April 20, 2013 posted by littlewhitecottage

‘Make friends with your sewing machine’ Part 1 – Threading a bobbin.

Threading a Bobbin

How to load the bobbin with thread.

Here’s  a diagram of the average sewing machine’s important parts!

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Red – Bobbin winder spindle

Black – thread holder (spool pin)

Blue – Hand winder (hand wheel)

Yellow – Speed adjuster

White – Take up lever

Yellow – Speed adjuster

Light green – The black lead is for electricity and the white is for the foot pedal

Purpled – reverse button

Pink – Bobbin holder

Green – needle

Turquoise – Thread tension dial.

Now you’re ready to start…

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Put your chosen thread onto the thread holder (spool pin) putting the white
plastic disc (spool holder) on the end to keep it in place. Use a large plastic
disc for larger spools of the thread and smaller discs for smaller spools of

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This is an empty bobbin case notice there are 2 holes in it…

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Take the thread and wrap it round the metal circle (bobbin winder thread guide) and bring it back across the top of the machine and into the bobbin and out the top of one of the holes.

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Here is a picture of the thread going into the empty bobbin and back out the hole.

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Put the bobbin onto your machine on the winder spindle.

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Push your bobbin to the right to click it in place. (It will not wind if you don’t click it in place)

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Hold the thread up so it doesn’t get tangled.

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Press the foot pedal to start winding the bobbin.

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Once you have a little thread on the bobbin stop the machine and trim the spare thread.

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Carry on and load the bobbin with thread.

Now you’ve loaded the bobbin with thread next it’s time to thread the machine…

1 Comment

  • Thank you! I didn’t know why there are holes in the bobbin! – I struggle with loading the bobbin so I’m looking forward to your blog on that. (I know ‘what’ to do IYSWIM but it always takes several attempts) Will you be blogging about tension? I’ve never really understood how/why you choose? Is there a ‘rule of thumb’?

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