How To Put Thread In Needle Singer Sewing Machine

Threading the Needle

When tackling a complex Singer sewing machine project, you’ve made a great decision by doing your research upfront. Knowing how to thread a needle with a Singer sewing machine is vital to get your project done right. Believe it or not, this skill can also help save you from developing a severe case of frustration.

Choose the Right Thread and Needle

When using a Singer sewing machine, thread selection is key to ensure that the stitching result is satisfactory. Threads come in all sizes and types, each one designed for a specific type of fabric produced with a particular Singer sewing machine stitch. Once you have chosen the right thread, you need to make sure that the corresponding needle is being used as well.

Position the Thread Spool and Thread Guide Bar

After your thread selection is complete, it’s time to take care of the thread spool. The position of the thread spool is critical when threading the needle. Position the spool on the thread guide bar and make sure it is secured by tightening the knob on the side.

Pass the Thread behind the Needle

Carefully reach for the thread, and hold it in your hand so that you can reach behind the needle to pass the thread. When pulling the thread behind the needle, avoid pushing the needle too much, or else you could get a stitch loop instead of a complete stitch. After passing it behind the needle, hold on to the thread and let go of the trapezoid threading handle.

Guide the Thread Through the Needle Eye

Now, it is time to guide the thread through the needle eye. To do this, hold the thread and make small clockwise circles with the needle by turning the hand wheel located at the side of the machine. During this process, the thread should naturally be pulled upwards and through the eye of the needle.

Pull the Thread through the Needle Eye

Once the thread has been pulled through the needle eye, you should make sure that the needle is in its resting position. This will prevent any unwanted movement or unthreading when you are sewing or quilting. To pull the thread through, gently hold the thread with one hand and the needle with the other. Make sure to pull the thread firmly but carefully so that it does not tear or break.

Secure the Thread in the Needle Eye

Now that the thread has been pulled through the needle eye, it is time to secure it in place. To do this, hold the thread gently against the needle and carefully turn the hand wheel clockwise. This will make sure the thread is securely in place and that there is no slipping or unthreading when sewing the project.

Threading the Bobbin

The last step of threading the needle of the Singer sewing machine is threading the bobbin. To do this, first you need to open the compartment cover located on the side of the machine. Insert the bobbin in the appropriate slot and make sure it is properly secured so that there is no wobbling or ringing noise coming from the bobbin area.

Correct Bobbin Insertion

When inserting the bobbin, always make sure to insert it in the correct orientation. Make sure that the bobbin is turned to the left and always double-check the orientation before securing the bobbin into the slot. Otherwise, the thread may fail to pick up the bobbin or the thread will be tangled when pulling the bobbin thread.

Adjust the Bobbin Thread Tension

After the bobbin has been inserted properly, it is time to adjust the thread tension. To do this, simply rotate the tension disc at the top of the bobbin case until the bobbin thread tension is correct. Be sure not to rotate the tension disc too much, otherwise the bobbin thread may be too tight and withstanding the fabric when sewing the project.

Secure Bobbin Cover

Now that the bobbin tension is adjusted, it is time to secure the bobbin cover. To do this, simply insert the bobbin cover and turn it clockwise until it clicks into place. Make sure that the bobbin cover is properly secured before starting the sewing process.

Threading the Needle in Reverse

Another important step to thread a needle with the Singer sewing machine is to thread the needle in reverse. To do this, simply raise the presser foot and loosen the needle screw. Turn the stitching wheel counterclockwise so that the needle is lowered, then pass the thread underneath the needle. Once the thread is secured, turn the needle clockwise, tighten the needle screw and lower the presser foot.


Threading a needle on a Singer sewing machine is relatively straight forward. By following the steps outlined above, you will be able to successfully thread a needle, insert the bobbin, and adjust the tension levels of the thread. With proper preparation and these tips in mind, you will be well on your way to tackling any Singer sewing machine project.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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