The major sewing machine manufactures recommend cutting the upper thread on the machine at the spool and then pulling the thread through the machine from the needle. This procedure prevents twisting, knotting of the thread and the buildup of lint thus reducing risk of damage to the tension system.
Even if your machine has one of the new roller type tension system, this will prevent the thread tail from accidentally catching or wrapping itself around anything in its path thus breaking part of the thread off inside the machine. When the thread is pulled through in this manner it is following the proper direction of the thread flow designed by the factory.
When taking out the bobbin, it is recommended to drop the bobbin out of the bobbin case and cut the thread. Then pull the little piece of thread from the outside. This prevents thread tangles and lint buildup under the spring of the bobbin case. This may sound like a waste of expensive thread, however, your machine is an investment and very good care should be taken of it.
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