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How To Wind And Install The Bobbin On Your Sewing Machine

Interested in sewing? Were you about to start a sewing project and then realized you don’t know how to get the bobbin ready?

To be able to sew, you must have both the upper thread threaded and the bobbin wound and installed! In this article, I will guide you through winding and installing the bobbin, step by step. 

Please note that not all machines have the same exact way to wind/install the bobbin, although most are quite similar. Your machine should have little diagrams on it on how to wind/install the bobbin and should have numbered thread guides. 

Let’s get started! To wind the bobbin, take an empty bobbin and place it on the bobbin winder seat and slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left until it snaps into place. Make sure that you are using the correct type of bobbin for your machine. Place the thread in a cup, on a thread stand or on the built-in thread holder.

Pass the thread under the thread guide, under the thread guide cover and over to the front. 

Take the thread and pass it under the hook of the bobbin winding thread guide three and under the pretension disk circle it counterclockwise. The Pretension disk is the circular disk beside the hook on the bobbin winding thread guide three. 

Pull the thread and wind it yourself around the bobbin a few times clockwise. When winding yourself make sure you are going clockwise around the bobbin or else the thread will get wrapped around the bobbin winder shaft. Pull the thread through the guide slit in the bobbin winder seat to cut it. 

Using the speed controller, you can adjust the speed to wind the bobbin. Press the start/stop button or press down on the foot controller to start winding the bobbin. 

When the bobbin winding stops or starts to become slow, press the start/stop button or remove your foot from the foot controller to stop. 

Cut the thread and slide the bobbin winder shaft to the left until it snaps into place. Remove the bobbin and install it. 

To install the bobbin, press the presser foot/needle exchange key, raise the needle and raise the presser foot lever. 

Remove the bobbin cover and insert the bobbin into the bobbin case, make sure that the bobbin thread unwinds to the left. While lightly holding down the bobbin with one hand, use the other hand to guide the end of the bobbin thread around the tab of the needle plate cover and take the thread through the slit in the needle plate cover, continue to guide the thread through this slit and cut the thread with the cutter.

Reattach the bobbin cover and press the presser foot/needle exchange key!

You can leave the bobbin thread like this and sew, or you can pull up the bobbin thread. 

To pull up the bobbin thread, follow the same steps but do not cut the thread with the cutter and don’t reattach the bobbin cover. Lightly hold the upper thread and press the needle position button twice or do a full rotation with the handwheel.

The bobbin thread should loop around the upper thread, gently pull the upper thread up to pull out the end of the bobbin thread. Proceed to pull up the bobbin thread and pass both of the threads under the presser foot towards the back of the machine. Reattach the bobbin cover. 

Thank you for reading this article! I hope you were able to understand and learn from this! Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think! 


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