Welcome to my first “starting to stitch” post. If you’ve just bought a sewing machine or you’re dusting off your old sewing machine to start sewing again and you don’t know the first step of sewing, the answer is very simple, wind your bobbin. What, the first step of sewing is to wind a bobbin. Yes, that’s the first step of sewing. Because, winding the bobbin, and also threading your sewing machine is essential to sewing. If you don’t do either you won’t be able to sewing anything.
Not all sewing machine are made the same, so look in your sewing machine manual to check what the manual shows to do.
After winding the bobbin, if you need help threading your sewing machine Here is my is my second starting to stitch post on how to thread a sewing machine.
Place your spool of thread on the spool pin and put the spool cap on it.
Follow the first two thread guides.
Take the thread and go around the hook of the bobbin winding thread guide.
Now go around the pre-tension disk and make sure the thread goes under the disk.
Put the bobbin on the bobbin winder shaft and you can either wrap the thread clockwise around the thread a few times, or you can take the end of the thread and go through the little hole on top of the bobbin and hold the end of the thread up. After the bobbin has went around a couple of times, then you can cut the thread end.
Slide the bobbin over to the right and start winding, to wind the bobbin just turn on your machine and push down on the pedal. After you have as much thread on the bobbin as you like, just slide the bobbin back over and take the bobbin off the bobbin winding shaft and cut the thread.
Now that you have wound your bobbin, the next step is to load your bobbin in the bobbin case. Look in your sewing machine manual to see how your bobbin goes in your machine. Your sewing machine may have a top loading bobbin or a front loading bobbin. With the front loading bobbin you have to take the bobbin case out of the sewing machine and place the bobbin in the case with the thread counter clockwise and take the thread end and slide it in the slot and around to where the end comes out the top slot of the bobbin case, and place the bobbin case back in the machine making sure that the little hook slides in the little slot. And if you have a top loading bobbin read the instructions below.
Place the bobbin in the bobbin case, making sure the thread is wrapped around the bobbin counter-clockwise, and follow the diagrams and arrows. See the pictures below.
After you have followed the last arrow, see where the thread is resting, my sewing machine has a little blade that you just pull the thread against to cut the thread. Some sewing machines do not have that, so you just leave a couple inches of thread tail.
There you have it, that’s how you wind a bobbin. Thank you for reading and I hope this post helps you with your sewing.
Also, here is my video on how to wind a bobbin.