How To Remove Bobbin From Singer Sewing Machine

How to remove bobbin from a Singer Sewing Machine is a task many beginners find challenging. Before attempting to remove the bobbin, familiarise yourself with the bobbin winder, bobbin rewinder, and the machine feet. You must also make sure that the machine is unplugged from the power supply. This is an important safety measure.

Once you are comfortable with the machine and its components, you can begin the process of removing the bobbin. Firstly, you will need to raise the needle bar to the highest point, and unthread the needle. This will allow you to access the front of the bobbin case. Push down the bobbin winder and turn the handwheel on the right side of the machine towards you. This will raise the tension on the needle plate, revealing the bobbin case.

The next step depends on the type of Singer sewing machine you have. If you have an older machine with a slide plate, simply use your fingers to carefully slide it back and the bobbin case should come out. If your machine has a removable case, rotate the handwheel in the opposite direction to loosen the tension on the needle plate to access the bobbin. The bobbin should then be removed easily. If your machine has a drop-in bobbin, you just need to turn the handwheel toward you and a small cover should open and the bobbin should be easily visible. Use your fingertips to carefully remove the bobbin and set it aside.

Once the bobbin is removed, it is important to check for any signs of thread buildup inside the bobbin case. If built-up thread is found, use a lint-free cloth to clean the bobbin case, being careful to not damage the bobbin case. Return the bobbin case making sure to line up correctly the hole in the plate with the notch in the needle plate. Finally, rotate the handwheel to the right so that it locks in firmly.

Maintaining the Bobbin

To keep the bobbin in proper working condition, it should be removed and stored in a lint-free container and should be free from dust. Additionally, the bobbin should be regularly checked for any build-up of threads. If any thread is attached, the bobbin should be cleaned gently with a lint-free cloth. To ensure the bobbin lasts a long time, avoid dropping it.

Threading the Bobbin

Threading the bobbin is essential for a correctly tensioned stitch, and it is also the last step before sewing. To start, unthread the machine as you did before and open the bobbin case. Place the bobbin, with the thread in a counter clockwise direction, and begin threading the machine. Pull the thread up and under the tension spring, then loop it around the bobbin thread guide. Next, pull the thread to the right until it stops and gently draw down, where the thread will then be able to enter the bobbin clip. Check that no extra thread is passed through the needle plate, and thread the bobbin onto the hand wheel.

Replacing the Bobbin

Replacing the bobbin is almost as simple as removing it. First, make sure the needle is unthreaded and push down the bobbin winder. Lift the needle bar and insert the bobbin making sure it is running in a clockwise direction, which will cause the bobbin to come to a stop. Hold onto the thread and turn the hand wheel in the opposite direction to bring the needle back to its starting position. Pull the thread to the right and push the bobbin winder back up and check to make sure the bobbins is held in the case properly. Thread it to ensure the bobbin is spinning in the correct direction, pushing your thumb against the thread to control the speed.

Reposition the Bobbin Case

Once the bobbin is in the correct place, reposition the bobbin case by turning the hand wheel in the opposite direction. When the bobbin case is in the right place, slide the slide plate forward until it checks, making sure the needle plate is correctly aligned. Push the slide plate back, and you are ready to create your design.

Bobbin Troubleshooting

If your machine is giving tension issues, it can be caused by a problem with the bobbin. Check the bobbin for any signs of thread damage, contamination, or a buildup of lint. If your bobbin is damaged, replace it with a new one or check the tension spring for damage. In some cases, rethreading the bobbin can help to remedy the problem.

Storing Your Bobbin

When you are not using your bobbin, it is important to store it properly. To do this, place your bobbin in a lint-free container, away from dust and dirt. This will help make sure it stays in good condition for a longer time. Additionally, when storing your bobbin, make sure to keep it away from direct heat and humidity.


Learning how to remove a bobbin from a Singer sewing machine does not have to be a daunting task. Following these simple steps can help you become a pro in no time. Remember to unplug your machine before attempting to remove the bobbin, and make a habit of picking up a lint-free cloth whenever necessary. If your machine is giving tensioning issues, check the bobbin for any signs of damage and replace or rethread as needed. Most importantly, use caution when handling the bobbin while removing and replacing it.

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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