I am frustrated with my christmas gift... I can't get the darn needle threader to thread the needle. It takes me more than the one person said of 3X. I have read and read and read the manual but no joy on how to be consistent in putting the cassette into the machine. Any help would be MOST appreciated.
I too have a christmas gift causing headaches - loopy embroidery. But at least this one I found a work around for... I thread the cassette according to the arrows but when I get to "6" I loop up around the left side and over the top of the bend but DON'T go far enough to cut the thread. I leave about 4 or 5 inches loose and hold the end at the top-right of the thread cassette at about the 2 o'clock position. I push the cassette down into the machine normally and right about when the 6 is below the window the thread will cut leaving you holding the left over piece. Continue pushing down until click and needle will thread. Have not had any threading problems since learning to leave a tail on the thread. Hope this helps.
I had a hard time too. I have found that you can see the needle threader through the 'window' and you can see when the cassette engages this part of the mechanism to take the thread down to the needle. It is to the right side, so you need to make sure the cassette is pushing on this on the right side. Hope this helps.
I encountered the same problem when I first started using my 270D. When you push the cassette in, do so very slowly and smoothly...it takes some practice. Now my needle threads 99% of the time. Also make sure tension is correct and the thread it not too tight in the cassette. Hope this helps.
When you push the cassette down, there is a little tiny wire hook that comes through the needle eye to catch the thread. The needle must be in perfect alignment for the wire hook to go through the eye of that needle. If the hook is bent a little OR the needle is bent a little or not all the way up, the needle won't get threaded. The wire will not go through an eye smaller than an 11/90. First thing I try is a new needle that is all the way up in the needle holder. If threading still fails, probably the wire hook is sliding to one side of the needle, not through the eye. The action happens so fast, it is hard to see exactly what the problem is. Hope that helps. I am not a fan of the cassette system. A side arm needle threader is easier to problem shoot.
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to make manual threading of a needle easy buy a needle threader
it is a instrument that has a very fine piece of wire in a loop that you push through the eye of the needle , put the thread in that loop and pull the loop back out of the eye and the needle is threaded
available from most any shop that sells material , cotton , thread or sewing machine shops
cost --pack of 2 for $1.00 or there abouts
If you have a needle threader like this one,
place it through the eye of the needles on your sew machine,
first place your finger behind the needle and then try to put the needle threader into the eye of the needle by feeling it through you will know you have it. then with magnifying glass you can put thread through threader.
Damaged needle is the most common cause of this, followed by a needle too small for the threader (see: http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/17206792 for a size comparison) or a needle not in the correct position for threading, or the threading getting knocked out of alignment.
Personally, and maybe because I've been sewing for 55 years now, but I find most needle threaders seem to be the first thing to break on modern home sewing machines. If you want to thread by hand, simply cut the end of the thread at an angle with a *sharp* pair of scissors. It should poke through the hole easily. Because needle size and thread size really go hand in hand in making good stitches, a thread that is too fat for the needle's eye a) won't go through the eye easily and b) will make your machine stitch like it's suddenly had all the tensions go wonky. (Thread diameter should be about half the width of the eye of the needle; ordinary sewing thread generally works from size 10/70 through 14/90 needles just fine, and occasionally to 16/100.)
I have that machine, and am wondering if your needle has a burr on it, try a new needle, #11 or #80. You may also have no hook in your automatic threader to go throught needle eye. My first automatic threader was defective, no wire to go through the needle to catch the thread. Take a magnifying glass and look when you change your needle and watch when you pull your threader down, do you see a really fine wire come through the needle eye? If, not yours is defective because it has to pull the thread into a little loop for you to pull your thread through it after you release the lever quickly, Mine was a Singer and they sent me a new one right away, Brother will do the same for you, I am sure. Another thing you can do is go to your dealer and have them inspect it, I went to JoAnn fabrics and that is how I learned that I was not crazy, it was the machine,
Mine won't work on very small needle sizes so I resort to the old manual needle threader for these. Ditto for twin needles.
Otherwise its a case of pulling the auto threader down so the hook swings into the needle eye, then pulling the thread over the face of the needle and catching it into the hook, then release the threader so it pulls back through the needle eye, taking the thread with it.
The only other thing that springs to mind is "is the needle at the top position in its stich cycle so that the threader lines up with the needle eye?
Takes a little practice, just be patient, the thread goes in front of the needle. Sometimes the needle hole is very small and addes to the frustration. I use Singer Inspira needles and they have a larger hole and much easier to thread.
If only we could put video links in here! But here goes:
Raise the presser foot; Turn the hand wheel until the take-up lever (the hook bit that goes up and down, above the needle ) has reached its highest position; Remove the small spool holder from the horizontal thread holder that is under the lid. Put thread reel onto spool, replace spool holder; Pull thread behind first thread guide - it is the cream flat plastic bit towards the back - about 1" x 3/4" (i.e. the thread takes the first exit at the back); Bring it down the left-hand long slot on the front of the machine, back up the right-hand slot, over the hook of the take-up lever, back down the right-hand slot and pass it from the side between the thread guide (silver metal bit just above the needle - looks a bit like curled metal). I found this last guide the most difficult to figure out - tried to get the thread into the curled bit - but you don't do that - it just slips in behind; Thread goes through the eye of the needle. You can use the needle threader or not. Instructions for needle threader:
Lower sewing foot (makes more room and clamps the thread in the upper tension discs so it is less likely to keep spooling off while you are trying to thread); Turn handwheel until the needle is in highest position; Pull the needle threader straight down and then twist it to the front so the tiny hook on the threader goes through the eye of the needle; Take thread under the larger metal hook on the left, put your thumb on it to stop it coming off, thread goes back towards the needle and under the small hook that is poking through the needle from the back; Twist the needle threader towards the rear, releasing the thread carefully and allow the threader to move upwards. There should be a loop of thread left in the eye of the needle and you can now pull it all through to the back.
That sounds really complicated but I find the Pfaff needle threader works really well, unlike that of some other machines. I also have a Husqvarna Designer 1 whose needle threader works great, but the one on my friend's Designer SE is useless. Go figure!
When you have the threader engaged to the needle hold the thread between your two hands horizontally and slide the thread behind the needle starting from the bottom up until you feel it stop then pull the threader gently out toward the back of the machine. Sometimes it takes a few tries to get the hang of it
does the machine have a needle threader? first if so, pull it down and put the thread behind the left side of the threader and loop the thread around toward the needle then go behind the finger of the threader hold the thread back against the needle and slightly pull upwards pull the threader forward and gently let go with the right hand of the thread and the needle will pull the thread through, second if the machine doesn't have a threader, the easiest way to thread a needle is to buy a needle threader, it is a device that you put through the eye of the needle and put the thread through its hole then just pull the threader back out and the needle is threaded.