Make Friends with Your Sewing MachineBy
The one thing that will empower you most with your sewing machine is getting comfortable changing your thread and threading your bobbin.
Once you realize it’s no big deal, it completely changes your relationship with your machine, because you’re no longer scared of it.
You don’t have to conquer all the basics of sewing to enjoy your machine. But if you stop dreading changing your thread, you’ll start using your sewing machine as a creative tool (yay!) and actually enjoy it. Big projects and small–white thread and black. You won’t care, because changing your thread is super easy.
So set your timer for 20 minutes , park yourself in front of your sewing machine and just try it. (Believe me, this is better than waiting to try it once you’re in the middle of a project that you care about, are in a giant hurry or both. And weirdly, those things always seem to go together…)
You’re Not Alone–Because I’m Here in Video Spirit!
To reduce the pain and suffering of this task, I’ve created a video (below) of how I thread my own machine, refill my bobbin, and draw up the bobbin thread. Maybe watch it a couple-three times before working with your machine. I hope it functions like a fabulous bravery pill that enables you to give yours a go.
There is One Other Teeny-Tiny Thing
I must admit that you’ll still kind of need your manual so you can figure out exactly how to do it on your particular machine. I know, you hate the thought of reading the manual–you sort of hate me right now for just saying the word “manual”. Don’t worry, I get it. I also hate reading any manual. (Just ask my husband. He’s somewhere rolling his eyes right now at the thought of me reading a manual!)
But you’re not really reading the manual, you’re just following the little (well, sort of little ) diagram for threading your machine. Ignore the rest.
And all that mumbo jumbo in there will make more sense this time anyway (after watching my video), so thank goodness for that. Because even though our machines are set up a little differently from each other, the principles behind how they work are the same. So your bobbin might be side loading, or you might have a few more curlique bits that your thread has to go through, but it’s all little details. Deep inside, our machines were separated at birth.
So watch my video, find your timer, and get your brave on:
And after that timer rings, lean back, unclench your shoulders, breathe, and bask in the golden light of your courage–you did it! And if you don’t have it quite figured out yet, that’s okay, too, because you’re a lot closer than you were 20 minutes ago.
One Last Truism
The only other thing you need to do is not put your machine away. A sewing machine needs to be out. Okay, you can put the cover on it if you want, but don’t put it in the closet. If it’s in the closet, it’s as good as gone. Remember, if you didn’t want to sew something, you wouldn’t have a sewing machine!
Did you try this and it worked? Leave a comment and let us know! Still struggling? That’s okay, let’s commiserate! Are you a great sewer who can attest to how easy it is to change your thread and how much fun it is to sew–leave a comment for your fellow creatives who are new to sewing to inspire them!