If you've ever ripped a tablecloth or your drapes, you can save yourself the hassle, not to mention the cost, of turning these fabrics over to a professional seamstress by stitching up the tears yourself. If you own a Singer Merritt sewing machine you should be able to handle most minor repairs. Before you begin to sew you will have to prep the machine by first winding and threading the bobbin, then threading the machine itself.
Make sure the sewing machine is off, then raise the presser foot to release thread tension. Turn the hand wheel toward you until the needle is at its highest position.
Slide the thread spool onto the spool pin, then place the spool holder on the end of the pin. Push the holder towards the spool.
Thread the take-up lever, then the subsequent guides with the thread from the spool. Since each machine is different, check your owner's manual for the exact location of the various guides. Finally, thread the needle, from front to back, so that about four inches of thread is hanging freely from the needle.