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How to thread (ambivalent) sewing machine?
Searched the internets for manuals and message boards, but have found little advice on how to thread a borrowed machine. Thought the experienced sewers at PR might be able to help...
playtheukulele
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Date: 8/26/11 12:46 PM

Hello PR! :D

I am in need of some advice/help. Please see the issue below. I even created a blog for this issue, because I need a place to post photos. Please check out the machine here: http://badeconomyequalsmustlearntosew.tumblr.com/

Facts:
--- borrowed a sewing machine
--- no manual
--- owner is out of the country
--- can't find manual online

Issue:
--- How do I thread it properly???

Extra info:
--- I followed the threading left in the machine before, but I had to put aside sewing while finishing my thesis and, well, I don't remember how I did it. I boxed up the machine in case the owner needed it back while I was working on my paper. So, no more guide.
--- I went through the motions, thinking maybe it would come to me that way, but my setup just led to me breaking the thread.
--- I am used to working with a Janome 3000 or 10000... I mean, that is the kind of machine I learned on, so this is a little out of my experience zone.
-- Edited on 8/26/11 12:47 PM --

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Date: 8/26/11 12:53 PM

What is the manufacturer and model number of this machine?
Can you post a pic of the front and back of the machine?

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Date: 8/26/11 1:04 PM

I couldn't figure out how to post photos directly on to the thread (when I click on IMAGE, it asks for a url), so I started a blog and posted the photos there. I also didn't think to post a photo of the back of the machine, but I will do that now and upload it to the same link.

As far as I can tell, the machine is a Regina. The only number I see looks like a serial number, not a model number, but here it is - No. 030052538.

Please go to this site to see photos of the machine: http://badeconomyequalsmustlearntosew.tumblr.com/

Thank you for the reply!

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Date: 8/26/11 1:25 PM

Just a clear shot of the front (the one you've posted is a bit dark), and a 3/4 view of this area (see below), so that we can see it from the side. Trying to figure out if that small metal piece on the top is a thread guide, if it is, the thread should go from the spool to the left of that guide and down, the pics are to find out where exactly the tension is on the machine.

threading 1

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"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
Coco Chanel

Stash Sewn in 2011 148.5 Yds
Stash Sewn in 2012.... counting...

http://adonising.blogspot.com

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Date: 8/26/11 1:36 PM

Hard to know from the pictures. Expert Village has a video on how to thread a sewing machine. It's a generic description but it may offer some guidance. Sorry about this link - I tried to attach it to EV but apparently I've not mastered that technique on PR.

http://www.ehow.com/video_4429079_thread-sewing-machine.html

Also, the direction in which the bobbin is inserted into the bobbin case is critical. Hopefully, it's still threaded, so be sure to note the way that the bobbin turns when you pull the thread. I'm guessing counter-clockwise, but I could be wrong.

Another thought, if you have a sewing machine dealer/repair nearby, you could take the machine there and they could easily show you how to thread it. Most dealerships graciously do this for folks new to sewing.
-- Edited on 8/26/11 1:43 PM --

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Date: 8/26/11 1:38 PM

I know nothing about this machine but recently learned the bobbin on a Janome is put in opposite the way I put in the bobbin on the Viking. Try to flip the bobbin and bring the thread from right hand side into slot. The Janome threads from left hand side into slot. This is a drop in bobbin. Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/26/11 1:48 PM



Got the image thing down, is this the kind of view you were looking for?

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Date: 8/26/11 1:50 PM



Also, here is the front.

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Date: 8/26/11 1:54 PM

If you are up for experimenting, I would say this is it.

threading

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Coco Chanel

Stash Sewn in 2011 148.5 Yds
Stash Sewn in 2012.... counting...

http://adonising.blogspot.com

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Date: 8/26/11 2:05 PM

I don't think that's correct. I believe that round piece in the left top corner is for bobbin winding. I don't know how you did that drawing, but I would try from the spool and then through that paisley shaped thing at the top. Down through the guide near the take-up, up on the right of that long silver piece that runs up and down. I believe there is probably a slot the thread will fit in at the top of that piece. Then down on the left side of that piece. Then through the guide by the needle. It's not too different than an old Kenmore 158.1913 that I have.

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