When I first started sewing, my mother gave me her old Wizard Citation Sewing Machine. I didn’t know much about it, but a quick Google search gave me a few ideas about the origin. This 3K-8834 model originally comes in a cabinet with a knee pedal. Evidently, Brother manufactured this model but the early Citations were produced in Japan in the 1960’s.
The first few times I used it, I had a hard time figuring out how to thread the needle. The tension is a little different than new models and I couldn’t find much online about older Wizard models. I wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to do this for anyone who might pick one up.
1. Thread the bobbin. This is pretty standard across machines but I will review it quickly. Remove the bobbin case from below the the machine. Make sure the needle is up by turning the hand wheel. Slide the silver plate in front of the needle toward you. Grab the latch of the case and pull it toward you, removing the bobbin case.
2. To thread the bobbin, remove it from the case by closing the latch. Place the bobbin on the winder pin that is pictured below. Slide the pin up and to the right until the bobbin is touching the pressure disc.
3. Wrap the thread around the tension disc and back to the bobbin, winding it a few times around the bobbin.
4. Press the pedal to start the machine and begin winding the bobbin until it is threaded. Slide the bobbin back to the left and down and remove.
5. Place the bobbin back in the case and take the end of the thread and slide it up through the slit. Pull the thread through the tension spring to the left and out through the small eye.
6. Put the bobbin case back by pulling the latch toward you to keep it in place. You will feel the bobbin case lock back in. Slide the plate back into place.
1. First, raise the presser foot by flipping up the lever. Turn the hand wheel until the needle comes up and the take-up mechanism (the lever on the front with the eye) is at the highest position.
2. Place your thread on the spool holder as pictured below.
4. Take the thread through the eye of the upper guide and slide it down below the tension disc. You will feel it hook in the little notch below the disc.
5. Pull the thread down and bring it around the thread guard and up. The thread guard is the silver inch long part that has a notch in the bottom. You will feel the thread catch on this notch and then pull it up.
6. Bring the thread back up to the take-up lever and put in through the eye as pictured below.
7. Bring the thread back down but this time do not hook it through the thread guard. Take the thread all the way down and through the bottom guide by pulling it to the left.
8. From there, you can thread your needle. Make sure the flat side of the needle is facing away from you. Carefully thread the needle through the front and bring it under the pressure foot, pulling until you have 5-6 inches of thread.
Now that your sewing machine is threaded, you are almost ready to start sewing. Like any other sewing machine, you need to bring the lower thread up by moving the needle down and catching the lower thread. With the pressure foot still up, simply turn the wheel on the side until the needle moves all the way down and catches the lower thread that is hanging from the bobbin. Pull the loop up with the needle and bring both threads back and under the pressure foot.
I hope this is helpful to anyone with an older Wizard Citation sewing machine. Unfortunately, I do not have a manual but you might have some luck with some of the original Brother models.