If you are someone who has either decided that it's time to start a new home business, or you are just looking to start a new hobby, you have settled on the embroidery machine. Because this is the 21st century and we don't need to do everything entirely by hand anymore, you have likely decided that the best way to go about doing this is to get yourself a machine. The problem is that while this is going to make it quite a bit easier in a number of different ways, the biggest problem you are going to run into is that it's not always that easy to get started.
Right off the bat, you are going to have to try and find out just how to get the thing threaded. This is of course, the first step and it means making sure that you are going to actually be able to get your thread into the machine, so you can put down whatever design you think is the most important to get done. If you don't do this right, you are going to find out that it's more than just not getting started. If you don't know how to do this, and just try to wing it, you can actually cause some real mechanical problems that will have you spending your afternoon trying to get everything untangled and cleaned up. It's safe to say there is more than one person out there who has given up the past time entirely because they found the threading of the machine to be too difficult and then decided it wasn't worth the effort in the long run.
Following the Line
The first thing you are going to want to make sure you are doing right is following the line that is delineated on the machine. The path that the thread should be followed should be marked in some way on the machine near where you are going to be threading it. Make sure that you are always following this line. Not doing so is going to cause those problems we talked about earlier that will lead to real problems and lots of fixing and cleanup.
The Spool Pin
If your embroidery machine is one that clearly lays out which color of thread is supposed to go on which spool, then you are going to want to make sure that you are putting the spool on that pin.
Threading Through a Numbered System
Depending on just how many spools your embroidery machine has, there is either going to be numbers or you should assign numbers to the path and the spools in order to really get the thread through the housing and to the needle. The problem is that when you are dealing with a ton of different colors and threads there can be quite a bit of confusion. If you either go with the numbers or assign numbers to yourself, you will have a better chance of making sure that you are keeping everything straight and making sure everything stays out of each other's way.
Thread the Housing
You are going to want to drag the thread through the different numbered areas and paths and repeat as many times as you need to in order to get the job done. When you have started to get all of those pieces of through the housing and the spools, you are going to want to make sure and slide the thread tension lever so that you have closed the holes in the thread guides.
Press the Button and Relax
If you have gotten the thread from the spools to the needle spot correctly then there is just one more step you need to take before you can begin happily and heartily getting things ready to go. If your embroidery machine has an automatic needle threading setting, then this is going to be even easier than you thought. You just push this button and then you can sit back and hope that everything goes according to plan.
Once you have hit the automatic button, the hook on the needle threading mechanism should be passing through the eye of the needle and the spool thread indicator light should be turned off. Once you have done this step, you will see the machine make a couple of moves and then eventually be ready to start making whatever it is you find the most fun and the most important to do.
Once again, it's important to realize that there are going to be some steps here and there that you will need to make sure you are running whatever you are doing through the actual instructions that come with your machine. One size doesn't fit all when you are talking about embroidery machines. Some are going to have more spools than others. You are also going to have to make sure that you have everything sorted and maybe give a bit of a test run before you really get down to the nitty-gritty. You don't want to be in the middle of a long project and have things go terribly wrong.