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How To Put a Bobbin in a Sewing Machine?

Eoehro 25 Pcs Sa156 Bobbins for Brother Sewing Machine
Eoehro 25 Pcs Sa156 Bobbins for Brother Sewing Machine

The bobbin is one of the essential parts of a sewing machine.

It’s a small spool that you need to load with thread from the upper threading part of your machine.

Most importantly, it’s the lower source for thread in your machine, and without this particular tool, you can’t complete stitching in a sewing machine.

In this article, we will give you directions for installing a bobbin inside your sewing machine along with the details of its different locations in the sewing machines. 

Different Locations Of The Bobbin

There are mainly two kinds of bobbin locations. One is called a front-load bobbin, and another is known as a top drop-in bobbin. What is the location of your bobbin? Let’s figure that out!

Top Drop-in Bobbin

People sometimes call it a drop-in or top-loading bobbin. In this setup, you can reach your bobbin from the top surface of your machine.

Raise your presser foot and uncover the throat plate. If you see the bobbin case holder after unraveling that portion of your machine, then it’s the front-load bobbin.

You should be able to notice it easily, and if you don’t see the bobbin case holder in the specified area, then it’s the other kind of Bobbin. As users say, it’s a convenient setup for lower threading. You can easily take the bobbin out from the top surface of the machine and slide it back in horizontally right under the needle stand. 

Front-load Bobbin

This brings us to the front-loading bobbin. People know it as a side-loading bobbin set-up too. Unlike, top-loading bobbin, this set-up requires the bobbin to be positioned vertically. This set-up is as two organizations; in some machines, you can access front-loading bobbin through a compartment from the front-side. And, in some machines, you can access the bobbin from the accessory compartment.

Users say it’s a little difficult to set the front-load bobbin as you can’t directly see where it is going.

All the recent models of sewing machines possess a top-loading bobbin rather than the front-loading bobbin. That’s certainly aimed at making your sewing experience easier as people review front-loading bobbin as a tricky process.

Onward, you will get the directions for both bobbin setups. We will start with the top-loading bobbin.

Installing a Top Drop-in Bobbin

Step 1

First, you need to raise the needle bar of your machine by moving the hand-wheel counterclockwise. Raise it as high as possible; there is a lot of cases of getting hurt by the needle while setting the bobbin.

Step 2

Search for the bobbin cover plate. It is situated under the needle bar. If you are unsure about the bobbin cover; take a quick look at the user manual.

Now, push the release button to the right side in order to remove the bobbin cover plate. You will see it rising up sufficiently enough so you can reach the bobbin with your hand.

Step 3

This is an important step. You will be inserting the bobbin inside the bobbin case now. So, make sure you are placing it inside the case anti-clockwise. If you mistakenly set it clockwise, then the bobbin will become unthreaded and cause a sewing problem by jamming the machine.

So, take the bobbin and set it inside by keeping the thread-end by the right-hand side.

Step 4

You will see some slots around the bobbin case to lead the thread outside the case. Take the thread end through slot A and guide it to the left side.

Step 5

This is another important stage, so try to follow our instructions mindfully. Now, press the top of the bobbin with a finger of your right hand. Because you will need to lead the thread in another slot; while leading the thread-end, the bobbin will move. That’s why you need to keep it finger-pressed.

Once you are pressing it, pull the thread to slot B. After that, pull the thread bout 6 inches (15 centimeters) upward and take it toward the backside of the machine under the presser foot.

Step 6

Now, take down the bobbin cover plate on the throat plate and press it to close it properly.

This is how you install a top-loading bobbin. Next, we will take you to install a front-loading bobbin setup.

Installing a Front-loading Bobbin

There is a special case/holder for a front-loading bobbin. You will find a hinged latch on the outside of this particular bobbin case. This latch on the bobbin can aid you to remove and insert the bobbin.

There is a small screw outside that you can use to increase and decrease the tension in the bobbin thread. It is important to know thread the bobbin correctly to ensure proper sewing.

While choosing the bobbin from front-loading cases, make sure you are selecting the right one. You can refer to a user’s manual in this respect. For example, in the Singer sewing machine, there are 2 sorts of bobbin, class 15, and class 15J. Class 15 is the bobbin for front-loading.

Step 1

To insert or remove the bobbin, make sure the needle is in the highest position by turning the hand-wheel towards you. Also, lift the presser foot up.

Step 2

Once the needle and presser foot it raised as directed, remove the extension table from the machine. After that, you need to remove the hinged cover that is situated by the throat plate.

Next, pull the bobbin case tab and remove the bobbin case. Take the bobbin case by one hand and take out the empty bobbin.

Then load the bobbin and put it back inside the bobbin case. While inserting the bobbin, pull the thread by one hand, so it moves in the clockwise direction. Pull the thread outside from 6 to 7 inches outside the bobbin case.

You will notice slits on both sides of the case. Then, lead the thread on the slit by the right side. Hold the bobbin by the hinged latch and put it inside the shuttle. You will feel a click when it’s into the accurate place of the shuttle.

Step 3

Once the bobbin case is correctly placed, release the latch of the case. To check if the bobbin is set correctly, move the hand-wheel toward you. If the needle is moving up and down without hitting the bobbin case, then you have inserted the bobbin case properly. If the bobbin case gets hit by the needle or comes out of the shuttle, then it means you didn’t set it right. You need to set the bobbin again to put it inside accurately.

This is how you set a front-loading bobbin.

Final Words

Never overfill a bobbin, or they won’t be able to move freely into the bobbin case. Also, wind thread when the bobbin is empty. If you thread a partially wound bobbin, it will cause irregularities while stitching. 

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