Front Loading Bobbin Case - How to Thread

How to Thread a Bobbin ~ with a bobbin case

The bobbin is that small little spool that forms the bottom thread in the stitch.

This information follows on from How To Wind Thread Onto the Bobbin >>

I only have front loading machines with a bobbin case so that is the method I’ll describe here.  Some machines have a drop-in or horizontal bobbin.  The best tutorial I’ve found for loading those is here.  For those more into moving pictures here’s a good link.

Step1 Bobbin in right hand

Step 1: Pull out a 10cm tail of thread from the bobbin.

Release your bobbin case by lifting the small lever

Step 2: Remove the bobbin case from your machine by lifting the little lever near the central pin.

Bring the Bobbin and Case Together
Step 3: Hold the bobbin case in your left hand and filled bobbin in your right hand with the tail pulling away from you.  Bring the two together.

Manoeuvre the thread under the tensioning clasp
Step 4: Manoeuvre the tail through the small slit and then under and through the tensioning clasp.  You thread through the upright arm when stitching a satin stitch (eg. around a button hole).

Push the bobbin case back onto the central pin until you hear a 'click'
Step 5: Align and push your bobbin case back into its compartment until you hear a firm ‘click’.

'Go Fishing' for the bobbin thread using your balance wheel
Step 6:  Go fishing – Hold the top spool thread with your left hand, turn your balance wheel towards you so that the needle does a full revolution (goes down into the machine and back up again).  The top thread will pick up the bottom thread on its way through.

Tug on the top thread to bring the bobbin thread up between the feed dogs


Step 7: Gently tug on the top thread so the loop of the bottom thread pulls out from between the feed dogs.

Use a pin to sweep threads clear

Step 8: Use a pin or similar to swish the end of the bottom thread out.

You're done ~ the bobbin is threaded and ready for sewing

Step 9: Close your bobbin compartment cover.

You’re all done and your machine is now threaded and ready for sewing.




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