How to Thread a Battery Operated Portable Sewing Machine

Updated April 17, 2017

Battery operated sewing machines that are portable are popular for the busy mom or dad. They conveniently fit in your vehicle for mending on the go. Portable sewing machines operate on batteries so small projects can be completed even if an electrical socket is not available. Their portability does not compromise the integrity of the stitch, enabling them to complete a task as easily as a standard sewing machine. The battery operated portable sewing machine is easy to thread using these few simple steps.

Raise the presser foot, or petal that holds the fabric in place. Most sewing machines have a presser foot lever to the right of the presser foot that can be locked in an up or down position. After the foot is in the up position, turn the hand wheel on the far right side of the machine toward you to raise the thread take-up lever to its highest position.

Place the spool of thread on the spool pin or peg located directly behind the sewing machine handle. There are two spool pins, a small one for filling the bobbin and a taller one for the spool of thread. The spool pin for the spool of thread is normally attached to the back side of the machine and the bobbin peg is usually on the top of the machine to the far right. After the spool is in place, unravel one foot of thread for the threading process.

Pass the thread through the thread guide located at the top of the sewing machine on the left.

Guide the thread down the front of the sewing machine. Allow it to fall into the channel that is to the right of the tension knob. The thread should catch underneath the panel at the very bottom of the machine as you raise it back up toward the thread take-up lever. Hold the thread in place above the tension knob and at the take-up lever and pull lightly to ensure it is in place.

Run the thread through the thread take-up lever and guide the thread back down the left channel toward the needle. Additional thread can be unravelled if necessary.

Thread the needle from front to back and allow 2 inches of thread to sit under the presser foot.

Things You'll Need

  • Spool of thread
  • Bobbin


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Melissa Vega started writing in 1996. She has experience writing travel articles, self help, nonprofit communication and children’s literature. She has been published in "Pecan Grove" and "Today’s Catholic."