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Multi-Needle: Basic Threading

This week we cover Basic Threading Techniques.

Hmm…what color thread goes on what pin? On the Baby Lock Enterprise and the Brother Entrepreneur®, you’ll see an LED light under each thread pin. Use the LED lights as a guide, selecting a matching spool of thread for that pin.  Just like embroidering with a single needle machine, you can easily reassign a color to any portion of a design.

If they’re not already in position, slide a spool mat (a black foam disc) over each pin. They hold the spools in place without slippage or bouncing.   Place a spool of thread on the first pin (the numbers read right to left, 1 is on the far right as you face the machine).   Insert the thread into the metal thread guide A over the spool, entering the hole from the back to the front. Bring the thread forward into the second guide, thread guide B.

Open the thread tension lever on thread guide C by sliding it to the left.

Insert the thread into the hole and close the lever (slide it to the right).

Now insert the thread into thread guide D.

Holding the thread with two hands, pass it under the metal plate.

Wind the thread around the number 1 tension disc. Use the visual display on the machine as a helpful reminder. This step is very similar to threading a single-needle machine except you don’t see the tension discs on a single needle machine because they are encased in the plastic body of the machine.

Pull the thread around the right side of the first pin and around the left side of the second pin. Slip it under the metal plate.

Just like your single-needle machine, pull the thread down the slot (labeled 1) and backup and thread it into the take up lever (from right to left).

Insert the thread into the hole (1) above the needle. You’re almost done!

There is one last thread guide to thread before the needle.  Use the threader tool to hold the thread above the needle guide and pull the thread through the curved guide.

Pull a length of thread. Touch the automatic threading mechanism button on the machine’s screen.  A fork shaped device will surround the needle.

Pull the thread under the fork and the guide on the presser foot. Pull the thread up and across the cutter (located above the needle).

Touch the needle threading button again. Needle one is threaded!

Repeat for all 10 needles.  Now that you’ve threaded 10 needles, you’re a pro! You’ll know exactly how to rethread when the need arises.

There are several ways to assign thread colors to the needles. The easiest and fastest way for designs with 10 or less colors is to turn on manual color sequencing.  Go to Settings (the page icon at the bottom of the LED screen), page 5 and turn on the manual color sequence.

After selecting a design, touch the color change icon in the embroidery editing screen.

To assign a new needle bar (or spool of thread) to the first color, just touch the desired needle (the two-column list on the right). Use the spool plus icon to assign a needle bar to the second color.

Continue until all colors of the design are assigned to a needle bar. If you want the machine to stop after stitching a specific color, just touch the hand. It will stop the machine at that color segment.

Even though a multi-needle machine looks much more sophisticated than a single-needle machine, it really isn’t. Yes, you do have 4, 6, 10 or 16 needles to thread but when a problem occurs, it only happens with one needle at a time. After all, that’s all that’s stitching at one time. If you own a serger, then you’re comfortable stitching with many moving parts: needle and loopers.   A mutli-needle machine is not more complicated than a single-needle, it’s just more efficient.

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