How to Set Up a Sewing Machine
I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re reading this article, you are trying to set up a sewing machine.
You’re likely a novice just trying to figure all of this stuff out, and that's 100% okay!
Hopefully, this little, instructional article will help you along the way.
Just to clarify, the purpose of this article, we are going to assume that “set up” means setting up the thread in your machine so you can start sewing…we are not going to walk through constructing a machine like some annoying IKEA set.
A really good sewing machine can make just about any sewing job easier and faster, but to be able to get these benefits, you first have to have a working machine…hence you’ll want to set up your machine to get it working for you.
As we all know, there are more than a few sewing machine brand options out there, and each one is a little different than the others. So, when you’re looking at setting up your sewing machine, the first, and most obvious thing to consider is what machine you have.
No matter what machine you end up using, an important first step is to read the manual. The manual can be a gold mine of information that can help you with step by step set up instructions.
Note: if you can’t find the manual or your machine didn’t come with one (this typically only happens with used machines), no worries. You can easily ask the handy-dandy internet for assistance. Your machine also likely has various areas marked with arrows and numbers as steps to guide you in your set up.
The reason the manual is so important goes back to my earlier statement that there are many different brands and they are all a little different. A manual will walk you through the step by step of how to set up the machine YOU have.
Let's just say you don't have, or you can't find the manual for your sewing machine, and you're not quite sure what to do now, don't fret, I'll walk you through it.
Before you begin, you’ll want to do some inventory checking.
You’ll want to make sure you have the following…
NOTE: These step by step instruction can be used when setting up a top-loading sewing machine only.
If you have a non-top-loading machine, you will want to consult the manual.
Step 1 – Filling the Bobbin
Locate the spool pin on your sewing machine. This is usually a thread spool's length and comfortably holds the thread. Once you've found the spool pin, slide the thread onto the spool and place the cap or spool holder on it.
Some machines don’t have a cap, some have a flap, while others don’t have anything, so work with what your machine has.
After you’ve secured the thread in place, you’ll want to pull a line of thread away from the spool. This thread will be used to feed your bobbin.
Follow these steps to guide your thread to the bobbin.
Step 2 – Threading Your Machine
Before you begin this step, I’d advise that you make sure your machine is turned off. This is simply for your safety!
Now that you’ve removed the full bobbin from the equation, you should have loose thread hanging from your spool again. This is what you will be using to thread your machine.
When you finish this step, you should only see the thread at the very top of the sewing machine, near the spool and at the bottom around the needle.
There should be enough thread pulled through the eye of the needle, so you have enough to work within the future.
Step 3 – Put the Bobbin in Place
The next is to put the full bobbin in place so you can finally start sewing.
If you don’t know, the point of a bobbin and the additional thread it provides is to make a more secure stitch. The machine makes this stitch by catching the bottom bobbin thread with the spool thread and pulling it back through the fabric.
Two threads = stronger stitch.
Follow these instructions to insert the bobbin.
Step 4 – Set the Bobbin Thread
The final step to setting up your sewing machine is to put the thread from the bobbin in place. Being that this is the last step, it's important that you get it right. Otherwise, your stitch won't be as reliable or may not work at all.