Threading & Winding a Bobbin
You can go to a sewing machine dealer for a new machine if you have the skills. We’re going to start by threading up the machine and winding a bobbin. Take good quality thread that really makes a difference when using a new machine. The quality thread usually cost a little bit more, but it is worth it. If you have older threads, from say grandma’s old machine, they’re not the best thing to put on your brand new sewing machine. Keep that in mind. Quality thread makes a difference for everything you’re doing. Go ahead and raise this up and put your spool of thread on it to wind a bobbin. Let’s just go ahead and take the empty bobbin that came in the machine, on, out. We’re going to follow the picture with the dotted lines for number one here. To wind the bobbin, we’re going to use a small little button, a pretensioner as it’s called, and we’re wrapping the thread clockwise around it. You need to make sure the thread actually gets underneath this little guy. There’s a little bit of pressure on it.
That’s going to help put nice even threads on the bobbin. Just take your bobbin, place it on and again the picture is going to show you how to do that. Wrap the thread once or twice. Then underneath here, there’s a little cutter and holder, and then just pull, the thread will be held. Then go ahead and slide it over to the stopper. As soon as you step on the foot control, that bobbin will begin to wind. Just go ahead and wind a nice full bobbin. When you put my finger on the top of this, so it doesn’t rattle around so much. If your speed control is at low, it’s going to wind slowly. Go ahead and put that to the highest speed. I always start with a full bobbin, unless I’m just doing a little short distance. If you try to guess how much thread you need, you’re always going to run a little short. Always go ahead and do a little longer.
Now these bobbins are specific for this machine. They are considered class 15 bobbins that are plastic. You can get them in metal but don’t mix and match. Make sure the plastic bobbins are the ones that you get. Go ahead and slide that back. That size is available at most any place that will sell sewing machine accessories. Do not take bobbins from older machines that look plastic and put them in this machine. They can be in different heights and different widths and it’s just not a good thing. Always keep the bobbin that you’re supposed to be using. Now we’ll get into a much closer video on how to actually put this bobbin in, but there are little pictures all along the machine of how to do it.
First, take the thread. Make sure the thread is coming off the left side of the bobbin and drop it in. There’s a little grove that you’re going to follow. Put your finger on that bobbin and lay the thread through the groove with the arrows. Bring it up and over. It looks like a little roller coaster to me. Up and over and down. At the bottom, there’s a little cutter. Just pull, the thread wilt be cut. They’ll be held to the perfect length for when this machine starts to sew. Put the door back on and we are done with the bobbin. Next, take the thread. We’re going to unthread it from this little pretensioner.
You’ll notice that it is not used during the regular threading purpose here. You’re going to just take the thread. There’s one little guy on the back side. You’re coming all the way straight down. Do make sure the pressure foot is up, and it is. But just make sure that that foot is not down, otherwise, this little part is not open inside to accept the thread. That’s the tension area. There’s two little disks in there. The thread needs to sink down in there. We’re following straight down, says number two, up at number three, and then we’re going to go over the top of four number four.
You’re coming in on the right side all the way to the back and down on the left. It will hook right into that take up lever. Come all the way down. There is one guy at the top of the needle, make sure you catch that. That puts the thread really close to the needle. Now you have a needle threader on here, hallelujah, and it will pull the thread right on through. Let’s just test it out.
The machine turns on to stitch 00, it’s a straight stitch. Lower the pressure foot down on the fabric and go ahead and step on your foot control. When you see that the threads look the same on the front as they do on the back, let’s me just go ahead and get to the end. Touch the needle up button one time and lift the pressure foot up. Over here there’s a little thread cutter which you can use from front to back, or back to front. Whatever works best for you. Then we have a seam on the front and a seam on the back that looks identical. That means you have threaded the machine correctly.