How to Fix a Singer Sewing Machine Bobbin

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How to Fix a Singer Sewing Machine Bobbin
Some bobbins are generic and can be used in any sewing machine. (shuttle for sewing machine image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

Fixing a bobbin on a Singer sewing machine isn't a maintenance issue, but the settings have to be correct for the bobbin to work. The Singer sewing machine is user-friendly, because of its simplicity of design. Sewing machine maintenance isn't very technical, and some problems are fixed with a small setting adjustment or a drop of sewing machine oil.

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Things you need

  • Bobbin
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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    Set the tension on the sewing machine for the weight of the material you want to sew. The tension setting shows in the stitch on the material. Use the chart on the machine that matches types of stitches with suggested material tensions. An example of this is, the stitch to sew jean material is different than the stitch to sew silk.

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    Take the bobbin and wind the thread around it. Make sure the bobbin is empty and don't fill it too full of thread. A bobbin filled too full won't stay tightly spun.

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    Thread the string evenly on the bobbin. Move the thread back and forth evenly and in layers that are level. Many Singer sewing machines have a bobbin winder on the top of the sewing machine, and the consistency of how it threads can save you frustration later.

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    Find the hole on the bobbin that is located near the inside spindle of the bobbin. Take the thread sitting on the sewing machines spool and insert the thread in the hole from inside the bobbin to the outside. Set the threaded bobbin on the spool designated for spinning on the top of the sewing machine for some Singers.

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    Turn the side drive wheel slowly until the threaded bobbin has a layer or two of thread on it. Push down on the drive peddle and fill the bobbin, but don't thread it to the very edge. If the bobbin is too full the thread will release erratically. Cut the thread from the spool.

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    Drop the bobbin into the bobbin case under the area where the needle sews the material. Close the case and turn by hand the side wheel drive until the bobbin threads into the sewing machine. You can tell when the bobbin is threaded by the tiny piece of thread that juts out of the bobbin case where the needle goes up and down.

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    Grab the thread with your fingers and pull it out approximately 4 inches. Your bobbin is now spun and threaded.

Tips and warnings

  • Never wind one thread over another or a bobbin knotting can occur.
  • The thread will break repeatedly if it is not put on the bobbin evenly.

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