How To Thread A Bobbin Of A sewing Machine

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How To Insert A Bobbin

Learning how to correctly thread your sewing machine allows you the creative freedom of making any outfit or accessory that strikes your fancy. 

The two-part process, winding and then threading the bobbin, may seem intimidating at first but once mastered can be applied on all machines in future endeavors (with a few twists and loops). 

Dust off those old machines sitting around gathering dust; it’s time for some creativity!

Sewing machines are all very similar, with some notable exceptions. The next to your take-up lever and thread spool pins. 

A handwheel will also typically be found here as well as a stitch selector which can either be located at the front or lower right side of your machine. 

Sometimes, however, you may find that these parts have been moved around so it’s worth checking before beginning any sewing projects

What You’ll Need


  • Spool Of Thread


  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Empty bobbin
  • Scissors


1. Loading The Spool Pin

You can also use a spool pin with or without the plastic piece, but make sure to place your bobbin on top of it. If you are using this kind of machine, I’d recommend that you secure the thread onto an upper spool pin and hold it in place with a felt cap if available

2. Threading Machine Guides

Use the guide that came with your sewing machine to put tension on the thread. Make sure you wrap it in the correct direction per instructions for how to use your specific model of the sewing machine.

3. Threading The Bobbin

 If the bobbin has a hole in it, thread your needle from inside to outside. Then place the bobbin on its spindle and wind around it with just enough loose thread so you can hold onto one end of them both.

4. Engaging The Bobbin Winding

The brake or stopper might move toward the bobbin that is about to be wound, and/or the winding process on your sewing machine will engage. Depending on your model of the sewing machine, you may need to loosen up a handwheel in order for this function to take place.

5. Winding The Bobbin

To wind the bobbin, hold onto the thread tail if you have one. You can pause winding once it is secure and trim it or let go of that thread tail to allow for automatic stopping when full. 

On most machines this will stop automatically with a properly set brake but check beforehand so your loose thread does not cause tangles while sewing.

6. Inserting The Bobbin

Looking at your sewing machine manual, pull out the bobbin and set it to spin in a smooth motion.

Machines with horizontal bobbins: Pull up on the threader arm so that you can see through its aperture. 

It takes some time to figure out the bobbin threading pattern, but it’s worth learning because you’ll need this skill if something happens to your machine.

And when that day comes, make sure you’re prepared with a replacement part like the one in our store!

How To Thread A Bobbin Detail Video

Amazing Tips 

  • The thread on a bobbin should be wound neatly and tightly so the brake has not been set too tight.
  • The size of the thread on a bobbin can’t exceed that of its circumference, otherwise, it will get stuck in other parts or warp other bobbins during spinning (if this is your case then readjusting according to the manual should fix the issue).
  • The next time you reach for a rusty bobbin, consider sanding off the rust and oiling it until you can purchase a replacement.
  • If your machine manual determines that your specific model requires different types of bobbins than those available at local retailers, an online dealer will be more likely to have them in stock so consult before diving into frantic maintenance work.
  • Bobbins are great because they’re inexpensive so you’ll want to have extras on hand in case one runs out. Don’t use the thread that’s labeled bobbin thread for regular sewing, but instead get a similar type of top-threading thread.
  • Bobbins are only used with certain types of machines and should never be used alone without also having an upper spool or two extra ones ready at hand just in case your current supply runs dry!
  • When you are sewing the bobbin thread knots up or creates wads of thread. This is usually caused by either machine troubleshooting or problems with your needle, though it may seem like there’s a problem with the bobbin itself. See more on how to solve this issue using our handy guide!

Happy Sewing Folks!


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