For Beginners: How to Thread SINGER SM024 Sewing Machine Without Hassle

Welcome to the exciting world of sewing with the SINGER SM024! This machine is a fantastic choice for anyone who’s starting in sewing, as well as for those who have been stitching for years.

Today, we’re going to focus on a really important part of using your sewing machine: Learning how to thread the SINGER SM024.

For Beginners: How to Thread SINGER SM024 Sewing Machine Without Hassle
Photo: Singer

You might be thinking, “Threading a sewing machine sounds complicated.” But don’t worry! With a little guidance and some practice, you’ll find it’s pretty easy and satisfying. We’ll walk you through every step, from setting up where you’re going to sew, picking the best sewing machine thread for your project, winding the bobbin (that’s the small spool of thread that goes underneath the needle), and getting the thread through all the right spots in the top part of your machine.

We’ll also talk about some common issues people run into when they’re threading their machines, like how to make sure your stitches look just right (not too loose or too tight), what to do if your thread keeps breaking, and how to fix it if your machine is missing stitches.

By the end of this guide, you’ll have a solid understanding of these basic but important parts of sewing. Whether you’re making something simple like a pillowcase or something more complex, these skills are the foundation of all your sewing projects.

So, let’s get started! Grab your thread, set up your SINGER SM024, and join us on this sewing adventure. We’re here to make sure your journey is smooth, fun, and full of learning. With the SINGER SM024, you’re not just sewing – you’re bringing your creative ideas to life, one stitch at a time.

Understanding Your SINGER SM024

Before we dive into threading, let’s get acquainted with your SINGER SM024. This machine is known for its durability and ease of use, making it a popular choice for beginners and seasoned sewers alike.

Familiarize yourself with its parts – the spool pin, bobbin winder, thread guide, needle, and presser foot. Understanding these components will make the threading process much smoother. You can read more about our Singer SM024 Sewing Machine Reviews for a better understanding of SINGER SM024.

How to Thread SINGER SM024 Sewing Machine

Let’s delve into the details of threading your SINGER SM024 sewing machine, ensuring we use simple, easy-to-understand language for smooth reading.

Preparing to Thread Your Machine

Setting Up Your Workspace

  • Choose a Comfortable Area: Select a spot that’s comfortable and has good lighting. Adequate lighting is crucial for seeing small details when threading your machine.
  • Gather Your Accessories: Make sure you have everything you need within reach. This includes your thread, a bobbin, scissors for cutting thread, and the SINGER SM024 manual for reference.

Choosing the Right Thread

  • Select High-Quality Thread: Opt for a good-quality thread to prevent issues like thread breakage or excessive lint, which can affect your machine’s performance.
  • Color Match: Choose a thread color that matches your fabric. This ensures that your stitches blend seamlessly with your material, making your sewing project look more professional.

Winding the Bobbin

  • Position the Thread: Place your thread spool on the spool pin located at the top of your machine.
  • Follow the Guide: Your SINGER SM024 manual will have specific instructions on how to wind the bobbin. It typically involves passing the thread through a bobbin winder tension disc and then to the bobbin.
  • Wind Evenly: When winding the bobbin, make sure it’s wound evenly and not too tightly. This ensures a smooth flow of thread when you’re sewing.

Threading the SINGER SM024

1. Upper Threading

  • Release Tension: Start by lifting the presser foot. This action releases the tension on the thread tension discs, making it easier to thread the machine.
  • Thread Placement: Put your thread spool on the spool pin. Ensure it’s positioned correctly so that the thread unwinds smoothly as you sew.
  • Follow the Path: Your SINGER SM024 has a numbered path that shows you exactly where to guide your thread. This usually involves leading the thread through various hooks and tension discs.
  • Automatic Needle Threader: If threading the needle seems tricky, use the automatic needle threader if your machine has one. It’s a handy tool that simplifies getting the thread through the needle’s eye.
SINGER SM024 Using automatic needle threader
Automatic Needle Threader; Photo: Singer

2. Inserting the Bobbin

  • Bobbin Cover: Start by removing the bobbin cover. This will expose the bobbin case where your wound bobbin will go.
  • Correct Bobbin Placement: Place the bobbin in the case, ensuring the thread unwinds in the right direction (refer to your manual for the correct direction).
  • Thread Path: Lead the thread through the bobbin case’s threading path. There might be a small notch or a guide to help with this.

3. Drawing Up the Bobbin Thread

SINGER SM024 Winding the bobbin
Winding the bobbin
  • Upper Thread Handling: Hold the end of the upper thread gently but firmly.
  • Using the Handwheel: Turn the handwheel towards you (usually counterclockwise) to lower the needle and then raise it back up. This action catches the bobbin thread.
  • Bringing Up the Bobbin Thread: As you lift the needle, gently tug on the upper thread. This will bring the bobbin thread up through the needle plate. You’ll see a small loop of the bobbin thread, which you can pull out.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully threaded your SINGER SM024 sewing machine.

Remember, the key to successful threading is patience and practice. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it right. Once you’re comfortable with these steps, you’ll find that threading your machine becomes a quick and easy part of your sewing routine.

Common Threading Challenges and Solutions

Thread Tension Issues

  • Adjust the Tension Dial: If your stitches are either too loose or too tight, the issue often lies with the tension. Adjust the tension dial on your machine. It’s usually numbered, with higher numbers for tighter tension.
  • Test on Scrap Fabric: Always test your tension adjustments on a scrap piece of fabric. This way, you can see how the stitches are forming without affecting your main project.

Thread Breaking

  • Check Threading: If your thread keeps breaking, recheck your threading. Sometimes the thread may not be properly seated in the tension discs.
  • Quality of Thread: Make sure your thread isn’t too old or of poor quality. Old or low-quality thread can be weak and prone to breaking.

Skipping Stitches

  • Re-thread Your Machine: If your machine is skipping stitches, the first step is to re-thread your machine. This can solve many stitching issues.
  • Check the Needle: Ensure that your needle is properly inserted, with the flat side facing the correct direction (usually towards the back). Also, check if the needle is blunt or bent – if so, replace it.

Tips for Hassle-Free Threading

  • Presser Foot Up: Always thread your machine with the presser foot in the raised position. This opens up the tension discs, making them easier to thread.
  • Use the Thread Guide: Follow the thread guides on your machine. They are designed to ensure the thread is correctly positioned for optimal sewing.
  • Regular Cleaning: Keep your machine clean. Regular maintenance, such as dusting and oiling (if recommended in your manual), keeps the machine running smoothly and prevents many threading issues.

Practice Projects for Beginners

Simple Pillowcase

  • Straight Stitches Practice: A pillowcase is an excellent project for beginners. It mainly involves straight stitches, which are fundamental in sewing.
  • Threading and Tension: This project allows you to focus on mastering threading and making tension adjustments, as these are crucial for even and neat stitches.

Tote Bag

  • Adding Complexity: Once comfortable with a pillowcase, a tote bag is a great next project. It introduces new elements like lining and handles.
  • Consistent Threading for Longer Projects: Tote bags require more sewing than pillowcases, giving you the chance to practice threading your machine for projects that take a bit longer to complete.

By tackling these common issues and practicing with simple projects, you’ll gain confidence and skill in using your SINGER SM024 sewing machine. Remember, patience and practice are key.


Congratulations on taking the first steps in your sewing journey with the SINGER SM024 sewing machine! By following the detailed steps and advice provided, you’re now equipped to thread your machine with confidence and tackle some of the common challenges that beginners face.

Remember, mastering the art of threading and understanding the nuances of tension adjustments, thread quality, and needle condition are integral to your sewing success. Your journey might have its share of thread breaks or uneven stitches, but these are all part of the learning process. Each challenge you overcome enhances your skills and understanding of the machine.

As you progress, keep in mind the tips for hassle-free threading: always thread with the presser foot up, follow the thread guides, and maintain your machine regularly. These practices not only make threading easier but also ensure the longevity and optimal performance of your SINGER SM024.

Starting with simple projects like a pillowcase or a tote bag allows you to practice and refine your skills. As you become more comfortable with threading and sewing, you can gradually move on to more complex projects, expanding your creative horizons.

Above all, enjoy the process of learning and creating. Sewing is not just about the end product; it’s about the joy and satisfaction that comes from making something with your own hands. With your SINGER SM024, a world of fabric, color, and creativity awaits you.