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How to Load a Bobbin in a Sewing Machine Full Guide of 2023

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You may always end up with a tangled fabric every time you sew on a machine. A displaced coil may be to blame. Sewing is no fun if it doesn’t load accurately. The bobbin is a small bobbin that feeds the thread to form perfect stitches. So just its definition gives you a hint how important its placement in your sewing machine is.

Bobbin comes in unique types and patterns. It being the soul of any sewing machine and therefore extra care must . Fill yourself with the right knowledge to work with it. So in this article I’m going to explain how to load a bobbin properly.

How do I load a bobbin in a sewing machine?

Everything requires a wound coil to deploy. The load settings differ depending on the bobbin case type. So there is a front/side loading and a top/drop-in loading. And I will cover every detail below. Remember that the coil is not multifunctional. You can’t just take one thing out of the other. Make sure they make only it for your machine. In addition, you can refer to your manufacturer’s instruction manual for detailed information.

Types of sewing machine bobbins

Before you dive into them, familiarize yourself with the basics of the coil. As noted above, the primary function of bobbins is to provide thread while sewing. It usually comes in an elliptical or circular object.

1. Coil Types

There are over sixty different styles available. But among them, A Style, L Style and M Style are the most popular among home sewing machines.

Both the Style (15 class) and L Style have similar size with an American nickel. However, the former is available in metal and plastic while the latter is available in plastic and aluminum. The-Style has a simple design. The bottom and top are completely the same. The same goes for the L Style, although it’s an almost universal alternative.

Finally, the M Style coil is gigantic. We often use this style in some sewing machines, such as Black. Applicable for industrial sewing machines. The size allows more wire to compared to corresponding items. There is also a 66 class coil. Anyone who owns a Singer machine will undoubtedly know this type. That’s why it’s a go-to option for top-loading models.

2. Coil sizes

The sizes of a coil differ considerably. Well, there can be several factors that determine this. Although it should suit the style and type of sewing machine. Therefore you should know the exact class of your device before buying a coil.

Check the thickness to determine the size of a coil. Some are easier to detect because of their thinner appearance. For example, L-grade bobbins are about 3/4 inch long. Color correction is another method of recognizing coil size. You can use nail polish and place a small dot. In addition, you can use different colors as desired.

Placing a coil with front loader

Also called side loading, front load bobbing cases sit upright in the machine. We can find this at the back of the accessory compartment. However, some models allow you access through a small door on the front of the machine. It was first introduced after the drop-in bobbins, but an indispensable machine component for many sewing enthusiasts.

Step 1: Turn off the power. Then lift the needle Inthe top position. You do this by moving the handwheel towards you.

Step 2: Open the lid under the needle board. Now that you have the bobbin case inside, lift the handle and leave the machine.

Step 3: Leave about three to four inches of the wire tail. Place the spool back in the holder.

Step 4: Slide it onto the hook pin while holding the spool holds the bobbin case lever. Release the lever and press firmly into place. Here you have to rely on the user manual to determine which side of the case should face up.

Step 5: Close the bobbin case and start sewing! You will usually hear a’click’sound. It is important to always close the housing after installing the coil. It ensures that external damage does not jeopardize your sewing project.

If you see the bobbin turning clockwise when you pull the thread, congratulations; you have surpassed yourself. An advantage of the preload spool is the ability the wire tension.

Touch the small screw if you need to change the tension. It is on the outside of the bobbin case. However, an important note. Never touch the screw if you do not know how to adjust the tension. What you do on your own is attract fresh problems. It’s difficult to find the right amount of tension to get those quality stitches.

How do you place a top loading (drop-in) coil?

A top or drop-in coil is a newcomer to front-load and for being more beginner friendly. It offers several advantages compared to front loader coils. It is much more painless to thread and offers a cleaner, better stitch quality. You no longer have to estimate how much thread they leave in the bobbin. Thanks to the exact cover that is in the sewing machine.

The drop-in bobbin is especially suitable for novice sewers because of its less complexity. The cover protrudes from the top of the sewing surface of the machine. You can drop it back in or remove it to lie right under the needle area. Browse modern sewing machines and you’ll find that most have a drop-in bobbin.

Step 1: Turn off the master switch. Lift the presser foot.

Step 2: Use the handwheel to raise the needle to the top position. Remove the bobbin cover.

Step 3: Place this together with the thread in the bobbin case. You’ll need to check your manual to see where the wire should go. For example, it could be counterclockwise.

Step 4: Pull the thread as you leave a tail that is about four to five inches.

Step 5: Now, for the last step, change your coil cover.

Again, close the lid when you’re done. And remember that these methods of placing a bobbin in a sewing machine may not be specific. Mainly because of the wide availability of sewing machines. Although they can help you figure out the information, you need to position the coil correctly. As I always recommend, check your owner’s manual for a complete guide.

How much wire does a coil contain?

Er There isn’t one specific answer to this, as certain things affect yardage. These include the speed, tension settings and the size of the wire. Pre-wound bobbins promote accuracy, which is why they often contain more thread than regular ones. for home alternatives you can use up to sixty yards or even more than the standard thread.

Are the sewing machines included bobbins?

Yes and no. Most manufacturers offer many accessories for their products. And these accessories may or may not contain bobbins. However, some offer bobbins as part of the entire package. So you’re lucky if the machine you want to buy already contains a few bobbins. But in most cases, you can only have it as a promotional pack. So if your machine does not have bobbins, buy them separately.

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Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.