The spools are situated on the rear of the machine and I am not sure how the needle goes in--eye from front to back or sideways (which way does the flat of the needle go?) This is not my machine I am trying to get it to work for our granddaughter Any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: How to thread a viking model 468
The trick is to look at the top ot the needle, one side is flat.
There are only two choices, in almost all newer machines the flat faces the back of the machine, away from you when you are sitting in front of the machine). In various older models the only other option is the flat faces to the right. You can tell by looking carefully at the needle bar (The round rod that goes up and down with the needle at the bottom) where the needle clamp is. There will be a groove on the bar in the middle of the clamp,
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To thread the upper thread, make sure that the needle bar is fully up, using the hand wheel. Put the thread spool on the spool pin and secure it with the spool holder. Use the end of the spool holder that is closest to the spool size. Bring the thread through first guide to the left of the spool holder. Slide it past and behind the guide before pulling it into the guide. Then bring the thread to the pre-tension spring. Similarly, the thread goes behind the spring and then comes forward. Next bring the thread down through the channel and up through the adjacent one further to the left. It helps to hold the thread between the spool and the thread guide. Once you bring the thread up through the second channel bring it from right to left through the slotted eye of the take-up lever. Bring the thread down and through the horizontal thread guide, the thin guide clamp needle and to the needle. Thread the needle from front to back.
Depends on the model, for detail but basically: Ensure the takeup arm / needle is at the top of its motion - with electronic models this is easiest done just by 'blipping' the foot controller and the needle will automatically return to top. Put your spool of thread on the spool pin. On older models with the vertical spool pins ALWAYS use a felt pad underneath to prevent the spool spinning when the thread is drawn off. On later models with a horizontal spool pin, hold the spool in place with the correct size retainer, with the larger diameter facing away from the spool. Make sure the foot is up (this is important). Draw thread off the spool and route it through the pre-tensioner on the back of the machine, then through the slot until it passes through the tension discs next to the tension control. The thread is then brought down the right-hand-side of the takeup arm cover, and pulled-up the left-hand side (it should be pulled into the check spring at the bottom, automatically. Pass the thread around the right-hand-side of the takeup arm and then the left-hand-side so that the thread is left running through the takeup arm. Drop the presser foot. Route the thread behind the lower thread guide at the bottom of the takeup arm cover and then through the thread guide at the bottom of the needle bar, just above where the screw that retains the needle is situated. The thread guide might be a simple loop of wire or a clip on the botom of the needle bar. Thread the thread through the eye of the needle either manually or using the needle threader, if fitted and off you go. It's important to have the foot raised when routing the thread through the upper tension discs to make sure the thread sits properly within the discs rather than just going over the top of them. Raising the foot holds the tension discs open.
Loosen needle screw & insert needle with shank's flat side facing front of machine. Push needle in all the way, then tighten screw to hold needle in place.
Install a fully wound bobbin by loosening bobbin nut & placing bobbin on top. Re-attach bobbin nut & tighten. If standard thread spool will be used, then attach spool pin to bobbin shaft & place thread spool onto shaft. Attach white spool cap on end of thread spool, then tighten. Bobbin/spool should unwind facing forward toward needle.
Bring end of thread through thread guides & over tension control. Pass end of thread through needle eye, from back to front, & pull it out about two inches.
A spring pushes pressor foot onto fabric that is being sewn, so lift pressor foot & place fabric underneath.
Turn large handwheel on side of machine (handwheel can be turned in either direction) to raise needle arm to its highest position.
Holding the Handy Stitch in place with your right hand, press on power switch & begin sewing. Guide fabric (being sewn) with your left hand.
To end this sewing session, turn off power. Turn handwheel to raise needle to its highest position. Carefully pull out about three inches of thread through needle & snip, then lift pressor foot to remove fabric. Turn fabric over & loop needle threader through last stitch. Place end of thread from underside through eye of needle threader, & pull to loop through. Pull to tighten and snip end of thread.
Some of the older model sewing machines do require that the eye face toward the right. This would be the side of the needle that has the long groove for the thread to follow down the shaft and through the eye.
I cannot find a manual for a Delta sewing machine, so I would try the needle both directions.
Can you open the bobbin area (bottom spool) and watch to see if the needle and bobbin thread are connecting?
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!
Thanks for using FixYa. The upper thread could be tangled. Remove
the thread completely from the machine. The correct size spool cap should be
used for the size of the thread spool. Re-thread the machine according to
the directions in the manual.
Place a spool of thread on a spool pin and check the upper threading.
Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded
properly in the shuttle race. Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle
please check that the bobbin is installed in its case rightly. Needle thread is
too tight. Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down
into the shuttle.
needle could be thread incorrectly. Thread
the needle eye from the front to the back.
The needle could be bent or improperly inserted and install
a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.
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I have this machine and the manual but it will be difficult to explain without the diagram. Here are the instructions without the diagram ... I'm assuming that you know some parts of the machine i.e. the foot etc
NB. thread the bobbin FIRST - points number 8 onwards....
1. Raise take-up lever to highest position on machine by turning the hand wheel towards you and make sure the presser foot is raised. 2. Place spool of thread on the spool pin at the back making sure spool cap is firmly in place to keep it on. 3. Take thread and place through the thread guide (plastic bit same side as spool pin) a under and over action. Across from this guide is a small metal wheel on top of another loop pin on the top at the front of the machine. Take the thread and put through the loop pin. 9Thread should come out on top of the pin towards you). 4. On the front of the arm is a tension wheel numbered between 0 - 8. The thread should then be placed down the front of the arm, underneath the tension wheel (behind the body part of the arm not under the wheel) and lifted up to catch the tension spring unseen behind the wheel. It should then be threaded through the eye of the metal piece (that moves as the needle goes up and down). 5. The thread should then be passed down the gap in the body work and down through the middle of the metal spiral loop in the front near the needle. 6. The thread should continue down through the horizontal clip just above the needle. 7. The needle should be place with the flat part at the back and held firmly with the screw. The eye of the needle will face you. The thread should then be threaded through the front and out the back and under the foot leaving a six inch tail.
Your thread should now come off the spool move towards the left through the plastic guide, across the top of the machine at right angles, through the metal loop; down the front of the machine (you can't see the thread as it sits behind the body) and reappears through the metal arm hole that goes up and down with the needle. It should then come down through the metal spiral and behind the clip above the needle, through the eye of the needle and away from you under the foot.
8. The bobbin needs to be wound. The bobbins are particualr to each make of machine. So only singer bobbins can be used on Singer machines. The bobbin winder is the metal pin on the right on the top of the machine. 9. To wind the bobbin. Place the bobbin over the metal pin nad push firmly down. It is located on the top on the right hand side. 10. Place thread on the spool pin as before and thread the cotton through the plastic thread guide. 11. Take the thread as before but rather than going through the metal clip on the top at the front, place it anti clockwise partly round the metal wheel on top of the metal clip (don't go all the way around) and across to the right where the bobbin has been placed. 12. The thread should be wound clockwise as many times as required not to slip off when the thread is automatically wound with the electic foot peddle. 13. Push the bobobin manually to the right along the groove in the body and press the electric foot peddle. Bobbin should wind moving the thread up and down (not necessarly evenly) and filling the bobbin. Fill about 80%. Leave a six inch tail. 14 Pull the plate forward under the needle. Place bobbin in its slot. The thread should be in a clockwise direction and when the bobbin is placed catch the thread under the groove found on the left at the top of the bobbin case. Close the plate with the thread coming out above in the slot under the needle. 15 Manually turn the hand wheel a couple of times until you can see the bobbin thread making a loop with the stitch thread and pull through. 16 Both threads should be under the foot and away from you. 17 Tension normally is around 5 -6 on the tension wheel with standard cotton and polyester cotton thread. To tighten the tension the number should increment upwards.
Machine is a cracker and according to my local shop never goes wrong. I have had mine since 1999 and that's true.
Hope this helps.... I would send you the manual but I'm not sure how you keep email addresses private.
There may be so many reasons due to which the needle does not pick up the bobbing thread like---
The upper thread could be tangled. Remove the thread commpletely from the machine. The correct size spool cap should be used for the size of the thread spool. Re-thread the machine. Remove the bobbin and make sure the bobbin is threaded properly in the shuttle race. Remove any loose threads or lint in the shuttle race. You could be holding the needle thread too tight. Hold the thread lightly to keep the end from going down into the shuttle. The needle could be thread incorrectly. Thread the needle eye from the front to the back. The needle could be bent or improperly inserted. Install a new needle with the flat side of the needle facing the back.
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