How To Fill The Bobbin On A Brother Sewing Machine

Sewing machines are often an incredible asset to anyone looking to start, maintain, or expand their sewing skills. Learning how to operate and maintain a sewing machine, however, is critical to ensuring consistent and successful projects. Among the most important sewing machine processes, understanding how to properly thread and fill the bobbin on a Brother sewing machine is particularly important. This article will outline the simple steps and materials needed in order to successfully fill the bobbin on a Brother sewing machine.

The most important and often overlooked step in the bobbin-filling process is to ensure the bobbin is evenly threaded with the correct type and size of thread. As with any other process or operation involving a sewing machine, the bobbin tension should be properly adjusted for each bobbin type. Lighter thread, for example, will require more tension than heavier thread. Additionally, it is important to pay attention to the type of thread being used. Brother sewing machines may work with any brand of thread, however, some brands may need to be specially formulated for use in a Brother sewing machine. Once the bobbin and thread have been matched and prepared, the bobbin-filling process can begin.

Before a bobbin can be filled on a Brother sewing machine, the spool pin and bobbin lever must be placed in the correct position. After doing so, place the bobbin onto the spool pin and position the bobbin-thread clamp against the bobbin. Next, take the thread and pull it through the small hole on the clamp, then guide it around the bobbin and move it clockwise back to the clamp. Pull the thread through the addiitonal hole in the clamp and down towards the bottom of the bobbin. Next, hold the bobbin in your right hand and with your left, turn the hand wheel on the right side of the machine to ensure that the bobbin is turning. Adjust the pressure on the thread to ensure that the thread is not too tight or too loose.

Once your bobbin has made a few rotations and the thread is feeding from the bottom, hold the end of the thread in your left hand and slowly turn the hand wheel in the counterclockwise direction until a small loop of thread appears on the underside of the sewing machine. Remove the loop of thread and use a small clip or pin to secure the thread in its place. Once the loop of thread is removed, you can be sure that the thread has been properly threaded through the machine. The last important step is to ensure that the bobbin is correctly inserted into the bobbin case.

In order to ensure that the bobbin is correctly inserted into the bobbin case, first position the bobbin vertically in the bobbin case and make sure that the thread is securely inserted into the tension spring. Then, take the bobbin and flip it so that the thread is facing downward and the front of the bobbin is facing the front of the machine. Finally, secure the bobbin in place with a small clip. Now that the bobbin is properly in place, the bobbin should feed smoothly and fill with thread as the machine stitches.

By following these simple steps, users can easily ensure that their sewing projects are successful. With the correct preparation and use of the correct thread, bobbin-filling on Brother sewing machines is a fast and easy process.

Safety Precautions

It is important to note that when using a sewing machine there are a few safety precautions to take. Always check the floor around your machine for loose thread, needles, pins and other materials that could present a safety hazard. Additionally, before commencing any operation on a sewing machine, it is wise to read the instructions carefully as to familiarize oneself with the particular features of the sewing machine used. Finally, unplug the machine when it is not in use to reduce the risk of an accident.


While the above instructions may apply to many Brother sewing machines, it is important to remember that each model has different features and thus, may require slightly varying instructions. Therefore, prior to commencing any operation on a Brother sewing machine, it is important to familiarize oneself with the exact model in use, as well as the instructions that accompany it.


In addition to the previously mentioned thread and bobbin-filling supplies, there are a number of accessories available that can make the bobbin-filling process smoother and easier. Bobbin cases, threading guides, and even magnetic bobbin holders can be helpful in ensuring that bobbins are filled properly and efficiently. Additionally, these accessories can also work to reduce the likelihood of accidents while using the sewing machine.


In addition to the bobbin-filling process, it is also important to maintain your sewing machine. Brother sewing machines should be regularly serviced by a qualified technician in order to ensure that all parts are working correctly and safely. Additionally, after every few uses, it is also wise to check the bobbin tension and make any necessary adjustments.


Cleaning your Brother sewing machine is also an important step in the maintenance process. Make sure to unplug the machine from the power source before beginning and never use water when cleaning the outside of the machine. Instead, use a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust. It is also a good idea to oil the needle bar, feed dogs and other moving parts before beginning a long sewing session.


Threading the needle is another crucial process in the bobbin-filling process. First, make sure to check if the correct size and type of needle is being used. Once the correct needle has been chosen, insert it into the needle bar, making sure that the flat side is facing towards the back of the machine. Then, raise the needle bar and thread it through the threaded eye hole. Finally, pull the thread from the spool and guide it through the thread guides, taking care to not leave any kinks or knots in the thread.


If the bobbin-filling process is not working, it is likely due to a few different potential issues. If the bobbin is not filling with thread, it is possible that the tension spring on the bobbin case needs to be adjusted. It is also possible that the type of thread being used is too heavy, or that the thread is not being properly fed into the tension spring. Another potential issue could be the needle size, as heavy thread may be incompatible with certain needles. Finally, check that the bobbin is properly inserted into the case, as an improperly aligned bobbin can lead to threading problems.

Geoffrey Kirby is an experienced author and sewist who has been creating sewn projects for over 20 years. He has a passion for teaching beginners and inspiring more advanced sewists both online and through his writings. Outside of writing about sewing, Geoffrey loves to explore new techniques and styles of sewing that incorporate upcycling fabric remnants into sweet items with personality.

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