The Instructions for Self-Threading a Singer Sewing Machine

Modern sewing machines are often self-threading. While they can ease the strain on eyes during the threading process, they require a bit of adjustment. Once you master the self-threading technique, you can quickly and easily thread the needle on your Singer sewing machine.

Turn the dial, which is called the hand wheel, on the right side of the Singer sewing machine away from your body until the sewing needle reaches its highest position. The machine's presser foot can be in the up or down position.

Wind all-purpose thread through the sewing machine according to the specific model's instructions. Singer sewing machines often have instructions printed on them that show the path the thread must take from the spool to the needle. If instructions do not appear on the machine, locate them in the sewing machine model's manual or in the Product Manuals portion of Singer's website, which is linked in the Resources section.

Pull down the small handle to the left of the sewing needle. That moves the needle threader to the appropriate level. Push the handle of the needle threader away from yourself, bringing a tiny hook through the eye of the needle. The action also moves a small metal piece to each side of the needle.

Hold the thread across the needle from left to right, below the metal pieces on each side of the needle. Pull the end of the thread on the right side up slightly.

Release the handle of the needle threader toward yourself slowly. The tiny hook should catch the thread, pulling it through the eye of the needle to the back. Grab the loop that is now behind the needle, and pull its free end through the eye of the needle.


The needle threader is spring loaded. Allowing it to go back up quickly may result in the hook not pulling the thread through the needle far enough.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose thread
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Sarah Rancuret has been a writer since 2007. She has written, designed and edited for the "Daily Egyptian," the independent student newspaper at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She interned for the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch's" Washington Bureau and has written for the magazines "At Home in Central Illinois," "Central Illinois Business," "Central Illinois Families" and "I Do." Rancuret has a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism.