How to pull up the bobbin thread on a sewing machine

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Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101Hooray! 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!!

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Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101I 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

Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101In all the pictures of this post, the top thread is black and the bobbin thread is red.

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.

  1. Hold the top thread to the left and lower the needle (blue arrow) with the hand wheel on the side of the sewing machine.
  2. Raise the needle (blue arrow) with the hand wheel, and you will see the bobbin thread (red arrow) get pulled in a little.
  3. Gently pull the top thread. This will bring the bobbin thread (red arrow) up.
  4. Pull the bobbin thread all the way up (red arrow).

Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101Then just pull both threads under the presser foot as shown, and you’re ready to sew!

Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101See how the red bobbin thread comes up through the hole in the needle plate? This way it is in position to interlock with the top thread, creating a stitch every time the needle is lowered.

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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Got a new sewing machine? Save yourself much frustration and learn how to pull up the bobbin thread! This avoids a common beginner’s mistake that leads to tangled and broken thread! #bobbin #sewing101

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  1. Ciao Lisa, se posso permettermi un paio di precisazioni da tecnico: pescare i filo inferiore è assolutamente obbligatorio (non è sempre vero) per chi ha una macchina con crochet oscillante, per farci capire da tutti le vecchie Singer e Necchi di 40-50 anni fa. Se non si è molto pratiche anche con un modello che monta il crochet rotativo (orizzontale o verticale) è preferibile pescare il filo come ben descritto nel post prima di iniziare a cucire facendo nel contempo attenzione che il tendifilo sia nella posizione più alta quando si parte con la cucitura. Per le più smaliziate è possibile fare in modo che sia la macchina che peschi il filo avendo l’accortezza di non lasciarlo eccessivamente lungo (max 5-6 cm) dopo i vari passaggi. Un saluto, Marco

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