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Hooray! You have a new sewing machine! This is such an important time, and you have so much fun and creativity to look forward to! But hold your horses; before you jump into sewing, make sure you read the manual to your sewing machine to learn how to properly thread it and insert the bobbin. Then make sure you learn how to pull up the bobbin thread, which will save you much frustration!!
I get emails every day from readers who have questions about how to sew something or how to fix technical problems. One question that I get over and over is why the thread is bunching and tangling up under the fabric. Luckily, the answer is simple: they need to fish up the bobbin thread.
When you first insert the bobbin, the thread will stick up through a crack in the bobbin cover as you can see above. If this is how your thread looks, you are NOT ready to sew! You still need to fish the bobbin thread up. Learn how in this video, or continue to read below.
How to pull up the bobbin thread
First thread the sewing machine and insert the bobbin as per your manual. Make sure that the top thread passes through and under the presser foot.
- Hold the top thread to the left and lower the needle (blue arrow) with the hand wheel on the side of the sewing machine.
- Raise the needle (blue arrow) with the hand wheel, and you will see the bobbin thread (red arrow) get pulled in a little.
- Gently pull the top thread. This will bring the bobbin thread (red arrow) up.
- Pull the bobbin thread all the way up (red arrow).
Wasn’t that simple? But sometimes it’s the most simple things that make the most difference! And now that you know how to pull up the bobbin thread, you can start sewing all sorts of fantastic projects!
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