Tutorial: How to Thread A Demorest Treadle Machine (Pictures!)

About two months ago, Tracy asked me to do a tutorial on threading a Demorest Treadle sewing machine.  My apologies for taking so long, Tracy.  Click on any of the pictures to see them larger.  Without further ado, the tutorial:

To thread the machine, you put the spool of thread on the machine.  Then you take the thread and place it under the tension plate.  You may have to loosen the tension screw to do this, or press on the thread releaser.

My finger is on the thread releaser.

The round thing is the tension screw.  It regulates the tension of the top thread.  Make sure it’s not too tight.  Press the thread releaser if you need to pull on the thread.

From here we pull the thread left, under the thread guide (not the thing I called the thread guide previously), and through the hole in the needle bar.

It should look like this now:

Thread guide and needle bar.

Okay, pull the thread down and around as shown in the next picture.  The stationary piece is the thread staple; the moving “hook” is the thread controller.

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Next, we hook the thread through the thread guide and thread the needle.  My thread guide is not original, so yours may be different.  place the thread under the presser foot.

Almost done!

Now onto the bobbin.  This is by no means as difficult as it looks.  This assumes you have a threaded bobbin.  Drop the bobbin into the case with the thread sticking out.The bobbin is inside the shuttle.

The bobbin is inside the shuttle.

Pull the thread down and it will automatically slip into place. It helps to keep a finger over the open end of the shuttle while you pull.  You should feel it snap into place.

See where the thread is? It's coming out of the bottom hole.

Place it into the shuttle carrier like this and stick the thread down under the body of the machine.

My shuttle fits a little loosely, but seems to be okay.

Holding the upper thread, turn the hand wheel away from you.  A loop of the lower thread will be pulled up through the hole the needle goes through.  (You can tug on the top thread to aid this process.)  Pull the loop until the cut end of the thread comes out, then put both threads under the presser foot and trailing away from it.

The loop of the bottom thread.

Slide in the front slide plate and you have successfully threaded your sewing machine!

The threaded machine.

I hope this has helped you.  Please do not use any of my pictures without my permission.

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4 responses to “Tutorial: How to Thread A Demorest Treadle Machine (Pictures!)

  1. tracy

    Dear Sundry Woners, If I didn’t already thank you, THanks for these instrucions! I tried but I still can not get the machine to stitch!
    Not sure what I am doing wrong, or the machine is damaged and I can’t tell. Everything seems to be correct. Will try agian. Thinking of selling it anyway, Do you know anyone interested or what they are worth?
    Thanks again, Tracyg223!

    • When you begin to pedal, make sure the hand wheel is turning away from you, or the thread will break.
      As to the machine’s value, I’m no expert. However, the better the condition is and the more accessories you have, the more it is worth. Also, different brands of machines are worth more–depending on their rarity. I’d check and see if your library has “The Encyclopedia of Early American & Antique Sewing Machines” by Carter Bays.
      http://annaworden.wordpress.com/
      ^This lady may know of someone who would be interested in your machine.

  2. Laurie

    Thanks for posting this! I’ve had a Demorest for ~18 years and have been wanting to actually use is forever – hopefully now is the time 🙂

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