How to thread a Singer sewing machine

Singer has been the most famous brand for sewing machine and has been in the market for a very long time. The company started its manufacture in 1850, and since then, it has never stopped. The brand has successfully manufactured many ‘first invented machines,’ including the world’s first electronic machines and the zig-zag machine. They have also been recognized to invent the first sewing assistant app for mobile devices and many more. Singer has made sure to dedicate themselves by helping people to express themselves through the craft of sewing. But when we talk about threading a sewing machine, it is not a cup of tea for anyone. This is why we would say that threading a singer sewing machine is not an easy job. It would be best if you thread the machine in a specific way; otherwise, there is a possibility of you ending up with a thread jam in your stitches. There are even chances that you not able to make stitches at all. You can start by getting your sewing machine ready to thread and thread the top portion of your machine. You can then load the bobbin and turn the wheel to catch your thread. Below are the easy steps for threading a singer sewing machine.

Step 1 – Raising the needle and presser foot

For this, first of all, you need to follow these Step 1 instructions for threading a singer sewing machine. 

  • Make sure that the machine is off. Next, locate its power switch and then insert the thread through moving parts of the sewing machine. This step needs to be done very carefully because if the machine is on while you are trying to thread, there is a possibility of your fingers getting seriously injured.
  • Now, you will need to adjust the moving parts manually since you have turned off the machine. Start by turning the wheel on your sewing machine’s right side clockwise to move the needle upwards. You can stop turning after the needle reaches its highest point.
  • After you are done with raising the needle, you have to locate the lever next to the needle base on your machine. You can then push this lever upwards to raise the presser foot. 

Step 2 – Threading the top of the machine

For this step, you need to follow the instructions given below:

  • Start by winding the bobbin. In case you don’t have a pre-wound bobbin, you can wind a bobbin at the same moment. 
  • After you wind the bobbin, try to place a spool of thread onto the spool pin. Ensure that the spool pin is located on the top of your sewing machine. You must place the full spool of thread onto the pin until it locks in place, and you hear or feel it click.
  • Once you are done, around the first thread guide, wrap the thread. You can find the first thread guide at the top of the machine above the needle apparatus. 
  • Now start inserting the end of the thread over and under the second guide. 
  • Next, you’ll have to bring the thread through the threading canal and tension mechanism. Now pull the end of the thread and wrap it around the tension mechanism you find directly at the threading canal’s bottom. 
  • Next, you need to pull the thread up through the other side of the threading canal. You can bring it back up on the other side of the threading canal once you have the thread through the tension mechanism.
  • After this, you have to pull the thread down and through the thread guide above the needle. Once you get to the bottom of the canal, insert the thread through the thread guide located above the needle.
  • And lastly, thread the needle going from the front to the back of the machine. You must keep pulling the thread down towards the eye of the needle. 
  • After you are done, insert the end of the thread through the eye of the needle and pull the end by about 15 cm (6 inches) past the needle’s eye.

Step 3 – The last step is to load the bobbin

Follow the steps given below: 

  • Start by rotating the hand of the wheel clockwise to raise the needle to its highest position. 
  • Then open the bobbin case on the bottom of the machine. The case is located directly beneath the needle on your sewing machine.
  • After this, you can place the bobbin into the case by using the arrows. These arrows are around the case outside that will help you determine which way the thread should go.
  • Next, pull the thread through the slot until 6 inches are through. (This measurement will be enough slack for the bobbin thread to catch and connect with the top thread)
  • And then you can close the bobbin case lid. Once the thread goes through the slot, you can put the lid back onto the bobbin case to secure the bobbin.
  • You can, at last, turn the hand crank clockwise a few times to catch the thread. 

Now even if you follow these steps, there may be times when you’d be stuck at other parts like installation of the top-load bobbin, threading the upper thread. We’ve comprehended these steps a little more further to make it much easier for you.

Extra tip: Installation of top-load bobbin

Top load bobbins are usually easier to install. All you need to do is first press the button that you can find near the bobbin cover at the base of the machine (on the right) to open the cover. Next, remove the cover and drop the bobbin inside it. If you pull the thread, the bobbin will spin in the anti-clockwise direction. 

The next thing you’ll do is pull the end of the thread through the slot at the bottom of the bobbin case and then try to pull it around, making in a U-shape and then under the slit. After you are done, all you need to do is pull behind the presser foot and replace the bobbin case cover. This is when the left tab will go under the base again, and the right side will click back into place.


This guide was specially written for the people who face difficulties while threading a singer sewing machine. All the three steps mentioned above must be followed very carefully and with proper instructions. Also, do not forget to check the manual to avoid any accidents. Now that you’ve learned how to raise the needle, thread the machine and insert the bobbin, it’ll be now more comfortable for you to use the machine.