Steps on Inserting Thread Into a 1953 Singer Sewing Machine

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Steps on Inserting Thread Into a 1953 Singer Sewing Machine
Thread your vintage Singer sewing machine. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Singer had approximately 20 different models of sewing machines available in 1953. One was the first zigzag machine made by Singer, the 206, and another was the 221 model. Most machines followed the same threading and sewing patterns, with the exception of industrial machines that sometimes featured a knee pedal. All the machines produced in 1953 were manufactured in Elizabeth, New Jersey or Clydebank, Scotland. If you are not certain of your model number, Singer provides a range of information on the machines by model number.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Place the spool of thread on the spool pin located near the top right of the machine. Pull the thread left through the thread guide.

  2. 2

    Pull the thread toward the bottom of the machine, under from the right side and back up toward the left side of the tension discs. The tension discs are located behind the tension dial.

  3. 3

    Hold the spool in place on the spool pin with your right hand and pull the thread up against the take-up spring with your left hand until it reaches the fork. The take-up spring is a small hooklike structure on the upper left of the tension dial.

  4. 4

    Bring the thread up and to the back of the thread guide. The thread guide is the thin metal bar just above the tension wheel.

  5. 5

    Pass the thread from the right to the left through the hole of the take-up lever. The take-up lever is the moving arm protruding from inside the top left of the machine.

  6. 6

    Bring the thread back down and pass it through the eyelet located just to the left of the tension wheel, then through the wire thread guide just above the needle mechanism.

  7. 7

    Guide the thread into the needle clamp near the top of the needle mechanism, then from right to left through the eye of the needle. Pull a minimum of 2 inches of thread toward the back of the machine.

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