How to Thread a Singer Sewing Machine

So you recently got a Singer sewing machine and can’t wait to start your sewing projects. While still savoring the euphoria, you realize you may need some help learning how to thread the machine. Luckily, you don’t need any special skills to do this. In the following paragraphs, I’ll be sharing how I thread my old Singer Sewing machine to give you a clear idea of how to thread yours.

How To Thread A Singer Sewing Machine?

To thread a Singer sewing machine, the first step is to raise the needle and presser foot. Afterward, proceed to thread the top of the machine. To do this, wind the bobbin, position your thread spool on the spool pin, then ensure your thread is wrapped around the first guide. The end of your thread should be inserted under and over the second thread guide. Thereafter, take the thread through the machine’s threading canal as well as the tension mechanism. Pull down the thread from the other end of the threading canal and take it through the guide above the machine’s needle. Lastly, thread the needle from the front to the back of your machine and proceed to load the bobbin.

Depending on the machine model, you may find that the above process is not as much of a stroll as you’d imagine. Each step requires a level of accuracy and precision. Read further to learn about the intricate details that entail threading a Singer sewing machine.

Steps to Thread a Singer Sewing Machine

Step 1: Raising Machine Needle and Presser Foot

How to Thread a Singer Sewing Machine

The first step in threading a sewing machine is to raise your machine’s needle and presser foot. To do this:

  • Turn Your Machine Off: The power switch is located on the side of the machine. Reach for it and switch it off. It is important that you switch off your sewing machine before threading because the threading process requires you to insert your thread through different moving parts on the machine. If the sewing machine is on and you apply pressure by accident, you may injure your fingers severely.
  • Use the Handwheel to Raise the Needle: Adjusting the sewing machine’s moving parts will require manual application since the machine has been turned off. The wheel is located on the right side of the machine, turn it clockwise to push the needle upwards. When the needle is moved to its highest point, you can stop turning.
  • Use the Lever to move Presser Foot: The lever is situated next to the base of the needle. To raise the presser foot, move the lever upwards. It is important to move the presser foot to ensure it doesn’t stand in the way.

Step 2: Threading the Top of the Sewing Machine

How to Thread a Singer Sewing Machine

  • Wind Bobbin: Before threading the top of your machine, you must first thread the bobbin. Get a thread spool,  place it on the spin and push the bobbin winder pin to your left. Insert the bottom part of the thread via the hole in the bobbin’s rim, then put the bobbin on the machine’s winder pin. Move the bobbin pin to the right and apply little pressure on your pedal to wind your bobbin. Don’t stop applying pressure until the bobbin completely winds.
  • Placing Thread Spool in your Machine’s Pin: The pin is at the top of your sewing machine. Place a complete thread spool on the pin till it falls in place. When it’s in place, you should hear a clicking sound.
  • Wrapping a Thread Around First Guide: The first guide is located a little above the machine needle apparatus at the top of the sewing machine. Hold the bottom of the thread on the spool and draw it over the top of the machine to the first thread guide. Insert the thread through the slot located under the thread guide and wrap the end of the thread over the thread guide.
  • Inserting the end of the Thread on the Second Guide: The second guide is placed directly after the first guide. Approach this guide from the right-hand side and pass the end of the thread over its top. Hold the thread on both sides of the guide and move the thread to the guide’s end. See to it that the thread is 100% through the guide.
  • Take the Thread Through the Canal and Tension Mechanism: Your machine’s Tension mechanism is located at the bottom part of the threading canal. Pull the thread’s end and be sure to wrap it around your tension mechanism. Take the thread through the canal and through the tension mechanism as well.
  • Pull of the Thread: After passing through the tension mechanism, take the thread back to the other side of the canal. Afterward, take the thread across the ‘take-up lever” that is located at the top of the threading canal.
  • Pull the Thread Down: The next step is to take the end of the thread and pass it through the threading guide which is above the needle. The guide is exactly where the needle’s blunt end attaches to the Sewing machine.
  • Thread Needle from Front to Back: Pull the thread towards the needle’s eye and insert it through. Pull out the end at the other side of the needle by around 15cm ( 6 inches.) If you’re finding it difficult to insert the thread through the needle’s eye, soften the end of the thread using water, beeswax, or saliva.

Step 3: Loading the Bobbin

How to Thread a Singer Sewing Machine

The steps in loading the bobbin are as follows:

  • Try to Raise the Needle to its Highest Point by Rotating the Hand Wheel in a Clockwise Direction: To load the bobbin case properly, the needle’s obstruction must be eliminated by raising it high. You’ll need to turn the wheel continuously till the needle is at its highest position. If the needle is already placed at its highest while threading the top of the machine, ignore this step and move to the next.
  • Open Bobbin Case: The bobbin case can be found beneath your machine’s needle. Depending on the machine model, you’ll either find a tab or button on the case. If its a button, press it to open the case. If it’s a tab, just lift it up to open the case.
  • Pull Thread Through Slot: The thread needs to be at least 6 inches through the slot to give the bobbin thread enough slack to connect with top thread. If there’s a shortage of threads, it will be difficult to make stitches.
  • Close your Bobbin Case: When you have successfully pulled the thread through the slot, the next step is to put back the lid on the bobbin case to secure it. Place your hand on the lid and apply pressure until it snaps in place. If you moved the bobbin case away from the machine to load it, close it and put it in the slot under the machine’s window and close it.
  • Turn the Hand Crank to Catch the Thread: Once the lid of the bobbin is secured, turn the machine’s side wheels until it catches the bobbin thread. This process helps to connect the bottom and top thread. It also pulls up a portion of the bobbin thread to make it visible. When the two threads come up, tug at them and push them to the back of the machine when they come up as a loop. If the thread doesn’t appear after this step, repeat the actions again.

Related Questions

Why Do Threads Break Every Time I’m Sewing?

If your thread breaks every time you sew, then it’s probably because you’re using a low-quality thread. Try to switch to nylon thread to ensure your threads don’t break often.

What To Do If I Can’t Change Bobbins On My Sewing Machine?

This problem could be peculiar to your model. Check the machine manually, you should see special instructions on your specific model.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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