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This is How You Thread a Singer Sewing Machine


Threading your sewing machineA Singer sewing machine is the mechanical equivalent of a needle and thread.

That said, you have to thread your sewing machine, just as you would have to thread a needle, each and every time you use it. For the most part, this process is very straightforward.

This article will present several easy to follow steps that will help guide you through this process.

While it may seem a complicated process the first couple of times, you will quickly become a natural, able to thread your machine blindfolded with one arm tied behind your back!

Step 1: Identify the type of machine you have

Singer sewing machines, while offering a wide range of models and options, have two main types of machine with regard to thread—a single-part thread guide and a two-part thread guide.

The single-part thread guide consists of single piece, usually metal, found at the top of your machine.

The two-part thread guide, as you would expect, consists of two pieces—a long plastic piece, and a shorter metal piece, also located at the top of your machine. Knowing what machine you have determines the way you thread it.

Step 2: Turn off and unplug your machine

Your sewing machine, like any machine, deserves the utmost respect.

It can cause serious harm if it turns on while you are performing this procedure. Thus, always turn all switches off and unplug the machine before you begin.

Step 3: Raise the needle

Raise the needle of your machine to the highest position. This is done by turning the hand wheel toward you until the needle is at its highest point.

Step 4: Lift the presser foot

The presser foot is the piece that holds the material down while sewing. Lift the presser foot using the lever to the side. Raise the foot enough to allow access underneath.

Step 5: Insert thread

Place a spool of thread on the thread spindle, being sure to secure it with the cap in the case of a horizontal thread spindle.

In the case of a vertical thread spindle, no cap is required.

Step 6: Thread the guide

This is where it is important to know what kind of machine you have.

In the case of a single-part thread guide, simply pull the thread through the guide. Hold the thread to the left of the guide and thread it under the hook, into the tiny hole.

In the case of a two-part thread guide, put the thread through first the lower, then the upper slot of the first guide piece.

Bring the thread around to the right and pull through. Next, bring the thread to the second guide piece. Bringing the thread from the right, push it under the guide, then snap the guide into place.

Step 7: Thread the tension mechanism

Pull the thread around the tension mechanism, feeding it through the thread channel, until it reaches the tension discs.

Step 8: Thread the take-up lever

Feed the thread to the take-up lever eye. Pull it under the hook, feeding it into the eye which will secure it into place.

Step 9: Thread the needle guide

Next, feed the thread through the guide over the needle. This guide is a tiny hook that maintains thread tension.

Step 10: Thread the needle

Finally, thread the needle, bringing the thread from the front of the needle to the back of the needle.

Step 11: Feed the thread through

The last step is to feed the thread through. Lower the needle, turning the hand wheel toward you, and pull the thread through the needle, creating a tail of thread a couple of inches in length.

Next, raise the needle to its highest point, holding the thread tail as it rises. The bobbin loop will rise with the needle. Take both pieces of thread and pull under the pressure foot.


These 11 steps are the basics of how to thread any Singer sewing machine.

Needless to say, the pictures in the manufacturer’s manual will help make the process easier to follow and understand.

Once you get the hang of it, however, then your sewing adventures can truly begin!


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