How To Thread A Singer Sewing Machine - Find Out Here!

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Last Updated on 24 October, 2020 by Janet

Setting up a sewing machine is the first step in learning how to properly sew. Threading a sewing machine the right way is one of the most complicated processes that is required in set up.

Whether you are gearing up to hem some trousers or work on your quilting project, a sewing machine is threaded the same way every time. While the project and thread type may change with each project, the threading process will not.

Once you learn how to thread your Singer sewing machine the correct way, the possibilities are endless in regard to what you will be able to make.

How to Thread a Sewing Machine

Raise the Presser Foot and Needle

First and foremost, make sure your sewing machine is turned off. It is very important that you only thread your machine while it is turned off.

Next, raise the the needle using the hand wheel. Because the sewing machine is turned off, you will need to adjust each part manually.

Turn the hand wheel to the right in order to move the needle up. You can stop turning once the needle is at its absolute highest point.

Now, locate the presser foot lever and push it upwards to raise the presser foot. Having the presser foot in the upward position will make threading the machine much easier.

Once you complete these two steps, you are ready to thread your sewing machine.

Thread the Top of Your Machine

Ensure that you have wound the bobbin before you thread the uppermost part of the machine. Now, place the spool of thread onto the spool pin.

Next, move the bobbin winder pin all the way to the left and insert your thread through the hole located in the rim of the bobbin.

Now, simply push the bobbin pin back to the right and apply a little bit of pressure to the pedal in order to begin winding the bobbin. Keep applying gentle pressure to the pedal until the bobbin is completely wound and the thread is almost even with the bobbin's rim.

After you have wound the bobbin, place a spool of thread on the spool pin that is attached to the top of the Singer sewing machine. The spool will click when it is properly attached.

Wrap the thread around the very first thread guide, which is located on the top of the sewing machine, above the needle apparatus.

To do this pull the thread across the top of your Singer to the first guide, pull it through the slot, and wrap the end over the top of the guide. Continue wrapping the thread on the right side of the guide.

Now it is time to insert the thread under and over the second thread guide, which will be located next to the first one. Feed the thread from the right under the second guide.

Then, bring the thread over the top of the guide. It is important now that you check to make sure the threads are properly sitting through each of the thread guides.

After the guides are threaded, bring your thread through the threading canal and tension mechanism. Wrap the thread around the tension mechanism at the bottom of the threading canal.

Make sure that the thread is nice and tight while pulling it through the canal. Now, you can pull it up through the other side of the canal.

Pull your thread down and through the small guide situated right above the needle and bring the thread back through the last part of the threading canal.

Now, thread your needle from the front to the back of the machine and pull your thread through the needle's eye about 15 cm.

Load the Bobbin

Now that your Singer sewing machine is threaded, turn the hand wheel again to raise the needle to the highest position so that you can properly load the bobbin case. If you raised your needle at the beginning of threading, you may not need to do this.

Open the bobbin case and place the bobbin inside, using the guide arrows. The arrows tell you which way the thread should be going.

Pull the thread through the slot until about 15 inches are through to give it enough slack so that the bobbin thread can connect with the top thread.

Close the bobbin case back up. Turn the hand wheel to the right a few rotations in order to catch the thread. This connects the threads from the top and bottom of the machine.

When the threads come up, gently tug at them. They should come up as loops, which you can then push back to the machine to move them out of your way.

If you followed all of these steps, you have successfully loaded your Singer sewing machine!


If you are having trouble threading your Singer sewing machine, the first resource you should consult is your user manual. There are a lot of moving parts to a sewing machine, and successfully threading it can prove to be a daunting task the first few times you try.

When it doubt, start the process over from the beginning. This may seem like a lot of work, but you will actually save yourself a lot of time and frustration if you start threading from the beginning instead of trying to figure out what went wrong in the middle of the process.

Chances are that if you encounter a problem, someone else on the internet has come across the same difficulty. Videos on Youtube are a great place to start if you are more of a visual learner.

Happy sewing!

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Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she's not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.
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