Apologies for such a basic post -this came up in the process of writing another one but it’s not done yet- and I know a lot of you already know this but many people don’t -which is, the first step of changing thread on a machine. I showed this to a woman the other day who had been sewing all her life and she didn’t know it so I’m often wondering what I should or shouldn’t mention.
The way you thread a machine is to snip off the thread of the old spool and tie the thread of the new spool together and then pull it through the guides until the tail end when you have to feed it through the needle. The picture at right shows the thread changeover. I had to tape a piece of scrap paper in place so you could see the threads, sorry that it looks so tacky.
It will annoy everyone if you pull the thread out of the guides and then re-thread it, fishing the thread through the guides anew. In fact, this is why when you buy a machine, it comes pre-threaded from the factory. And sewn off. Sewn off means there is a scrap of fabric under the presser foot with some stitching on it. That is (I suspect) the last quality check at the factory before the machine is packed up and shipped.
As an aside, I’ve often thought it would be possible to ascertain the experience of an operator by gauging how quickly they can thread a machine. Experienced operators are a sure sight to behold.
All this indirectly comes about while writing a post about the new button hole machine I bought. The thread broke twice in the last half hour -which could mean any number of things but the most likely culprit is crappy thread so I changed it out with some thread, freshly harvested from its shrink wrap covering. More to come manana.