A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing – Part 2

How to Upper Thread a Sewing Machine

Hey y’all! It is time for Part 2 of the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing. Let’s recap. In Part 1 of the Beginner’s Guide to Sewing we learned how to wind the bobbin and lower threading a sewing machine. Now we are going to learn how to upper thread the sewing machine.

For this tutorial, we will be using a Brother SQ9050 sewing machine. Although the concepts are similar for most machines, please refer to your user guide for machine specific questions. I believe the Brother SQ9050 has been discontinued, but the model below is very similar in appearance and functions.

Brother XR9500PRW Limited Edition Project Runway Sewing Machine with 100 Built-in Stitches and Quilting Table
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Upper Threading

Upper Threading

1. Place the thread on the spool (if removed after winding the bobbin).

2. Put the wound bobbin in the bottom cover and lower thread the sewing machine (see Part 1 – Winding the Bobbin and Lower Threading).

3/4. Follow the thread guide 1-5.

5. Raise your presser foot, if up.

6. Turn the handwheel counter-clockwise until the needle is up. Hook the thread on to the guide and pull the thread through the needle. The thread should go through the hole in the needle closest to you and pulled gently from behind.

Now let’s pull it all together! While holding onto the thread, turn the handwheel counter-clockwise. As the needle goes down and pulls back up, both the bottom and the top thread should catch together. Once you get to this point, you are ready to start sewing.

Whew! If that seemed difficult, try not to get too discouraged. Once you become comfortable winding the bobbin and threading the sewing machine, you will feel like a pro!

For more sewing tutorials, check out our Sewing Basics page!


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