If you’re new to the sewing business, you might not know about everything to do with a sewing machine.
It’s okay though, we’ve got you covered with a trusty way to tell you how you can work your sewing machine.
Have you ever seen a small iron cylinder included in your sewing kit but don’t know what it’s for?
It’s a small device included in sewing kits to hold thread or yarn while using your sewing kit.
The thread is furled around the bobbin and inserted into the sewing machine to feed the thread into the machine as you use it.
A bobbin is a handy tool that saves you the trouble of holding your yarn or thread by yourself as you would while knitting.
The main reason sewing machines are becoming more widespread is the time, effort, and difficulty of knitting one thread at a time.
Sewing takes all these troubles away by giving you a wider area to work using smaller and more convenient tools like bobbins to make your work easier.
Tools like bobbins usually encourage people to use sewing machines more often, but what good does that do if you don’t know how a bobbin works?
A guide on working a bobbin
Using a bobbin is simple if you know what kind of sewing machine you’re dealing with.
Depending on the of sewing machine you own, the manual on your sewing machine should give you an insight into the components of your machine.
There are two types of sewing machines:
- Vertical-bobbin sewing machines
- Horizontal-bobbin sewing machines
Make sure to examine your sewing machine properly for which type it is and read the useful part for you.
Let us explain how you can put a bobbin in a sewing machine, but first, always make sure your machine is turned off or secured for safety.
This is for your good if you end up stitching your fingers together.
Load your thread into the bobbin and another thread through the top of your sewing machine, and let’s dive into it.
Vertical bobbin sewing machines
If your user manual tells you that you have a vertical bobbin sewing machine, there should be a small bit of your sewing machine, a bit to the left of your sewing machine under the needle, that can be removed.
Once you find and remove it, there will be a small latch that you can pull down. Behind the latch, you’ll see the bobbin insertion grate.
Pull out the tail of the thread in your bobbin and pull out the case meant for your bobbing to be inserted into.
It ought to be made of metal and can be detached from the grate. Insert your bobbin into the case and find a small slit in the bobbin.
Bring the tail of the thread and move the thread into the slit in the direction indicated on the case.
Now, when you pull the thread, the bobbin in the case will begin to move. Place the case back into the grate.
Now carefully hold the top thread inputted into your sewing machine and, being mindful of your fingers,
Bring the needle down twice, and your needle should extract the thread out under the foot of your sewing machine. Then you’ll be good to go.
Horizontal bobbin sewing machines
If your manual indicates a vertical bobbin machine, there should be a cover almost directly below your needle, which you can remove.
Under the cover, you will find a small circular area when you can place your bobbin.
Pull out of the tail of your bobbin thread in a counter-clockwise direction and place it into the circular area.
Around the circular area should be a notch small enough for your thread to get through.
Gently curl your thread into the notch and bring it back into a counter-clockwise direction.
If you tug the thread, the bobbin will begin to move. Hold your top thread and, once again being mindful of your fingers, bring the needle down twice.
The thread should be extracted out from under the foot of your sewing machine.
Hopefully, you’ll know now how to work that little cylinder into your sewing machine.
Get ready to wow your peers with your extensive knowledge of bobbins and come out at the top of your sewing machine class.