Lol I need cheaters to thread the machine! Though the real issue is the proper tension top and bottom. That took me a long time. Not sure if it was the heavy duty thread , the heavy material or both. Once that was done(lots of scrap material used up) it went smoother than I thought it would. Hubby has been ery sceptical about this but he looked it over and said thats well made and offered to wear it so I could get pics. I told him once I get the lining sewn in. Then I'll post those.