If you are a sewing newbie or a professional tailor or seamstress, you would need to buy a sewing machine. It is on this machine that you would spend your time and display your skills in making clothes.
Brand new sewing machines often come with a sample of thread to get you started, though it is very little and only to show how the machine is threaded up for use. The thread is not actually useable. It is better to buy your own quality thread to use.
However, the machine alone cannot make the clothes, threads are needed too. As small as they are, it is common knowledge that it is impossible to make clothes without them.
Do Sewing Machines Come with Thread?
No, sewing machines do not come with thread. There are different colours of threads and the manufacturer has no idea what you would need for the cloth you will be making.
Threads are readily available at stores and are inexpensive as well. Before sewing, purchase all the needed colours of thread and make sure they all match the fabric in question.
It could be possible that a sewing machine comes with a thread but that happens with used sewing machines. If the seller of a used sewing machine has some thread that they have no use for anymore and would not mind giving them out, they could sell them alongside the sewing machine.
How To Thread A Sewing Machine
Since new sewing machines do not come with threads, they have to be threaded before they can be used. To thread a sewing machine, one has to;
- Check the operating manual because not all sewing machines are built the same way. Every new sewing machine comes with an operating manual that the owner can consult and learn how to thread the machine from. In case your manual is missing, check the manufacturer’s website, it might be available there.
- Place the cotton on the spool at the top of the machine. The spool might either be standing upright or laying down, depending on the sewing machine.
- Take the thread and pull it through the thread guide on top of the machine. Most times, the thread guide is a small button-like knob.
- Keep pulling the thread, and loop it around the tension discs below.
- Pull the thread up and take it through the second thread guide. The second guide usually has a lever with an eyelet – called the take-up lever – which forms a U-shape with the thread.
- Take the thread down to the needle. Make sure you pass through all hooks on your way so the thread can be secure.
- Lace the needle with the thread from the front to the back.
- Load the wound bobbin according to the instructions provided in the manual.
- Rotate the flywheel towards yourself so the needle hooks the top and bottom thread together.
- Pull the thread from the bobbin and bring it where the needle moves in and out at the top of the machine.
- Look for the loop of bobbin thread and has been caught and pull it up.
- Carefully pull both threads to the back.
- Afterwards, test the machine on any waste fabric to make sure everything is set correctly. Remember to hold the threads at the back when you start sowing to prevent them from tangling.
Things to Know About Threading A Sewing Machine
After mastering the basics of threading a sewing machine, threading the needle is the next big challenge. Unlike a normal needle and thread setup, one cannot bring the needle to the eye to get a good look at it so the thread can pass easily.
A sewing machine’s needle is always attached to a socket so one has to take their time to lace the thread through the needle. Here are extra tips on how to thread the needle;
- Use a sharp pair of scissors to trim the end of the thread.
- Wet the end of the thread slightly before putting it through the eye of the needle because a moist thread is easier to pass through the needle than a dry one.
- Get someone to help provide extra light so you can see what you are doing properly. If no one is available to help, use a sturdy lamp as a light source.
As time goes on, dust and loose particles would get into the sewing machine and might create a need for rethreading.
One would have to follow the steps above to successfully rethread it. If the particles are not removed, they can affect the sewing machine performance and increase the noise the machine makes.