How to thread a Singer 348 Sewing Machine

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In this article, you would learn how to thread a  singer sewing 348 machine. Singer sewing machines have to be threaded in a specific way. Otherwise, you may end up with a thread jam in your stitches, or you may not be able to make stitches at all! Start by getting your sewing machine ready to thread. Then, thread the top portion of your machine. After that, load the bobbin and turn the wheel to catch your thread!


Why is it called Singer Sewing Machine

Since 1851, the name SINGER® has been synonymous with sewing. This was the year of Isaac Singer’s patent on the first practical sewing machine, making the official beginning of SINGER as a company and its leadership in the industry. The spirit of practical design and creative innovation that characterized the company at its beginning continues today as we develop products for every level of sewing.

SINGER has celebrated many firsts, including the world’s first zigzag machine, the first electronic machines, the first sewing assistant app for mobile devices, and much more. From fashions to home decor, embroidery and quilting and more, SINGER is dedicated to helping people express themselves through the craft of sewing.

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Timeline for singer sewing machine

1850: Isaac Merritt Singer invents the world’s first practical sewing machine.

1851: Patent issued for the first SINGER brand Sewing Machine on August 12, 1851.

1855: The SINGER brand is awarded the first prize at the World’s Fair in Paris, France. That same year, SINGER becomes the largest selling brand of sewing machines internationally.

1858: SINGER brand introduces the first lightweight domestic machine, the Grasshopper™.

1865: SINGER brand delivers the “New Family” Sewing Machine. US Civil War Ends.

1870: SINGER Brand Red “S” girl trademark makes her debut. Her trademark is produced in several languages, becoming one of the most recognized trademarks in the world.

1889: SINGER brand introduces the first practical electric sewing machine

1890: SINGER brand reaches 90% market share globally.

1921: SINGER brand introduces the Portable Electric™ machine, an electric motor-powered model.

1929: Overall American sales of sewing machines drop. SINGER brand attributes this to the Flapper social trend, featuring emancipated women who were moving away from traditional homemaker role.

1933: The Featherweight™ 221 sewing machine is introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair. This machine stays in production for over 30 years and remains as an iconic image of the SINGER brand.

1939-1945: SINGER brand ceases development of sewing machines to focus on producing war time goods.

1951: SINGER brand’s 600 sewing centers have trained an estimated 400,000 housewives.

1952: SINGER brand introduces its the Slant-o-Matic™, the first zigzag machine.


1975: SINGER brand introduces the world’s first electronic sewing machine, the Athena 2000.

1978: SINGER brand introduces the Touchtronic™ 2001 machine, the world’s first computer-controlled machine.

1985: SINGER brand introduces an entirely new line of state-of the-art sewing machines with models designed to meet individual needs and budgets including innovations for stitch patterns monograms and embroidery.

2001: SINGER brand celebrates its 150th Anniversary. Launches the world’s most advanced home sewing and embroidery machine: the Quantum XL-5000 machine, with one of the most powerful and user-friendly systems on the market.

2005: SINGER brand introduces Futura™ machine, the most affordable computer-enabled embroidery machine in the market.

2007: Introduces Inspiration machine, an iconic new entry-level machine using modern advancement to accentuate ease and simplicity.

2010: Launches 2nd generation of the Futura™ sewing and embroidery machine, the XL 400.

2011: The SINGER brand celebrates its 160th Anniversary, marked by the issued patent of the first SINGER Sewing Machine on August 12, 1851.

2015: Launch of the new machine line with modern features and iconic SINGER body design.

2017: SINGER launches world’s first Sewing Assistant App for sewing help on the go.

How to Thread a Singer 348 Sewing Machine

STEP ONE: wind the bobbin before you thread the top part of your machine. If you don’t have a pre-wound bobbin already, wind a bobbin now. Place a spool of thread onto the spool pin and move the bobbin winder pin to the far left. Insert the end of the thread through the hole in the rim of the bobbin and place the bobbin onto the winder pin. Push the bobbin pin back to the right. Then, apply gentle pressure to the pedal to begin winding the bobbin. Continue to apply pressure to the pedal until the bobbin is wound and thread is nearly even with the rim of the bobbin.

STEP TWO: place a spool of thread onto the spool pin. The spool pin should be located on the top of your sewing machine. Place a full spool of thread onto the pin until it locks in place. You should hear or feel it click. If your sewing machine has a horizontal spool pin, then you will also need to place a cap on top of the pin to hold the spool in place. It does not matter what direction the thread is going when you place it onto the spool pin.

STEP THREE: wrap thread around the first thread guide. The first thread guide will be on the top of the machine above the needle apparatus. If you have the manual to your machine, look at the chart that indicates the function of each of the parts to locate this guide. Grasp the end of the thread on the spool and pull it across the top of the sewing machine to the first thread guide. Bring the thread through the slot under the thread guide. Wrap the end over the top of the thread guide and then wrap it around to the right side of the guide. As long as the thread is going through the guide and out on the right side, it should be fine.

STEP FOUR: Insert the end of the thread under and over the second guide. The second thread guide will be next to the first thread guide. Use your instruction manual to locate it if possible. Go into the guide from the right underside of it. Then, bring the end of the thread over the top of the guide. After you do this, grasp the thread on either side of the thread guide and move the thread to the end of the guide. Make sure the thread is completely through the guide. If you’re ever unsure of what to do, read through the instruction manual.


STEP FIVE: bring the thread through the threading canal and tension mechanism. Next, pull the end of the thread and wrap it around the tension mechanism, which is directly at the bottom of the threading canal. The threading canal is a grooved area on the side of your sewing machine. Bring the thread through the canal and around the bottom of the canal to go through the tension mechanism. Make sure that the thread is straight and taut in the threading canal. Be patient with yourself as you try to thread your machine. It may take a few tries.

STEP SIX: pull the thread up through the other side of the threading canal. When you have the thread through the tension mechanism, bring it back up on the other side of the threading canal. Then, bring the thread over the take up lever at the top of the canal. The take-up lever also helps to control the tension on your machine.

STEP SEVEN: pull the thread down and through the thread guide above the needle. Next, bring the end of the thread back down through the last part of the threading canal. When you get to the bottom of the canal, insert the thread through the thread guide that is located above the needle. This guide should be right where the blunt end of the needle is attached to your sewing machine.

STEP EIGHT: thread the needle going from the front to the back of the machine. Keep pulling the thread down towards the eye of the needle. Then, insert the end of the thread through the eye of the needle and pull the end through by about 6 inches (15 cm) past the eye of the needle.

  • If the end of the thread is frayed, cut about 0.5 in (1.3 cm) from the end. This should make it easier to thread the needle. You can also stiffen the end of the thread using water, saliva, or beeswax to make it easier to thread your needle.

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