Mini sewing machine threading ─ a helpful illustrated guide

My perfectly threaded mini sewing machine, ready to sew!

A few weeks ago, I bought myself a cute little mini sewing machine. But mini sewing machine threading can sound a bit overwhelming for beginners. So I have created a step-by-step tutorial that will make it very easy for you to thread your little machine. Let’s do this together!

To thread a mini sewing machine, begin by placing your spool of thread on a spindle at the top of your machine. Now you must pass your thread through 7 different places. The final step is to pass your thread through the eye of the needle. Follow these simple steps to thread your mini sewing machine quickly and easily.

Getting to know your top thread spindle

In any sewing machine, you’ve got something called a top thread. Now it might sound a little bit technical when you say it that way but actually it’s very simple.

The top thread is just a spool of thread that sits on top of the sewing machine so you can actually see it physically. Meaning it’s not hidden away somewhere inside the sewing machine.

In a mini sewing machine, this top thread can sit in two different places, depending upon your preference. The easiest place for the top thread to sit is on a secret hidden spindle. You can pull up this little spindle and place your spool of thread on it.

Pull up the secret hidden spindle for your top thread!

There is another place on a mini sewing machine where the top thread can sit, and it’s on an upper thread bobbin spindle. However you will realize that using the top hidden spindle is much faster and easier.

You don’t really have to use the upper thread bobbin for your top thread

So for this tutorial, we will stick with the top hidden spindle for our top thread reel.

Things you need to thread your mini sewing machine

Now let’s look at what you will need to thread your mini sewing machine. You will of course need a spool of thread just like this one. I’ve got good quality Guttermann black thread.

You will also need a pair of scissors.

Optionally, you can also keep a needle threader at hand. This is not an absolute must but it helps you pull the thread through small holes and gaps easily without having to squint your eyes too much.

Preparing to thread your mini sewing machine using the P-is-for-Perfect method

The first thing you need to do is pull up the top spindle on your mini sewing machine. Now you need to place your spool of thread on this spindle. But which way will you place it?

Now with a Guttermann thread it’s very easy because you just need to make sure that the letters on the reel are upright. But what if there are no letters for you to follow?

Well this is where the P-is-for-Perfect method comes in. Just remember that your top thread needs to sit Perfectly, and so your thread must follow the letter P shape.

Your thread reel should make a letter P as you place it on the top spindle of your mini sewing machine. P is for Perfect!

So if you turn the spool sideways, you can see it’s making the letter P. The thread is going up and around, following the shape of letter P, and this is how your spool of thread should also sit on your mini sewing machine.

Once your top thread is in place, we are ready to thread your mini sewing machine following the seven simple steps. It is important to take a note of all of these seven different points so that your machine operates perfectly

1.     The first coil

Step 1 – run the thread through the first coil of wire

Step one is this little coil of wire making a loop or a hole through which your thread needs to go. Pass the thread from your right to the left.

2.     The tension controller

Now you need to pass the thread through the thread tension controller. It’s basically two plates of metal that squeeze together to make the thread taut. And it’s not scary at all.

Your thread needs to pass through the crevice right between the two discs. So don’t just randomly put the thread anywhere behind the tension knob. Make sure that it is passing between these two plates.

As soon so you do this, you will immediately feel that the thread is coming under some tension and that’s okay. That’s supposed to happen.

When you tighten the tension discs, the thread tension gets higher. And when you loosen the tension discs, the thread tensions falls or the thread gets looser.

3.     The second coil

Step 3 – pass the thread through another coil of wire

Now we’ve got point number three which is another little coil of wire through which your thread needs to go. Again, pass it from the right to the left.

4.     The up-down lever thingy

Next is this lever which moves the thread up and down as the needle of the sewing machine goes up and down. There is a hole on the lever. Just pass the thread through this hole from right to left.

Step 4 – pass the thread through the hole in this lever

There. Done.

5.     The third coil

Step 5 – now pass the thread through this coil of wire

 Step five is another coil of thread where your thread is going to pass through. Pass the thread flowing from up to down.

6.     Above the needle shank

This next step is to pass the thread through a hole where the needle sits.

Step 6 – now the thread will go through the hole above the needle

This hole is right above the needle on the left in a little metal plate. Simply pass the thread from above and take it down through the hole.

7.     The eye of the needle

The final step is to pass the thread through the needle itself.

If you have never done this before, just remember that every sewing machine needle has a little hole in it. You must pass the thread in your mini sewing machine from the left to the right.

To do this properly, your needle’s eye must be up and visible. You can bring the needle up by turning the hand wheel towards yourself.

Always turn the hand wheel towards yourself, never away okay? You don’t want to damage the machine in any way.

Once the needle’s eye is up, you can thread the needle. Here, you can use your (optional) needle threader to do this quickly and easily.

A needle threader is just a bit of flexible wire. In fact it is so fine and flexible that it can actually pass through a needle’s eye.

To use it, pass the threader from right to left. Now you have a large loop to pass your thread through and you won’t have to squint or strain your eyes. Pass the thread through this wire loop, and then pull the threader back out from the needle’s eye.

And there, your needle is now threaded!

After threading your mini sewing machine

It is important to have a fair bit of thread (around 10 inches) trailing out from your mini sewing machine needle before you begin sewing. You can pull out this extra thread length easily.

Just remember: never yank on the threaded needle to get your extra thread! It can damage the needle as well as the lever mechanism.

To pull out the extra thread, simply grab the thread on the left of the tension controller and pull down vertically to create a loop of extra thread.

Pull on the thread after the tension discs to make a loop of extra thread. Now pull it through the needle without damaging your mini sewing machine

Now you can easily pull on the end of your needle’s thread to gain the extra length.

I hope this step-by-step tutorial on how to thread your mini sewing machine has helped you out. If you want to watch a short helpful video walking you through all of these steps, check out my Youtube tutorial here.

Check out my helpful step-by-step guide on how to thread the bottom bobbin of your mini sewing machine here.

Happy crafting!

Related questions

How do you wind a bobbin thread on a mini sewing machine?

To wind the bobbin thread on a mini sewing machine, pop out the purple spindle on the side. Now pull up the top spindle and place a spool of thread on it. Wind this thread five times around a bobbin and pop it on the purple spindle. Switch on the sewing machine. Guide the thread evenly across the bobbin. Now switch off the machine and snip the thread. For a detailed step-by-step tutorial with pictures, click here. Alternatively, you can watch a quick video of exactly how to do this here.

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