Threading a Bobbin - The Comprehensive Guide
Threading the bobbin is an essential skill for all machine sewers to have. While this task may seem daunting at first, it will become like second nature after you’ve completed those first few sewing projects. Read on to learn how to thread a bobbin correctly so you can get your machine set up to sew.
What Is The Bobbin?
The bobbin used in a sewing machine is a spindle that holds the thread and feeds it through the needle. The thread must be wound around the bobbin correctly in order to feed smoothly and produce neat stitches.
The process of winding the bobbin on a sewing machine is generally consistent, no matter which brand or model of machine you’re using. Once you learn how to properly wind the bobbin, you’ll be able to start sewing and producing top-quality stitches.
Bobbin Threading Steps
To thread the bobbin on your sewing machine, follow these steps:
- Locate the spool pin on your machine, which is the small attachment that holds a spool of thread. Place your desired spool of thread on the pin and loosen the end of the thread.
- To keep the thread from knotting or tangling, secure the spool pin with the cap or holder.
- Located near the spool cap, there is a thread guide. This attachment has a small hole to keep the thread smooth as it’s wound onto the bobbin. Guide the end of your thread through the small hole.
- Without letting go of your thread, guide it once around the tension disk so that it creates a triangle shape.
- Find the small hole on the rim of your bobbin and guide your thread through it. Take the thread through the hole from the inside of the bobbin. For bobbins with multiple holes, just choose one, it won’t make a difference.
- Place your bobbin on the bobbin winder, which is a pin-shaped piece that fits through the center hole of the bobbin.
- To keep the needle from moving as you wind the bobbin, push the winder pin. The winder will click when it locks.
- Keeping a hold on the end of your thread, press down gently on the foot pedal and the thread will start to wind around the bobbin. Start at a steady pace and speed up once you get the hang of it.
- Once your bobbin has been completely wound with thread, maintain a grip on the end of your bobbin thread. Then, cut the thread using scissors.
- Take the bobbin from the winder pin by unlocking the winder. It will click back to its initial position.
- Remove the wound bobbin from the winder. Now, your bobbin is all set to use!
Check out the video below to see these steps in action.
Tips for Correct Threading
- The thread can get caught on the notch of the spool as you’re winding the bobbin. If this happens, flip the spool over to avoid the notch.
- When the thread evenly lines up with the edge of the bobbin, it’s full. Don’t overfill the bobbin; otherwise, the thread will just slip off.
- It’s important to use bobbins that are designed to work with your model of sewing machine. Using a bobbin that isn’t designed for your machine can cause many issues throughout the sewing process.
- If the bobbin starts to wind more thickly in some spots than others, check your thread around the tension disk to make sure it’s been placed correctly. Winding the thread twice around the disk can help the thread wind more consistently.
- If after winding the bobbin there’s a tail of thread coming through the hole of the bobbin, be sure to trim it; it could create problems with your stitches.
With a properly wound bobbin, you’re ready to start making beautiful stitches using your sewing machine.