Welcome, sewing enthusiasts! If you’re a beginner or just need a refresher on how to wind and insert a sewing machine bobbin, you’re in the right place. We understand that threading a sewing machine can be intimidating for those new to the craft, so we’ve broken down the process into simple, easy-to-follow steps. With a bit of patience and practice, you’ll soon be able to master this essential skill like a pro
- Sewing machine
- Empty bobbin
- Thread spool
- Choose the right bobbin. Ensure you’re using the correct bobbin for your specific sewing machine. Consult your machine’s manual if you’re unsure.
- Place the thread spool on the spool pin. Set your thread spool onto the spool pin, usually found on the top right of the machine. If necessary, secure it with a spool cap.
- Wind the thread around the thread guide. Pull the thread from the spool and guide it through the upper threading path, which typically includes one or more thread guides.
- Wrap the thread around the bobbin winder tension disc. Find the bobbin winder tension disc on the top of the machine and wrap the thread around it to ensure even winding.
- Thread the bobbin. Take the empty bobbin and thread the end of the thread through the small hole from the inside to the outside. Hold onto the thread end.
- Place the bobbin on the bobbin winder spindle. Push the bobbin onto the bobbin winder spindle, usually located near the tension disc. Ensure it’s securely in place.
- Engage the bobbin winder. Slide the bobbin winder spindle to the right or push it down, depending on your machine, to engage the bobbin winder. You’ll know it’s engaged when it clicks into place.
- Begin winding. Hold the end of the thread and press the foot pedal or start button to begin winding the bobbin. After a few turns, stop and trim the excess thread close to the bobbin hole.
- Continue winding. Continue winding the bobbin until it’s full or until you have enough thread for your project. The bobbin should wind evenly and stop automatically when it’s full.
- Disengage the bobbin winder and remove the bobbin. When the bobbin is fully wound, disengage the bobbin winder and remove the bobbin from the spindle. Trim any excess thread.
- Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case. Open the bobbin cover on your sewing machine, and insert the bobbin according to your machine’s specific instructions. This usually involves dropping it in and pulling the thread through a slit or tension guide.
- Close the bobbin cover. Ensure the bobbin is secure and the thread tail is properly threaded. Close the bobbin cover, and you’re ready to sew!
- Use high-quality thread to avoid thread breakage and ensure smooth sewing.
- Keep a few pre-wound bobbins in different colors to save time when switching between projects.
- Clean your bobbin case regularly to prevent lint buildup and maintain optimal performance.
- Practice winding and inserting the bobbin a few times to build muscle memory and increase confidence.