FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

How do I thread my machine?


(1) Spool pin
(2) Thread guide (back)
(3) Thread guide (front)
(4) Thread take-up lever
(5) Mark on the handwheel

  • Make sure the main power switch is off when threading.
  • Make sure you thread the machine properly. Otherwise, the thread could tangle and break the needle.


  1. Raise the presser foot using the presser foot lever.
    image (1) Presser foot lever


  2. Raise the needle to its highest position by turning the handwheel toward you (counterclockwise) so that the mark on the handwheel points directly up.

    When you use the needle threader, make sure the needle holder is in the highest position, otherwise the hook may be damaged.


  3. Pull up the spool pin and put a spool of thread on this pin.



    If the spool of thread is in the wrong place, or is set incorrectly, the thread may tangle on the spool pin and cause the needle to break.


  4. Feed the upper thread as shown below.
    Pass the thread through both thread guides: the back one first, and then the front one.
    image (1) Thread guide (back)
    (2) Thread guide (front)


  5. Make sure you guide the thread through the thread take-up lever from right to left.




  6. Put the thread behind the guide above the needle.



  7. Lower the presser foot lever to lower the presser foot.




  8. While lowering the needle threader lever, hook the thread onto the guide.
    image (1) Needle threader lever
    (2) Guide


  9. Pull down the needle threader lever as much as possible, and then turn the lever toward the back of the machine (away from you). Make sure that the hook passes through the eye of the needle and grabs the thread.
    image (1) Hook
    (2) Thread
  10. While lightly holding the thread, turn the needle threader lever toward the front of the machine (toward you).
    The hook will pull the thread through the needle.




  11. Raise the needle threader lever and pull out about 5 cm (2 inch) of thread through the needle toward the back of the sewing machine.




    You can not use the needle threader if you are using decorative threads or special needles, such as the twin needle and wing needle.

    When using these needles or threads you will need to thread the needle by hand.

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Related Models

BM-2700, BM-3600, LS-590

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