Threading the ITP Singer 534 Stylist




Introduction: Threading the ITP Singer 534 Stylist

We've added a classic singer 534 to the shop so y'all beginners don't have to wrestle with the Juki. Here is a guide on how to thread it.

P.S. the pressure foot should be up before you start!

Step 1: Place the Thread on the Spool Pin (over the Felt)

Notice that the tread is coming out underhanded, i.e. down the right side and across the bottom

Step 2: Work It Throught the Tension System

This one is the trickiest. Slide it into the silver hook from the top (picture 1) and then down around and up the metal latch on the right hand side of the tension knob, laying the thread on the right hand side of the knob (picture 2). Then lay the thread down on the left hand side... pulling down the springy silver loop as you go and hooking the thread under the other metal latch on the left hand side. Release the tension a little and you will see the spring pop up again. (pictures 3 thru 5)

Step 3: Slip Down Past the Clip and Up Into the Lever Arm...

The lever arm should be in it's highest position. You can get it there by turning the hand wheel on the right hand side of the machine. You don't need to thread the lever arm, it is built like a hair pin with the opening in the back, almost inside the machine.

Step 4: Now Bring It Throught the Last Couple of Guides And... Through the Needle!

There are two more before you can thread the needle itself... the first one lets the thread in from the right, the second in from the left... then the thread goes into the needle from front to back



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    18 Discussions

    My Mother passed away and I got her sewing machine. Unfortunately, it's missing the most fundamental part....the spool pin??? Don't I need something other than the stick that the thread sits on? Please help me. I've been alternating between crying for my Mom and our sewing sessions and being angry with a family member's careless packing. Since I can only control me, I'm searching for the missing parts related to the spool pin. Everything else seems to be working.

    I found this Singer 534 Stylist on Varagesale for $35 included with the cabinet!!! So excited!!!

    Best. Sewing. Day. Ever now that I am threading the machine correctly! Thank you!!

    I'm BAMBOZZLED , could a Kind Hearted person tell me, What I do with the thread from the Bottom spoil! do I try to thread it threw that TINY OHH so Tiny hole in the same needle as the other?????

    I have this machine for some years now, I think I got this in 1978.
    It is used to sew everything from jeans to motorcycle seat covers and leather.
    I posted a copy of the manual on the web site SCRIBD.COM
    Look up Singer 534 stylist manual, you will need to upload one to download one.
    Parts for this can be found at SEW4LESS.COM.

    I followed these instructions to thread the machine but my bobbin thread keeps getting jammed. I think maybe I put the bobbin in wrong. Do you have any instructions for that?

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    Well thank God for the diagram on how to thread this machine. Now how and where do I oil it? I had this machine given to me and I really need to oil it. My e-mail is

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    Still want to know where to oil it? Could send you a scan of where the manual says to oil it at?

    Wow. We got this exact machine for $1 at an auction. I'm going to try to get it sewing!! The pressure foot won't come up (the lever seems locked in place). Is that normal for this machine or is there some sort of unlock button?

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    This machine is great!  Once I got it threaded correctly, it purrs.
    The presser foot comes up now too, I'm not sure what was up with it before *shrug*.

    Place the bobbin in the hole, guide the thread down through the slanty-slot closest to you, then up through the slot to the left of that and straight back over the bobbin.
    I'm not sure if it makes a difference which way the bobbin goes.
    Here's a video of how to thread the bobbin!

    There's also a full schematic document available here:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I was able to figure out how to thread it, and otherwise I would not have been able to. Many thanks!

    Ah! Someone else has one too ... so could you be so kind as to create a sequel, one that explains the secret to threading/placing the bobbin in such a way as to allow for consistent raising? We keep trying on this inherited machine and the bobbin thread raises only once in a while.

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    Hey, grabbing sands,
    What I have learned, is if it does not come up every' single time, then either something is damaged, or you are not threading it right. Make sure you are, otherwise you will have the issue you are having.

    Good one... Not That I'm ever using this equipment, but for my whole childhood, I've been contemplating my mother's with some kind of amazement... The complexity of it always appealed to me for some strange reason. Maybe once I inherit this piece of equipment, I'll become the next Gaultier or Galliano...