how to set up a sewing machine

How To Set Up a Sewing Machine

How to set up a sewing machine? Getting a new machine can be really exciting. It could be that you have been saving up for it or you got it as a gift. Anyway, you cannot simply wait to unpack it and start your journey to become the hottest designer on the block.

To start your journey though, you would need to first set up the sewing machine and that is what this article is exactly for. If you are a newbie, this article would help you to discover how you can easily set up your machine.

Setting up a sewing machine involves a lot of processes and we would get right into it in a bit. Although the setup procedures highlighted in this article may not work for all sewing machines, there are general procedures that work for all machines.

Before setting up the sewing machine

How easy would it be to assemble a machine that you know little or nothing about its parts? The first thing you need to do is learn the different part of a sewing machine. You don’t need to know what each part does yet; you only need to be able to identify them. You can read up the user manual to get the information needed.

Here are some of the basic parts of the machine that you need to identify, thread, needle, bobbin, pedal and bobbin pin.

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Procedure to set up a sewing machine

Start threading through the front of the sewing machine

Thread the machine through the front to fill the bobbin as it is usually instructed on the user manual. Make sure to thread from the top so that the thread is heading downwards as if towards the material you want to sew.

After that is done, thread through the tension assembly. The tension assembly controls how much tension is between the needle and the material that you want to sew. You can always adjust the tension assembly depending on the material that you are working on.

The uptake lever is the next area where you should thread through. You are almost at the needle. Before getting to the needle, you would be met with a series of three hooks. Pass the thread through each of these three hooks and then you can thread the needle.

Set up the Bobbin

By now, you should have already identified the bobbin and what it looks like. You would now need to put the bobbin into the bobbin case.

Thread the bobbin in an anti-clockwise manner. There is usually a small hole on the inside of the bobbin. You need to thread through this small hole with a bit of the thread sticking out. Place the bobbin on the bobbin pin and push it in such a way that it fills the bobbin.

Start pedaling so as to fill the bobbin out. Stop pedaling when the bobbin is full. You can now cut the thread that is sticking out.

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Put Bobbin in the machine and thread the machine

With the bobbin secure in the casing, you can place it into the machine. To be sure you place it right you would hear a clicking sound. If you did not hear the sound, then the bobbin has not been securely placed in the machine.

Install needle firmly into the machine and then thread through the hole of the needle. Turn the side wheel of the sewing machine to make sure that the needle goes a full stitch (Meaning the thread moves a whole circle of going up and down).

Finally, you’ll need to bring up the bobbin thread. You can do this pulling the top thread.

Now you have set up your machine and are ready to start sewing. YAY!


Sometimes it can still be difficult to set up a sewing machine by yourself. If you have problems, don’t be afraid to ask for help especially from those who are more experienced.

After your sewing machine is set up, be sure to follow the user manual on how to maintain and keep it in order. It would be a shame for you if you set up your machine only for it to get damaged due to poor management or maintenance.

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