How to Wind a Bobbin Correctly Every Time

Duration: 5:38

Learn tips for how to wind a bobbin correctly every time, including how to hold your thread, what speed to wind at and what a good bobbin should look like.


Sewing Basics for the Beginner

After you first learn to sew one of the next steps in learning how to prepare a sewing machine is learning how to wind a bobbin. Your machine may have come with a couple pre wound bobbins, but that will only last you so long. ZJ Humbach shares with you several tips for how to wind a bobbin. She starts by showing what a general thread path from the thread spool to the bobbin will look like. All machines are a little different, so she recommends consulting your machine manual for the exact thread path, but in general the thread needs to go through at least one tension loop.

ZJ explains how you can hold the thread in place lightly if you find that it comes out of the tension loop while winding. She then shows how to thread the thread through the small hole on the top of the bobbin and hold it while you begin winding. While winding a bobbin, ZJ explains what speed you should wind a bobbin at and why and how to you tell what your machine is doing by listening to it.

Bobbins – How To Wind Them

After winding a bobbin ZJ shows what a correctly wound bobbin should look like as well as what a poorly wound bobbin can look like. She also explains how the bobbin should feel and how a poorly wound bobbin can cause tension problems, bird’s nesting, thread breakage and poor stitch quality. When it comes to sewing there are so many parts of a sewing machine involved in the process, and knowing that you have a correctly wound and inserted bobbin can help eliminate many problems people run into while sewing.

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6 Responses to “How to Wind a Bobbin Correctly Every Time”
  1. Karen

    Is the reason a bobbin does not wind evenly because of going to fast. Mine seems hit and miss. Thank you,

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi, Karen. That depends on your machine. I personally wind my bobbins at the same speed I stitch at, which is the fastest speed, and I don’t have any issues. I would recommend winding a bobbin on your machine at each speed setting and see if one is consistently better than another. What is most important when winding the bobbin is that the speed is consistent. Stopping and starting or changing speed can make for problems when winding a bobbin.

    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Eileen!

      This is the perfect post for you!

      If you have a specific question about getting your bobbin to rewind, please let us know and we’d be more than happy to help!

      Thank you!

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    • Regina Shea
      Regina Shea

      I didn’t know you’re not supposed to wind the bobbin at a super fast speed. I have noticed on occassion that my bobbin isn’t wound evenly as mentioned in the video so I just use it for hand basting so the thread is not wasted.

  2. GERI

    I notice a lot that the thread does not wind completely top to bottom. What I have always done is to guide the thread over my finger so that the thread goes up all the way snd down all the way. Have you done it that way when it doesn’t wind correctly up and down?