How To Put Thread In Sewing Machine Singer

Setting Up the Sewing Machine

For anyone who is thinking of putting thread in a Singer sewing machine, they need to make sure they are properly setting up the machine. This includes making sure the tension is set correctly. If the tension is too tight, it can cause the thread to break easily, whereas if it is too loose, the thread may not form strong enough stitches. After the tension is set, the presser foot needs to be raised and the bobbin area should be cleared.

Threading the Bobbin

Threading the bobbin is the first step in putting thread in a Singer sewing machine. Start by unspooling a few inches of thread from the main spool and then feed it through a tension guide on the top of the machine. Then, turn the hand wheel toward you to bring the needle up to its highest position. Following this, take the thread and feed it through the bobbin winder, placing the thread through the slit at the back of the bobbin holder.
Next, move the thread to the right in the bobbin holder and then place the bobbin inside. Finally, thread the tension guide and bring the bobbin thread up.

Threading the Needle

After the bobbin is correctly threaded, the needle can be threaded. First, release the presser foot and raise the needle to its highest position. After this, unspool a few inches of thread and place it under the right-hand thread tension guide. From here, take the thread over the left-hand side of the needle and then pull it back under the right-hand side. Finally, pull the thread to loosely wrap it around the needle.

Fitting the Needle

Now that the needle is correctly threaded, the needle must be correctly fitted. For this, the presser foot should be raised and the needle clamp can be loosened. Then, slide the needle up into the needle clamp and tighten it, making sure the flat side of the needle is placed against the back of the clamp.

Inserting the Spool

Following the fitting of the needle, the spool pin should be loosened and the spool of thread should be placed on the spool holder. The spool should fit snugly, so be sure to secure it tightly enough so it can stay in place. From here, thread the tension guide on the top of the machine and then feed the thread around the thread divider and to the right-hand side tension guide. Finally, release the presser foot and thread the needle, taking the thread under the left-hand side of the needle and then pulling it back up through from the right.

Tension Settings

Once the needle and spool have been accurately threaded and fitted, the tension settings should be tested. The best way to do this is by sewing several stitches on an empty piece of fabric and then checking to see if the stitches are strung out or looped. If they are looped, the tension should be increased; if they are strung out, the tension needs to be decreased.

Stitching Fabric

With the tension now set, stitching fabric can commence. This will vary depending on the types of fabrics being used and the type of stitches required, such as straight stitches, zigzag stitches, or buttonhole stitches. To start the stitching process efficiently, make sure the needle is at its highest position and the presser foot is down before starting to sew.

Fabric Care and Maintenance

Once you’re done putting thread in a Singer sewing machine, make sure to take care of both the machine and the fabric. Singer sewing machines require minimal maintenance and will last for a long time if given regular oiling. Additionally, fabrics should be washed and rolled up in a towel to remove any creases or clogged threads before being used for greater sturdiness and efficiency in stitching.

Topstitching Techniques

Topstitching is a specialized type of stitching that can be used to finish and secure fabrics. This stitch binds two fabrics together and typically looks great on garments, giving it a neat and structured look. To execute topstitching, the presser foot should be raised to expose the crosswise slots and place the thread in the rear slot. After this, guiding the fabric with one hand, line up the presser foot with the fabric with the other, and then lower the presser foot.


If you’re creating clothing with buttons, then buttonholes are essential. The process for creating a buttonhole is mostly the same as with any other piece of fabric, however thread tension may need to be adjusted slightly.
Moreover, when it comes to buttonholes, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the range of buttonhole stitches available on the sewing machine, as different stitch types provide different levels of strength and security. Additionally, having some extra thread around the buttonhole helps give the garment a better overall finish.

Edge Finishing

Edge finishing is a great way to give garments a neat and professional look. It can be done by using an overlock foot, an ultrasonic sealer, or simply using a zigzag stitch. If using a zigzag stitch, the stitch should be applied close to the edge, making sure that needle is as close to the fabric as possible, in order to form a secure stitch.


For those looking to make their garments appear even more unique and creative, adding embellishments is a great way to do so. Embellishments can include anything from sequins and beads to patches, lace, and appliqués. Embellishments can spice up any garment, and when properly applied, can make the garment look truly one of a kind.

Machine Cleaning

It’s important to ensure proper cleaning of the machine following each use. After unplugging the machine, dust the machine off, empty the bobbin and the needle, and then clean the bobbin area with a lint brush. Cleaning the machine helps ensure that it remains in good condition for years to come and can help curtain any unnecessary problems during the setup of the machine for threading.

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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