Threading a Kenmore sewing machine is a basic skill that every sewer should know. Whether you are sewing clothes, sheets, or curtains, threading your machine will save you time and frustration. There are a few basic things you need to know before you begin. This article will explain in detail how to thread a Kenmore sewing machine. Let’s get started!
First, make sure your sewing machine is unplugged and cooled down. You should have access to the top of your machine by lifting the lid on the front of it or flipping up a panel on its back that gives you access to internal pieces. Be careful not to over-extend when lifting the lid.
Make sure your knee is on the ground and that your left arm is straight. Have your sewing hand about 6 inches from the lower presser foot so that you can manipulate the thread when doing the steps below.
How to thread a Kenmore sewing machine? Step to Follow
Step 1 – Thread Your Sewing Machine
With whatever needle goes through the fabric, insert one end of the thread into what’s referred to as a “Z” eye (often called a needle plate in newer machines). There will be a hole in this piece of metal. Insert the eye of your needle into the hole, and bring it back out through the hole on the other side. Don’t pull it tight, but keep a firm enough grasp that it does not slip out of your hand.
Step 2 – Thread Your Presser Foot and Needle
On a Kenmore sewing machine, with the thread coming out of the needle plate and into your hand, you should be able to see the presser foot. The presser foot is what pushes down on the fabric as it sews. It has a slot or two, depending on which needle you are using. If you use a universal needle, which can take either straight or zigzag stitches, only one slot will be present. If you are using a zigzag foot, you need to ensure the thread is going through both slots.
Step 3 – Pull the Needle Up Through the Fabric
Now, take the rest of the thread that came out of your needle plate and pull it up through your fabric to go back down in front of your presser foot. Make sure you are pulling this thread tight. This must be a firm, tight pull. If you make it too loose, you will have problems sewing. You may have to go back and check what seems like a lot of slack in your threading before you get into trouble.
Step 4 – Insert the Thread Through the Right Needle Plate
Once you’ve pulled up the thread onto your fabric and it is coming back down again, you will notice that it is already starting to come out of a hole that has been punched in your needle plate. This is where you will want to put your end of the thread through so that when your presser foot pushes down on your fabric, it will grab onto this thread. If you line up the slot on your needle plate and the slot in your fabric correctly, this should be easy.
Step 5 – Pull Up the Other End of the Thread
With all of this in mind, it should be easy to see that the other side of your thread can come from anywhere. The best place is usually from where you pulled it up. So, take the end of your thread that you inserted into your needle plate and pull it up through whatever slot it is.
Step 6 – Repeat on the Other Side
Now, you will repeat all of these steps on the other side. The only difference is that there will not be much thread coming out of your needle plate. So, you will probably want to pull it out a little more to have enough length to work with. But don’t pull it out too far and have to thread it again.
Step 7 – Cut the Thread
With all of this done, you can cut the excess thread. You don’t necessarily need to cut it all at once, but it is a good time. If you have used a lot of threads, it may be hard to do it all at once. So, take your scissors and snip the little bit that comes out of your needle plate and make sure that you are not clipping off any needles or anything else in your sewing machine by accident.
Step 8 – Pushing Down
Now that everything is all done, you should be ready to sew. You will want to do a few steps here: Check for threading problems (whether your thread is too loose or too tight). If it is too tight, there can be adverse effects on your sewing machine, such as holes in the fabric or your stitches getting tangled. If it is too loose, the fabric may catch on the presser foot and make sewing either hard or impossible.
Threading a Kenmore sewing machine may seem like a very difficult task. While it might be a bit tricky at first, taking your time and following the steps above will help you to get a handle on it. As you repeat the process more and more, you’ll find that threading the sewing machine becomes much easier over time.