In this comprehensive guide, we are going to look at how to thread a singer sewing machine. The process is not complicated and once you get the hang of it, it will become quite easy.
The first thing that we need to do is wind the bobbin. To wind a bobbin, you will first need to remove the removable storage compartment box
After removing it, lower the hinge door to reveal the bobbin holder. To remove the bobbin case simply lift out and pull out the bobbin case.
Your machine is designed to use at class 15 transparent bobbin so when you buy them online or down at your store make sure that you get a class 15 transparent bobbin because it’s going to work the best in your machine.
Next we’ll take the spool pin felt (which is included with your accessories) and will place it on the spool pin. Then take the spool of thread and sit it on the spool pin.
After doing this you need to follow the drawings on top of your machine and move along to the left of your machine and it will show you where to wind the thread around the bobbin winding tension disk.
Take your thread and go from the front of the disk around to the back (counterclockwise) making sure the thread goes in between the discs ensuring that there is a slight tension.
With your thread in one hand you will take the class 15 transparent bobbin in the other hand. You will notice on your bobbin there are two holes, one on each side. You will then take your thread through the center of your bobbin and up through one of those holes (it doesn’t matter which one) and then hold the end of the thread with one hand and then place the bobbin on the bobbin winding spindle.
You want to make sure that you snap it all the way down in place.
Next slide the bobbin itself to the right while still holding to the thread tail. The next thing to do is press on the foot control and let the thread go round the bobbin a few times while still holding to the thread tail. Pause for a moment and then take a scissor and cut the thread tail as close down to the bobbin as you can.
Now you can push down on the foot pedal again and wind the rest of the bobbin. You can stop the bobbin winding whenever you think you have enough thread for your project or you can let it
go until it completely fills up.
Once you wind to your satisfaction, you will need to remove the bobbin. This you do by sliding the spindle to the left. Take a scissors and cut the thread.
Now the bobbin is wound. What you need to do next is place the bobbin into the bobbin case but before you do that you will have to make sure that the thread has been spun in the right direction on the bobbin.
How you do this is to look at the bobbin thread and ensure that it is coming from the top of your bobbin and rotating the bobbin in a clockwise manner when you pull the thread.
Make sure that the bobbin is moving in a clockwise direction and if it isn’t the bobbin hasn’t been threaded correctly and your machine won’t sew properly so you really really need to make sure that your bobbin is always rotating clockwise when pulling at the thread.
Now you can drop the bobbin into the bobbin case. To thread the bobbin case, you are going to take the thread over to the metal slot right on the side of the case. Then take it down and behind the metal tab until it snaps into place and the large opening on the side of your bobbin case.
After doing this, lift the latch on the back of your bobbin case and have the prong finger pointed upwards (or north) or toward 12 o’clock position.
Then take and put the bobbin case into the bobbin holder with the prong finger facing north. Make sure that its secured firmly and not falling out or moving to the right or to the left.
Next, close the hinge door making sure that the thread doesn’t get caught in the sides.
Before you thread the upper thread there are two things that you need to remember:-
1. You need to make sure the take-up lever is in its highest position. You do this by turning the hand wheel toward you until the take up lever is in its highest position
2. You also need to make sure that the presser foot is lifted up.
After ensuring this, you can now take the spool pin felt and place it on the spool pin then take the sewing thread and place it on the spool pin. Next use the thread guide and follow the direction of the arrow that guides you on how to take the thread from the right side of our machine toward the left and across.
Depending on the model you are using, there will be another drawing at the top of your machine that shows you where the thread needs to go. In this photo below, it tells you to take it to the back side of the machine and then through that hook toward the front.
In this photo, we are then going to take the thread down through the groove and you will follow the arrows and go down and then make a u-turn and back up.
After that, the right of your take-up lever so to the right of our take-up lever all the way to the back and then you’ll go to the left side (see in the picture how the arrow tells us to do that) and then pull the thread forward and as you do that the thread will drop into the eye of the take-up lever.
Coming down from our take-up lever you will see a small hook right above the needle you’ll take your thread and go behind the hook.
Taking your thread, you want to thread it through the eye of your needle. Now that you’ve threaded the eye of our needle, you want to make sure that our thread is to the back of our needle and on top of the presser foot. The presser foot is lifted high so now you need to bring the bobbin thread up.
To do that you want to gently hold the thread in your left hand and then using your right hand turn the wheel towards you. The needle will go down and then all the way back up and now you can gently pull on the thread with your left hand and you can see the loop which is your bobbin thread.
What you do next is pull the bobbin thread through and take both threads underneath our presser foot into the back of your machine.
Before start sewing, you wan to test to make sure that you have threaded your machine properly. Take a little bit of scrap fabric, choose a stitch (in this screenshot we are using a medium straight stitch).
Take your piece of fabric and place it underneath the presser foot and then using our presser foot lifter in the back , lower the presser foot down. Press down on the foot control and sew for a few seconds.
After stitching for a few seconds, lift your presser foot. If you notice that the needle is still down in your my fabric, raise the needle to its highest position before your next stitch. To lift up the needle turn the hand wheel toward you (counterclockwise).
This is a really important step. Be sure to never turn the hand wheel backwards otherwise your machine will jam the next time you start to sew so remember always turn it towards you
Now that the needle is raised to the highest position, using the hand wheel, take out the fabric (there is a small cutter on the side of your machine to enable you cut the thread)
Look at your stitch to see if the machine has threaded properly. Make sure the top and the bottom threads look good.
See the picture below. On the top side it looks ok but on the bottom side it looks messy. Naturally one may think this is an issue with the bobbin thread but most likely it means that the upper thread isn’t threaded properly so at this point it would be a good idea to grab your cheat sheet or your quick start guide and re-thread your upper thread.