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Thread a Sewing Machine Bobbin - Getting Started
An Assortment of Sewing Machine Bobbins

An Assortment of Sewing Machine Bobbins

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Threading the bobbin of a sewing machine, is not a difficult task if you take the thread through the necessary guides and tension controls so the thread on the bobbin is smoothly and evenly wound on the bobbin when you are finished. Having the thread even and smooth will assist in properly formed stitches. Just remember, looping and tangled bobbin thread when you are sewing, is not usually caused by the bobbin.
  • Place a spool of thread securely on the spool pin.
  • Take the thread to a thread guide that is closest to the spool pin but heading for the bobbin and guide the thread into the guide.
  • There will be some sort of a guide that may look like a button or disk, that the thread will go under or between to hold tension on the thread before it goes to the bobbin.
  • If the bobbin has a hole in the side of it, thread the hole so the tail of thread is on the outside of the bobbin and place the bobbin on the final part of the bobbin winding area.
    If there is no hole in the bobbin, place the bobbin on the last spot of the bobbin winding area and wind the thread around the bobbin a few times, leaving just enough thread tail so that you can hold the thread tail while the bobbin starts to wind. You can trim this thread once the bobbin starts to fill or you can just let go of that thread tail and allow it to wind on the bobbin. The less tail you can have the better, so that the thread does not tangle on the bobbin and create problems later when that part of the bobbin is being used while you sew.
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