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How To Thread a Bobbin

Do You Know How to Thread a Bobbin? Now We Present the Best Ways!

Threading a bobbin is one of the basic, but vital steps of sewing. Go through this guide, that will make things easier for you.
HobbyZeal Staff
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Sewing is often viewed as an easy task. In fact, it takes some time to learn, especially for those, who know nothing about the sewing machine. You must get accustomed to the various parts of a sewing machine and their mechanism, in order to master the art of sewing. However, one of the easiest and primary tasks associated with sewing is threading the bobbin. Though the procedure of winding and threading a bobbin may vary slightly with different models of sewing machines, the basics are the same.
Why to Thread a Bobbin
The bobbin is a small wheel-like part, that can be found under the needle plate of a sewing machine. They are either made of metal or plastic. The function of a bobbin is to provide thread, that forms the stitch on the underside of the cloth. The thread that is provided by the bobbin is picked up by the needle's thread, to form a stitch. The bobbin thread is found at the bottom part of the stitch. Bobbins have to be fed with thread, as per your needs, or when the bobbin becomes empty. Initially, threading of the bobbin was done by hand, but with the advent of motor-fitted sewing machines, things have become much easier.
Threading a Bobbin
  • Open the bobbin door, and take out the bobbin case (can be vertical or horizontal loading). All you have to do is to lift the latch attached to the case and pull it out.
  • Once the bobbin case is taken out, gently tilt it and the bobbin will be on your hand.
  • Place a thread spool of the desired color on the spindle. In case of horizontal spindles, you can secure the thread spool with a holder provided for that purpose.
  • Loop the thread over the bobbin tension and the hooks on it. The free end of the thread has to be secured to the bobbin, through the pin hole in it.
  • The next step is to place the bobbin on the bobbin winder. It will be better to wrap the thread two to three times around the bobbin, before placing it on the winder.
  • Disengage the needle mechanism and engage the bobbin winding one. Otherwise, the needle will move up and down, and may get damaged during the bobbin winding process.
  • The next step is to start the machine by pressing the foot pedal, so that the bobbin gets wrapped with thread. Make sure that the thread is filling the bobbin in an even manner.
You must be able to locate the relevant parts of the sewing machine, which are associated with the function of threading the bobbin. This is very much necessary, as the location of different parts, may vary from one type of sewing machine to another. Beginners may find it difficult, but once you become accustomed with the sewing machine parts and their working, everything becomes easy.