How To Set Up A Singer Sewing Machine

A singer sewing machine is one of the standard sewing machines that you will come across. These are available in various prototypes to align with various sewing levels.

Although Singer handheld sewing machine and treadle machine are the traditional options, lately newer and more advanced models are seen in the market.

Coming to the installation of the sewing machine, the process is quite straightforward. And, in this article, we will be exploring all about it.

How To Set Up A Singer Sewing Machine?

The singer sewing machine is easy to use and can be an easy way to develop your sewing skills when used regularly. It is one of the rare brands that has been able to generate a long-lasting vibe among people. And there is no point in having such an excellent sewing machine if you do not know how to set it up.

Here’s what you need to do to get the sewing machine ready for the work:

Step 1. Bobbin Winding

  • Make sure that the needle is no longer moving upon pushing the indent on the hand wheel’s disc.
  • Position the thread spool over the spool pin.
  • Slide the spool pin holder over the spool’s rim to ensure that the thread is not tangling
  • Pass the thread through the lower and upper slot of the thread guide, respectively
  • Wind your thread around the bobbin winders’ tension disc.
  • Move the end of the thread through the tiny hole present on the bobbin’s rim
  • Continue to hold the thread’s end and run the step on the speed controller.
  • Run the machine until the bobbin is filled and there is no more winding.
  • Cut off the thread and release the bobbin from the winding pin
  • Cut the ends of the trim from the top of the bobbins
  • Lastly, put the winding indent of the handwheel back to the previous position by pressing on it.

Step 2. Putting In The Bobbin

  • Rotate the handwheel to your side so that the needle is alleviated to the highest position.
  • Press the bobbin-release button towards the right in order to remove the bobbin-cover plate
  • Thereafter, insert the bobbin. Once you have inserted the bobbin, make sure to circle it against the clock when the thread is being pulled.
  • First, pull the threat to the right through the slot and then pull it towards the left.
  • Subsequently, place your finger slightly on top of the bobbin and continue to pull the thread.
  • Pull out around 15 cm of the thread and take it to the back of the machine under the presser foot.
  • Now, just remove the bobbin’s cover plate and place the needle plate instead.

Step 3. Needle Threading

The latest model of Singer sewing machines comes with an automatic needle threading system.

  • Rotate the wheel’s hand towards you to position the need to a raised position.
  • Put the thread right under the thread guide.
  • Pull-on the needle threader down and move the thread inside the hook.
  • Release the threader while pulling the loop via the needle’s eye.
  • Lastly, just pull the thread entirely through the needle’s eye.

Step 4. Selecting The Stitches

On average, you will find 30 different stitches on the sewing machine for versatile performance. In order to select the stitch:

  • Go through the stitch chart on the front and identify the number of your preferred stitch.
  • Thereafter, rotate the dial pattern to select the number
  • In case there is an LCD display, you can select the number through an easy button displayed on the screen.

Get Familar with The Main Parts Of Your Singer Sewing Machine

Following are some of the prominent parts and their uses in a Singer sewing machine:

Bobbin and Bobbin Case

The former is a wound featuring threats that will encompass the underside of the machine. These machines either have front-loading bobbin or top drop-in bobbin. On the other hand, the bobbin case is what holds the bobbin. Make sure you only use the bobbins that are recommended by the manufacturer.

Presser Foot

It is a removable foot that keeps the fabric in place while you sew. Various feet are used for different fabrics or sewing techniques.

Bobbin Cover Or Slide Plate

 Depending on the model of the sewing machine, a bobbin cover or slide plate allows you to access the bobbin.

Throat Plate

It is also known as a needle plate, which is positioned under the presser foot and needle. An opening within the plate enables the bobbin thread to move out and the needle to move through to facilitate stitches.

Tension Regulator

It is a dial that controls the tension over the top thread. With adequate tension, the bobbin thread and top thread will combine together to provide uniform stitches. However, if the tension becomes too tight, the stitch will ruck up and break. On the other hand, if there is no proper tension, then the stitches will not be able to hold.

Feed Dogs

These rubber teeth or small metal that pull the fabric between the throat plate and pressure foot. These also control the length of the stitch by regulating how much fabric will move through at one time.

Spool Pin

It is a small dowel that holds the thread in place. Some plates feature different spool pins for different forms of thread spools and twin-needle sewing. These pins can be either vertical or horizontal, but the latter one provides a smoother thread feed.

Thread Guides

In this spool pin, the thread moves through the metal loops in order to assist in controlling the thread’s tension.


It is a knob, which is also known as a handwheel. Flywheel raises as well as lowers the take-up lever. Ensure that you turn the flywheel towards you.

Stitch Selector

Newer Singer sewing machines come with buttons to choose the type of stitch you prefer. On the other hand, on an older machine, you need to turn the dial to select your stitch.

Stitch Width Selector

On manual sewing machines and on certain electronic models, this lever or dial regulates the width of the decorative stitches.

Stitch Length Selector

This lever of the dial is used to set the stitch length on manual as well as certain electronic machines. Moreover, you can also measure the stitches per inch, which typically ranges between 0 and 20 in terms of metric scale.

Display Screen

The more advanced and computerized machines come with a menu screen. It enables you to adjust the stitches and functions easily.

Foot Controller

By pressing on the foot controller, you can control the speed of the stitches to some extent.

Reverse Stitch Button

This button will reverse the stitch direction, enabling you to secure the thread at the front beginning as well as the end of the seam.

How Do I Know If My Singer Sewing Machine Is Antique?

The rich history of the Singer sewing machine dates back to 1851. Over the years, these marvelous machines have evolved a lot while continuing to hold their age-old reliability and efficiency. In fact, some of the older models are high-sought after by sewing enthusiasts and collectors.

If you have come across an older sewing machine at an auction, garage sale, or local market, make sure you determine its age and model first to ascertain that you are picking up an antique model.

You can do this by looking at the model number of the machine. And, to determine that, you must first look for the series number, which is generally found close to the on/off switch in newer models.

On the other hand, on the older machines, it can be found on the small plate or the front panel. Once you have found the serial number, you can determine when the machine was launched. If you want to choose an antique model, then go for the one that is over 100 years old.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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