How To Put A Bobbin In A Pfaff Sewing Machine


Sewing machines are a fantastic invention, allowing for users to be more creative with their craft. They are even more impressive with the ability to easily change the amount of thread and tension of the thread depending on the task in hand. In order to effectively use a sewing machine, you must first learn the basics. One of the most important steps is to be able to put a bobbin in the machine. In this article, we will discuss the steps involved to successfully put a bobbin into a Pfaff sewing machine.

Loading the Bobbin

Before loading a bobbin into a Pfaff sewing machine, be sure to check the manual specific to the model or brand of machine you are using. The Pfaff Sewing Machine Company has been around since 1862 and offers sewing machines of various types. Depending on the machine, the process may vary. Therefore, it is important to read the manual to understand the exact process.

In general to the load a bobbin in a Pfaff sewing machine, you will use the bobbin winder. First, remove the sewing plate cover, then remove the presser foot. Now you should be able to see the bobbin located in the bobbin winder. Next, make sure the spool pin has a spool of thread or embroidery floss positioned correctly.

Next, gently push the bobbin to the left until you feel it make contact with the bobbin winder. Hold the bobbin with one hand, and with the other hand turn the hand wheel toward you until the needle is in the highest position. Push the bobbin to the right; you will here a clicking sound. Next, insert the thread through the tension discs. Gently pull on the thread with the other hand and then press the release button. As you push the bobbin with your hand, you should be able to feel it locking into the bobbin winder.

Setting the Tension

The next step involves setting the tension. You should adjust the tension depending on the type of fabric you are using. If the tension is too high or too low, then it will cause problems like snagged threads leading to poor stitching quality. To adjust the tension, you will move the tension disc to a higher or lower number. You should also test the tension on a scrap piece of fabric before starting the actual garment or item.

Using the Bobbin Thread to Sew

Now you can use the bobbin thread to start sewing. Begin by turning the hand wheel until the needle drops and the bobbin thread begins to show up. Now you can begin to sew, placing the bobbin thread into the feed dog and lower the presser foot. As you sew, be sure to maintain even pressure with the presser foot to ensure the thread is fed properly. If the tension of the thread is correct and the bobbin thread is correctly inserted into the machine, you should have no issues.

Troubleshooting & Care

Sometimes the bobbin thread can get stuck, which may lead to tangled or knotted thread. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of frustration and time-consuming undoing of the knots. To prevent this issue, you should regularly check your threads and the tension. If you encounter this issue, ensure that the bobbin is correctly inserted and that the tension is not set too high or too low. It is also important to keep the machine clean, as this can help to reduce the risk of such issues.

Now that you know how to put a bobbin into a Pfaff sewing machine, you are ready to start creating with your machine. With practice and understanding, you’ll soon be working your way up to designing and creating perfect garments with ease. Good luck!

Types of Bobbin

When buying a sewing machine, it is important to get the correct type of bobbin for the model machine. Pfaff machines use numerous different types of bobbins and it is important to get the correct one. Most recent models use the L class bobbins, which are made from plastic and usually come in white. Older models use the M class bobbins, which are made from metal and usually come in silver; these are more rarely used nowadays.

The size and shape of the bobbin is an important thing to consider when buying a new one, as all sewing machines require a specific size. Additionally, most sewing machines will come with one or two bobbins included. It is recommended to buy an additional set of bobbins if you plan to do a lot of sewing, as it is a good idea to have a few to hand in case of any issues.

Additional Accessories

For some models there are additional accessories that can make using a sewing machine much easier. A bobbin case is a great addition to any sewing machine that uses bobbin thread, as it helps to maintain good tension and keep the thread from tangling. Additionally, there are thread nets which cover the bobbin thread, allowing for easy threading of the needle as well as helping to maintain the tension.

For more delicate pieces of fabric, a special bobbin holder called a needle shield can help to reduce the risk of snags and loops. This is basically a plastic case that fits over the bobbin and has a hole for the needle to pass through, helping to keep the bobbin thread in place when traversing through fabric.


Putting a bobbin into a Pfaff sewing machine can be a relatively simple task if you are familiar with the machine and its functions. This is why it is so important to read the manual and any safety instructions before trying to insert a bobbin. Depending on the model, different machines may require different steps so be sure to read the manual for the specific model of machine you are using.

When selecting a bobbin, it is worth noting the size and shape of one appropriate to the machine you have, as different machines will require different types. Additionally, there are several accessories such as needle shields and thread nets that can be bought to further help with sewing projects. With this guide, you now have the knowledge you need to be able to use a bobbin in a Pfaff sewing machine with confidence.

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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