How to Load a Bobbin

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


Hi. I'm Jennifer from Workroom Social, and I'm going to show you how to load a bobbin into your sewing machine. So, the first thing you want to do is thread your sewing machine. After your sewing machine is threaded, you want to take your wound bobbin and you kind of want to just extend a little thread to have as a small tail.

Now, my machine has an arm here that comes off, so I'm going to take that off and move it aside. My sewing machine is a vertical bobbin. There are also some machines that are horizontal bobbins. So, you should just go back to your user's manual to see instructions for loading your bobbin.

On my machine, I have a casing here. This is a bobbin casing, and I'm going to take my bobbin and I want to place it inside my casing with the thread going counter clockwise. And I'm just going to look and see that this notch, which is where the thread is going to go through, is going sort of to the left.

So, I want my thread to go in the same direction as the bobbin casing, and then I'm going to take the thread and kind of pull it under there. And now you can see when I pull the thread, the bobbin turns.

So, now with the bobbin in the casing, you're going to go ahead and load it into your machine. You'll take this little lever and hold it out. That will keep your bobbin from falling out of the casing, because that is kind of annoying when it's rolling all around on your floor. And then you are just going to place it into your machine. There is this little notch up at the top, that there is a corresponding notch in the machine, so you can't really mess it up.

Just put it in until it gets into place and it doesn't turn, and then you can let go of that lever. Now, that's in and that's steady. The last thing you want to do is you want to pull this thread up though your throat plate, so that both threads are underneath your presser foot.

So, to do that, you'll just hold your needle thread. And using the hand wheel on the right, you're going to twist it towards you to send the needle down, and back up, and then you'll kind of tug on this thread, and there is a bobbin thread. They're two different colors, so you can see this one is the bobbin thread and the purple is the needle thread. You'll just put those towards the back of your machine, and now you're ready to sew.

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