Proper Bobbin Use

Duration: 18:17

There are many different sizes, styles and types of sewing machine bobbins, and knowing which one to use can be difficult. ZJ Humbach shows several of the different types available on the market today and explains when they are generally used and for what machines.

Bobbin Sizes, Types, and Styles

To help you better understand different bobbin sizes, ZJ begins by showing some of the most common sizes and styles of bobbins available and explains some of their main differences. Some of these differences are easily recognizable- for example, some sewing machine bobbins are metal while others are plastic. Other recognizable differences between some of the bobbins are the size, with some being much larger than others. ZJ explains that larger sewing machine bobbin sizes are typically for long arm quilting machines or even some embroidery machines.

While some bobbins are easy to tell apart in terms of size, some are not and only differ by a small amount in terms of how big around they are as well as how tall they are. When bobbin size is not easily discernible, you will need to know what letter or number the bobbin is labeled as. Some of the more common bobbins are “L”, “M” and “J”. If you are unsure what size and type of bobbin you need for your machine, it is best to always consult your machine manual. Using the wrong size of sewing machine bobbin in your machine can not only cause issues like skipped stitches and poor stitch quality, but it can also harm your machine.

Also, even though you might be using the correct size and style of bobbin, so machines prefer metal bobbins while others prefer plastic. It is always best to use the type of bobbin that came with your machine or the one that is listed in your manual. Once you learn about the different sizes, types and styles of sewing machine bobbins, learn about proper bobbin storage and transfer.

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2 Responses to “Proper Bobbin Use”
  1. Sarah Hardy

    Am I correct in thinking that when you have wound a bobbin correctly, the thread shouldn’t feel spongy?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,

      That is correct- it should not feel spongy. It should feel fairly sturdy, much like how thread on a spool feels.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
      National Sewing Circle

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