Tips about domestic sewing machine bobbins


Dreamer! As sewing lovers, we should know the importance of your domestic sewing machine bobbins, so we’ll let you all know about them in today’s post.

There are 2 types of bobbins for working with a domestic sewing machine. So, first we will share you some highlights to consider metal or plastic bobbins.

The importance of bobbins for your sewing machine regardless of your sewing machine’s brand, you must use bobbins of the same size, shape, and material.

This way, you make sure to obtain perfect stitches and not damage your machine’s mechanism.

Metal bobbins


Metal bobbins comes with fewer imperfections in their manufacture.


If your sewing machine has metal bobbin holders, it’s better to use a metal bobbin.


The metal bobbins have more resistance. You should only avoid storing them in humid places, so they don’t rust.

Plastic bobbins


It’s easier to find imperfections that break the thread on the plastic bobbin.


The thread is easier to see in machines with a horizontal bobbin case, contrary to the metallic ones.


They don’t rust, so you won’t have to worry about humidity.

A real fact is that doesn’t matter the material you select for your domestic sewing machine bobbins… if you don’t wind them in the right way, the thread sure be tangled while sewing.

If the thread of your bobbin forms knots, or doesn’t sew, stay here and check this info that will help you so much.

No more tangled sewing machine bobbins

1. These problems with the thread could be from a badly winding bobbin. Check that your bobbin thread is free of knots and wind your bobbin slowly for better results.


Check this simple step-by-step on how to achieve a perfect winding.

Winding a bobbin is quick and easy when you follow the instructions of this step-by-step.


Always wind the bobbin before threading the machine and needle.


If your machine is a recent model, the bobbin will be wound automatically.


But if your sewing machine is an older model and the thread tangles unevenly, you can guide it with your finger.

  • Just be careful not to catch the thread.

To illustrate, if you prefer it, here we share the video tutorial. And if you are looking for more sewing tips, sewing essentials or step-by-step projects, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel!

Another option (ONLY if you have an embroidery-sewing machine) could be a prewound bobbins, these are excellent if you are starting an embroidery business.

This will save you a lot of time, your embroidery quality will always be the same thanks to the thickness of the thread and its uniform tension.

2. Rethread the upper thread and ensure you do it correctly. Remember always check your user’s manual.


3. If you already checked the first two options and the thread keeps tangling, it can be the continuous use of the sewing machine, and you have to clean the bobbin case.

  • It’s recommended that you continuously clean this area with a brush and tweezers to remove threads, lint, and dirt.

4. Once clean, remember to oil it. So the bobbin thread will run efficiently without any problems.


Plus tip*

When using thick thread on the sewing machine, thread only the needle (Check that the gauge of the needle is adequate for the thread thickness. And fill the bobbin spool with 100% thread polyester.

If you already checked the thread tension, and the needle, or you’ve already reviewed the points we told you before, and they seem to be okay…

Then must be the bobbin case the one you have to change. Some wear and tear is normal when using many times the sewing machine.

Vertical and horizontal bobbin case


Have you ever asked yourself what’s the difference between having a sewing machine with a vertical bobbin case and one with a horizontal bobbin case?

There are in the market sewing machines with vertical and horizontal bobbin cases; the bobbin case position doesn’t have any affect when you sew.

But you should know that the sewing machines with vertical bobbin cases have better precision in the stitch alignment.

This is because of the privileged position of their bobbin and thread.

Vertical bobbin case


It’s removable.


The bobbin is placed clockwise.


It can be adjusted by moving the screw.

Horizontal bobbin case


It’s not removable, the bobbin must be placed directly on the bobbin case.


The bobbin is placed counterclockwise.


Tension can’t be adjusted.

Storing sewing bobbins is a mess?


Keep you sewing bobbins organized with these bobbin storage easy ideas and accessories we prepared for you… ready? let’s to know them!

Stack 'n store bobbin tower

This is a very helpful Liv’s brand accessory! You can store all kinds of bobbins and maybe this will be the first time our bobbins keep in place.

Its design is lovely and allows you to see the color of all bobbins.

Maintain the order by using a ribbon

If you want to store the thread and its bobbin shade together, please try this easy idea.

A ribbon passes through the bobbin hole and place it around of the thread cone, using the reel to tie.

Bobbin organizer clip

Another accessory by Liv’s brand we tested, is this bobbin organizer clip.

It easily stores spools of thread with their bobbins of the same color. Don’t lose yourself between shades.

This clip fits on all brand of domestic sewing and embroidery thread spools.

Just use a ring!

You can find these metallic rings easily in the market. With them, you will always keep your bobbins near and in perfect condition.


Sewing bobbin clamps

If you are tired of seeing tangled threads in your spools and are looking to put order, this accessory will be perfect for you!

Liv’s brand made for us the best and useful accessories for our bobbins.

A toe separator?

Have you ever think about this idea?

If you have many bobbins and you don’t have any idea how to store them… use your pedicure toe separator.


There are endless ideas and tips to keep the order in your sewing room. Today was the time of the domestic sewing machine bobbins.

We know that it’s chaos when we use several bobbins when working, tell us in the comments how you store yours!

We hope you enjoyed this post and try these tips.

See you in another post! And… bye for now!

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