also show how to get the bobbin winding started by pulling the thread from the inside of the bobbin through a hole to the outside. This may seem intuitive but many people make the mistake of sticking the “starter thread” through the hole from the outside going in because it is easier to do. Once the bobbin is wound, you can just trim off the starter thread if it hasn’t broken off on its own.
I really like this video tutorial and how it shows what the stitching is supposed to look like when the tension is adjusted correctly. Of course, you’ll need to use your own machine’s manual to determine the correct threading path but this tutorial gives a great overview of the process.