Last Updated on January 10, 2023

So you recently purchased a Singer sewing machine and are eager to begin sewing projects. While you’re still savoring the euphoria, you realize you’ll need some help threading the machine. Fortunately, you don’t need any exceptional abilities to do this task.

How do you thread a Singer sewing machine? The first step is to elevate the needle and presser foot. Next is to wind the bobbin. Finally, thread the needle from the front of your machine to the rear, then load the bobbin.

This post includes a step-by-step guide that teaches how to thread a Singer sewing machine. Continue reading this post to learn more about the delicate nuances of the machine along with some frequently asked questions that you might encounter along the way.



Step-By-Step Guide on How to Thread A Singer Sewing Machine


Raise the Machine Needle and Presser Foot


1. Turn Your Machine Off


You can see the machine’s power switch on the side. Take hold of it and turn it off. 

Threading requires you to insert your thread through various moving sections. For this, you must turn off your sewing machine before threading. 

Accidents, however, may happen. If you accidentally apply pressure on your fingers while the sewing machine is running, you could hurt your fingertips.


2. Use the Handwheel To Raise The Needle


Since you turned the sewing machine off, you now need to adjust the moving parts manually. You will see the wheel on the machine’s right side; turn it clockwise to raise the needle. You can stop turning the needle after it has reached its highest point.


3. Use The Lever To Move Presser Foot


You can see the lever near the needle’s base. Move the lever upwards to elevate the presser foot. It’s critical to repositioning the presser foot. You need to ensure it does not get in the way of your sewing.


Sewing Machine Top Threading


1. Wind Bobbin


You must thread the bobbin before knitting the top of your machine. Take a thread spool, place it on the spinner, and move the bobbin winder pin to the left. Place the bobbin on the machine’s winder pin after inserting the bottom part of the thread through the hole in the bobbin’s rim. 

To wind your bobbin, move the bobbin pin to the right and apply slight pressure to your pedal. Apply pressure on the bobbin until you entirely wind it.


2. Placing Thread Spool In Your Machine’s Pin


Your sewing machine’s pin is at the top. Place a whole spool of thread on the pin and let it fall into place. You should hear a clicking sound once it’s in position.


Embroidery threads


3. Wrapping A Thread Around First Guide


You will locate the first guide at the top of the sewing machine, just above the machine needle device. Draw the thread from the spool’s bottom to the first thread guide over the top of the machine. 

Wrap the thread’s end around the thread guide. Then carefully feed it through the slot under the guide.


4. Insert The End Of The Thread On The Second Guide


The second guidance is positioned immediately behind the first. From the right, approach this guide and pass the end of the thread over its top. Move the thread to the guide’s end while holding it on both sides of the guide.


5. Pass The Thread Through The Canal And Tension Mechanism


You will see the tension mechanism at the bottom of the threading canal. Pull the end of the thread and make sure you wrap it around the tension mechanism. Pass the thread through both the canal and the tension mechanism.


6. Pull Off The Thread


Return the thread to the other side of the canal after passing through the tension mechanism. After that, run the thread through the “take-up lever.” You will see this at the top of the threading canal.


7. Pull The Thread Down


Thread the needle by passing the end of the thread through the threading guide above the needle. The guide is where the blunt end of the needle connects to the sewing machine.


8. Thread Needle From Front To Back


Pull the thread towards the needle’s eye and through it. Pull the end of the needle on the other side of the needle out about 15cm ( 6 inches.) Soften the end of the thread with water, beeswax, or saliva if you’re having trouble getting it through the needle’s eye.


Loading The Bobbin


1. In A Clockwise Direction, Turn The Hand Wheel As This Will Raise The Needle To Its Highest Point


You need to load the bobbin case correctly. The needle must be raised high enough to clear the blockage. You’ll need to keep turning the wheel until the needle reaches its highest point. If the needle is at its highest point while threading the machine’s top, skip this step and continue to the next.


2. Open Bobbin Case


You will see the bobbin case beneath the needle on your machine. In this case, you’ll either find a tab or a button, depending on the machine model. 

If the case has a button, press it to open it. If the case has a tab, lift it to open it.



3. Pull Thread Through Slot


The thread must be at least 6 inches long to provide the bobbin thread enough slack to link with the top thread. It will be tough to produce stitches if there aren’t enough threads.


4. Close Your Bobbin Case


After you’ve successfully drawn the thread through the slot, replace the cover on the bobbin container to keep it safe.

Apply pressure to the lid with your hand until it snaps into place. Close the bobbin case and place it in the slot under the machine’s window if you pushed it away from the machine to load it.


5. Turn The Hand Crank To Catch The Thread


Once you fasten the bobbin lid, turn the machine’s side wheels until you catch the bobbin thread. This procedure aids in the joining of the bottom and top threads.

It also raises a section of the bobbin thread so that you can see it. When the two threads join together as a loop, tug on them and push them to the back of the machine. If the thread still isn’t visible after this step, repeat the steps.


Frequently Asked Questions


Sewing machines, even the best ones, have issues and break down from time to time. There will always be a model with a defect or two, regardless of their brand name or heritage. 


What To Do When Threading Bunches Under The Fabric?


If you’re new at sewing, you’ll quickly find yourself in this frustrating scenario. Check if the upper thread is threaded correctly. You need to ensure that the upper thread creates a straight stitch but the bobbin thread forms loops under the fabric. Re-thread the machine after gently removing the loops under the fabric. 

When threading, spin the handwheel towards yourself to place the needle at the highest point. You should also elevate the presser foot to allow the thread to slip into the thread tension plate.


Woman threading her sewing machine


What To Do When The Upper Thread Breaks?


A broken upper thread indicates that the sewing machine isn’t working correctly. There are several causes for the problem. 

However, they include:

  • Faulty threading
  • Too high thread tension
  • High needle temperature affecting synthetic threads
  • Thick thread
  • Knots in the thread tension plate
  • Incorrectly inserted or damaged needle
  • Thread twisted around the spool holder pin.

The most prevalent causes are improper threading and wrongly placed needles. Remove the thread before re-threading or re-inserting the needle as directed in the instruction manual. 

When threading, ensure the needle is at the highest position, even if the steps vary somewhat across machine models. The thread should go through the thread guide and take up the lever. It then should go through the hook in front of the needle and into the needle eye. Also, it is a good idea to raise the lowest thread.


What To Do When The Lower Thread Breaks?


A poorly threaded/inserted bobbin case and a high tension level cause breakage. If, after checking the machine, you discover that the problem is with the threading of the bobbin case, re-thread it. If it still doesn’t work, yu=ou may have to remove and reinsert the bobbin. 

The bottom thread should come out of the thread side slot. You can also reduce the thread tension to avoid it breaking due to accumulated stress.




Singer is a manufacturer of high-quality, easy-to-operate sewing machines. The stitches are pretty precise, and regardless of some of its intricacies, it is also suitable for novices and will develop alongside you. You won’t encounter any issues when threading a Singer sewing machine when you follow the steps above.


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