How to Wind a Bobbin for Your Sewing Machine

What is a bobbin and what is its purpose in a sewing machine?  In this article, we’ll let you know the importance of the bobbin, its varieties and the proper way to wind a bobbin for your sewing machine. Threading or winding a bobbin for your sewing machine is a very easy thing to do if you know how to wind it correctly.

What is Bobbin Used For?

A bobbin is used for sewing thread. It holds the thread that is held below the needle. In a different field, a bobbin is a simple tool that holds any weaving materials. In a sewing machine, there’s a special compartment under it where a bobbin is placed.

There are many varieties of bobbins used in sewing machines. It may be made out of plastic, metal or wood. Given that there are different types of bobbins, they cannot be swapped. The machine’s tension setting varies on the weight of the bobbin.

Tip: You must be aware of the type of bobbin for your sewing machine, to prevent a large variety of problems.

Understanding Bobbins Sizes

Bobbins come in many various sizes and styles. Letters and or numbers are used to label the bobbin. You may notice letters like an ‘M’ or ‘L’ labeled on the bobbin, or numbers like 15. It is imperative to know what type and size of bobbin for your machine. You could learn from your machine manual the ideal size of the bobbin for your machine.

Let’s us now wind a bobbin for your sewing machine

  1. Make sure to wind the bobbin before threading the machine.
  2. Start with an empty bobbin. On the spool pin, place a spool of a thread then attach a spool cap.
    • Note: Don’t wind one color over another color.
  3. From the spool, insert the thread through the thread guide and then pass through the winding tension disk of the bobbin.
  4. In the rim of the bobbin, there’s a small hole to which you pass the thread end. Put the bobbin onto its bobber pin. To keep the sewing machine needle stays on its position, be sure to lock the bobbin winder.
  5. Start the machine and keep on holding of the thread end. Once it has wound enough layers, you should stop the machine and cut the thread nearest to the hole in the bobbin. Start the sewing machine again.
    • Tip: Make sure to replenish the bobbin every time to save you on refilling of thread every time.
  6. Take out the bobbin from its winder pin by cutting the thread first-+.

Wind Bobbin by Hand

You could wind the bobbin manually if winder is not available. Below are the simple steps on winding a bobbin of sewing machine by hand.

Materials Needed:

  • A Drill
  • Double Pointed Knitting Needle or any pointed material
  • A Bobbin
  • A Thread


  1. With a double-pointed knitting needle, convert your drill from a hole-maker to a bobbin winder.
  2. Insert about an inch of the needle into the drill bit and make sure to tighten it until the needle is securely in place. Any pointed object can be an alternative if you don’t have a needle handy.
    • Tip: A loose bobbin will not work or a very tight one since it will crack your needle.  It’s impossible to wind a bobbin if the double point needle does not sit in place.
  3. With the drill on your one hand, wind a thread to the bobbin with enough layers so the thread will not flap. Before turning on the drill, make sure that the bobbin and the needle are both intact and the thread smoothly runs

Ensuring that the thread winds smoothly to the bobbin, continue moving the thread back and forth as you turn on the drill. And in a matter of minutes, you’ll have your nice, properly tensioned bobbin. However, don’t forget to have the correct needle.

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