My husband was given this sewing machine in hopes he knew someone who could use it. It was missing the presser foot and needed a needle, but other than that, the sewing machine seems to work just fine. I had never used a Brother sewing machine before, so for me this was new territory. But it wasn’t long before I had it all set up for sewing. Here is how I threaded the sewing machine.
How to Thread a Brother Sewing Machine
Threading the top thread into this machine wasn’t very hard, however the thread take-up lever does not come up as far out of the casing as other machines I have used. It may take a moment of fidgeting with it for you to get the thread around it. Here are the steps for threading this sewing machine.
- Place your spool of thread onto the spool pin.
- Take the end of your thread and pass it over the thread guide as shown in the picture on the top of the machine next to the thread guide.
- Run the thread down and around the upper tension control dial and back up the other side.
- Now run the thread back up to the thread take-up and go over it from left to right. The thread should catch and go into the grove.
- Then take the thread back down the front of the machine to the sewing needle housing. There will be a thread guide at the top of the needle. Run the thread through the guide, then snip the end of your thread and thread your needle from front to back.
How to Wind a Bobbin on a Brother Sewing Machine
Winding a bobbin on a Brother sewing machine is pretty much just like winding on any of the other machines I have used. With this machine though, there is no clutch to pull out so its one less step. Here are the steps for winding a bobbin on a brother sewing machine.
- Place your spool of thread on the spool pin.
- Run the thread to the thread guide on the left and wrap it around according to the picture on top of the machine.
- Now run the thread back to your bobbin winder.
- Take your empty bobbin and run your thread from the middle of the bobbin, up into one of the little holes in the top disk.
- Pull the thread long enough to hold it out of the way and place the bobbin on the bobbin winder with the thread pointed up.
- Now holding the end of your thread in your right hand (you can guide the thread from the spool with your left), press your pedal slowly to start the bobbin winding.
- Once you have the bobbin started, you can trim the extra thread from the top.
- Finish winding the bobbin and when it stops, push the bobbin winder to the left and gently pull up to remove it from the machine.
- Cut the thread and you are done.
How to Put the Bobbin in a Brother Sewing Machine
This sewing machine has a front load bobbin. It can be difficult at times, especially if you have fumbly fingers like I do, but with a little patience, it will take no time to install this bobbin. Here are the steps for how to install the bobbin.
- Remove the front section of casing over the bobbin housing and open the bobbin door.
- Remove your bobbin case by pulling the silver bar that runs across the middle on the left hand side. The silver bar should lift up allowing you to remove the whole case.
- Holding the silver case with the open side towards you, place your filled bobbin into it. Make sure to pull the thread to a couple of inches long so you can thread the bobbin.
- Now holding the silver bobbin case with the arm (the weird alien L shaped piece on the side with the bar) facing up and open side facing you. take the thread and run it up through the thread guide and into the opening next to the arm.
- Holding the casing by the open bar, place the bobbin casing in to the bobbin housing with the arm and hole you just threaded facing up.
- Once it is in place, with you top thread already threaded, rotate your hand wheel on the right side of the machine until the needle goes down into the bobbin housing and then back up.
- Take a pair of scissors or flat object and run it from right to left under the presser foot. This should bring the thread up to join the top thread. Pull both threads a couple of inches then move them to the side and out of the way. If the bobbin thread does not come up the first time, repeat the steps for rotating the hand wheel until it brings up the thread.
- Shut the bobbin door and replace the front of your case.