How To Put A Bobbin In A Sewing Machine: 2 Methods

Last Updated on 1 year by Susan Mayrich

It’s easy to understand how to put a bobbin in a sewing machine as long as you know both ways. This article will guide you for sewing machines with a front-loading bobbin system and a top-loading bobbin system. You’ll be ready to load the bobbin in any model after reading. 

how to put a bobbin in a sewing machine

But if you want a simpler device for quick sewing repairs, why not learn how to use a handheld sewing machine as well? We wrote a tutorial for this portable device to consider if you find the standard machine overwhelming. 

 

How To Put A Bobbin In A Sewing Machine Correctly

A sewing machine can either have a front-loading bobbin system or a top-loading/drop-in bobbin system. Identify the one on your model and follow the steps below:

 

Front-loading bobbin system

  1. Make sure your sewing machine is off for safety
  2. Read the manual of your sewing machine to familiarize yourself with the parts and find the bobbin area
  3. The bobbin area is typically accessible when you remove the front cover
  4. Place the bobbin in its case, ensuring that the thread unwinds with the arrow
  5. Pull the thread on the designated notches in the case and leave three to four inches of thread hanging to the right of the case’s metal extension that sticks out
  6. Place the bobbin case inside the machine so that the metal extension points up
  7. Push the case in to secure it and adjust the bobbin area if needed to place the case easily

Drop-in bobbin system

  1. Turn off your sewing machine for safety or lock it according to the safety setting of the brand
  2. Lift the presser foot to help you access and remove the bobbin cover via the latch
  3. Place the bobbin inside so the thread will unwind correctly or to the left
  4. Have the thread through the needle plate cover’s slit and enter the tension spring
  5. Pull the thread to the right and cut the excess if your sewing machine has a cutter next to the bobbin
  6. Pull 6 inches of thread to the back of the sewing machine and return the bobbin cover
  7. Secure the bobbin cover in place

How To Put A Bobbin In A Singer Sewing Machine

Front-load bobbin Singer sewing machine

  1. Lift the presser foot 
  2. Raise the needle to the highest level using the handwheel
  3. Open the bobbin cover and insert the bobbin
  4. Check if the thread will run clockwise
  5. Guide the thread through the slit and under the finger 
  6. Insert the bobbin case via the latch

Top-load bobbin Singer sewing machine

  1. Rotate the handwheel to raise the needle to the highest level
  2. Release the bobbin cover via its button 
  3. Insert the bobbin so its thread will rotate correctly
  4. Guide the thread through the slot and pull it until you reach the other slot
  5. Pull 6 inches of thread towards the back of the sewing machine and under the presser foot
  6. Return the cover plate 

Do you also want to know other set up tutorials for Singer? Read our guide on how to thread a Singer sewing machine

 

How To Put A Bobbin In A Brother Sewing Machine

  1. Turn off the Brother sewing machine for safety
  2. Turn the handwheel to raise the needle to the highest level
  3. Raise the presser foot lever before opening and removing the bobbin cover via the button
  4. Put in the bobbin so its thread will come out according to the arrow’s direction 
  5. Hold the end of the thread and push the bobbin down
  6. Guide the thread through the slit to insert through the tension-adjusting spring
  7. Click the bobbin cover back in place

Read this tutorial on how to thread a Brother sewing machine to finish the set up. 

How To Put A Bobbin In A Kenmore Sewing Machine

  1. Open the bobbin cover
  2. Raise the needle to the highest position via the wheel
  3. Catch the latch of the bobbin case to open it
  4. Pull out the bobbin case while holding the latch
  5. Put the threaded bobbin into the case so the thread will turn correctly
  6. Slide the thread to the slot of the case, and under the tension spring
  7. Lift the latch while holding the bobbin in the case to secure it
  8. Slide the case into the sewing machine until it’s locked before releasing the latch

 

Which Direction Does The Bobbin Go In?

When putting the bobbin in the sewing machine, you want the thread to wind clockwise as seen in front-loading Singer models or counterclockwise in drop-in Singer machines. The direction is crucial during the installment of the bobbin into its case because you risk having issues with the thread tension. The needle can also break, so be sure to put the bobbin correctly or follow the arrows for the unwinding thread.

Where Does The Bottom Bobbin Thread Go?

The bottom thread or the thread from the bobbin should come up through the needle plate. On the other hand, the upper thread or the thread from the spool will go through the needle’s eye. You can read more on how a sewing machine works to understand its mechanisms. 

Conclusion

And that’s it! To recap how to put a bobbin in a sewing machine, you must identify if it’s a drop-in system or a front-loading system. Regardless, the thread must wind in the correct direction to avoid tension issues. 

 

We hope this was a helpful guide. Feel free to browse this blog for more sewing machine tips.

 

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