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How to Wind a Bobbin on a Sewing Machine

Learn how to wind a bobbin on a sewing machine from designer Jennifer Wiese in this Howcast tutorial.


Hi. I'm Jennifer from Workroom Social, and today we're going to talk about how to wind a bobbin. So, what is a bobbin? These are a couple of bobbins. Every sewing machine has a different bobbin that is specifically made for their machine, so you should refer to your manual to see what kind of bobbin your machine needs. But, basically, a bobbin is the mini spool of thread that sits at the bottom of your machine to make your stitches.

So, to wind the bobbin, the first thing you need to do is to take your thread and you're going to put it in the thread holder on your machine. Now, the main thing you want to sort of pay attention to about winding your bobbin is your thread needs tension.

So, here's my tension disk on my machine, and that's going to hold the thread taut. So, I'm just going to put it through there, and then I'm going to take the end of my thread and put it through a little, tiny hole that sits on the inside of my bobbin. And I'm going to just pull it out and hold it up. Then I'm going to attach my bobbin to the bobbin spindle and I'm going to lock it into place. That engages this component of your machine.

The next thing that's important to do is to disengage your needle. So, on my machine that's here on the right hand side. And I'm just going to pull it out. And what that's going to do, it's going to prevent my needle from going up and down, which we don't need to happen right now. And then I'm going to hold the top of my thread so it doesn't get dangled and I'm going to step on the presser foot. And we're going to get a couple of spins and then I'm just going to cut this top. I don't need this anymore. And then I'm going to wind this bobbin.

Now, you'll see, as the thread is going, it should be going up and down in a fairly even motion. And if that's happening, you know you have a good tension. If it's not happening, it could be for a couple of reasons. One, you just might be a little off balance, in which case you can take, this is an awl, you can take that or a pencil or something and stick it underneath to help guide your thread up and down. You want your bobbin to be nice and even.

Now, this will stop automatically when it's done. Or, if you only want a little bit you can just stop it ahead of time. And you'll just clip that off, and now you have your threaded bobbin.

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