A beginner can find learning how to sew a very daunting task; there is so much to learn even before you even open up your pattern envelope. I remember when I first got out my brand new sewing machine, all excited… until I realised I had no idea how to thread it! If you are a beginner, then you don’t need to worry. With our new YouTube channel we are hoping to regularly release helpful lessons that will teach you everything you need to know. In this video I teach you all about the vital sewing machine component, the bobbin.
If you aren’t able to watch the video below, then I have written a summary of each section for you.
What Is A Bobbin
In the first section of the video I show you an example of what a bobbin is. I discuss a few important things to know about bobbins. For example, did you know that bobbins are made out of different materials? They can be made of plastic (common for modern sewing machines), metal and even wood (common for older machines). Bobbins even come in different sizes!
It’s important to know that you can’t interchange bobbins in many sewing machines – for example a plastic bobbin can’t be used in a machine designed for metal bobbins.
How To Wind A Bobbin
The second section of the video I demonstrate how to wind up your bobbin. The first few times can feel difficult, but once you know what you are doing it will suddenly seem second nature. You won’t even think about doing it – just like breathing.
The pictures below are taken directly from the video (if some are a bit blurry).
Step 1: Place The Thread On The Spool Holder
Step 2: Place The Spool Holder Cap On
Step 3: Wrap The Thread Around The Thread Guide
I have no idea why, but I called this a tension hook in the video. Opps.
Step 4: Thread The Bobbin
Now you need to thread the bobbin. It can be a little fiddly to get the thread through the little hole. Importantly, you need to bring the thread up through the centre of the bobbin and out of the top.
Step 5: Place On Bobbin Holder and Disengage Needle
Place the bobbin into the bobbin holder. Next you will need to disengage your needle. On my Janome machine I pull the bobbin holder to the right. On some machines you need to pull the hand wheel out and away from the machine.
As you can see, the LED screen on my machine has switched to “SP”, indicating that spool winding mode is active.
Step 6: Pull The Thread Taught
Step 7: Press Down The Presser Foot
Press down on the presser foot to start the bobbin winding. The bobbin will automatically stop winding when it is full. You can see me pointing to the bobbin stopper in the third picture.
How To Load A Bobbin
The final section of the video I demonstrate how to load your bobbin into a top-loading sewing machine.
Step 1: Remove The Bobbin Plate
Step 2: Drop The Bobbin Into the Bobbin Case
Drop the bobbin into the bobbin case. What I forgot to mention in the video is that the thread of the bobbin should form a “P” shape. A great way to remember it is “Perfect Threading”.
Step 3: Pull The Thread Through The Notches
Pull the thread through the first notch into the bobbin case, which is aligned directly aligned at the bottom of the case. The photo in Step 2 demonstrates exactly where.