How to Set Up a Singer Sewing Machine – 10 Simple Steps

Singer is a brand of sewing machines that are known for their quality and durability. They are affordable, easy to use, and come in many different sizes.

Follow these instructions step by step to ensure that you are setting up your sewing machine correctly. You can refer to the user’s manual of your sewing machine for more details on how to set it up.

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How to Set Up a Singer Sewing Machine

Unboxing your sewing machine

The first step is removing all of the parts from their packaging and reading through the booklet that came with your sewing machine on how to put it together.

This will ensure that everything was included in the box when you purchased it and give you an idea of what all of these pieces do.

Attaching the foot pedal

Next, assemble the foot pedal by attaching its base onto one end of the metal rod that protrudes from under where you’ll be sitting while using your new sewing machine. Next, attach the other end of that metal rod to the base of your sewing machine.

Tight the bobbin holder

Secure the bobbin holder to the top of the main housing with a screwdriver, making sure it’s tight enough to stay in place properly but not too tight as to cause problems when putting it back together again. If there are any loose parts at this point, they will most likely be in the bobbin holder.

Attach the arm

Next, attach the arm of the foot pedal onto the metal rod coming from your sewing machine’s base and make sure it is tight enough to stay but isn’t too tight to cause problems when putting it back together again.

Loading the needle

Next, you will need to load the needle. There are two types of sewing machines: manual machines and electric machines. Manual machines have a loop in the needle threader, while electric machines insert a foot pedal for this step.

For a manual machine, place one hand under the needle and pull up on the bobbin case which will also pull up on the spool of thread that’s connected to it. This way, when you release your hand from under the needle it will automatically get threaded with no problems.

For an electric machine that has a foot pedal, you will need to use your foot to activate the pedal while simultaneously opening the small door on top of your machine’s needle hole (where you put your material) with your fingers.

When you are finished loading the needle, close that small door on top of the needle hole with your fingers so it stays nice and neat-looking.

If you have an electric sewing machine, this is where you will plug your power cord into a nearby outlet or surge protector so your machine can be powered on later.

Winding the bobbin

you’ll need to first remove the spool cap and the spool pin.

Next, take the empty bobbin and place it on the spool pin, making sure that the thread goes around the bobbin in the direction shown by the arrow.

Then, hold onto the spool cap and turn the machine on to a medium speed.

The machine will start winding the bobbin for you. When it’s done, remove the bobbin and replace the spool cap and spool pin.

Installing Bobbin

To install the bobbin on a Singer sewing machine

First, make sure that the power is off and the needle is in the down position.

Next, open the bobbin cover by rotating the knob on the front of the machine.

Then, place the bobbin on the spindle and make sure that the thread is going in the correct direction.

Finally, close the bobbin cover and press down on it to make sure that it’s locked into place.

Threading the Needle

Now that your sewing machine is put together, you will need to thread it. There are two ways to do this depending on if you have a manual machine or an electric one.

For a manual machine, pull the top of the thread spool up with one hand and the thread on the bottom of it up with your other hand.

Keep doing this until you have more than four inches of thread pulling off of the spool, then pull that thread through the top of your sewing machine’s needle hole (the threaded end should be pointed downward).

For an electric version, similarly, pull on both threads at once to make sure you have enough thread for your first stitch.

Turn on the sewing machine

Now, your machine is ready to use.

To turn it on, plug the power cord into a nearby outlet or surge protector.

Adjusting the tension

The sewing machine has settings for the tension of the thread. There are two different adjustment screws on your machine. One is for the upper thread and one is for the bobbin thread.

If the stitches on your material are looking a bit too tight or too loose, you can adjust the machine’s tension by turning the tension knob. Clockwise makes the stitches tighter and counterclockwise loosens them.

Selecting stitches

To select the stitch you want to use on your Singer sewing machine, simply turn the selector knob to the desired stitch number. You can find a complete list of the different stitches available on your machine in your Owner’s Manual.

Start Sewing

To start sewing, place the material over the foot pedal and press down on it with your hand until you hear a click.

Then, slowly begin to lower the needle into the material by pulling back slightly on the handwheel (counter-clockwise) and then letting it go in a clockwise direction.

After that, all you need to do is continue stitching until you’re done.

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