How to Wind the Bobbin on a Simplicity Sewing Machine

by Gwen Wark

If you're the type of person who drags out the sewing machine once or twice a year to mend a dropped hem or sew a split seam, chances are you need to dig out the instruction manual every time, too. If you've lost the instructions for your sewing machine, those knobs and dials can be quite intimidating. Fortunately, most Simplicity sewing machine models follow the same basic design, so setting the machine up to wind a bobbin involves the same actions on almost any machine.

Items you will need

  • Thread
Step 1

Place the bobbin on the bobbin winding spool on the right-hand side of the top of the machine.

Step 2

Set the machine to bobbin winding mode, disabling the needle motor. Slide the bobbin spool to the right to lock the bobbin against the thread guide; this sets the machine to bobbin winding mode. On newer machines, select the bobbin winding mode from the control panel.

Step 3

Unwind a small leader of thread from the spool of thread and place the spool on the thread peg at the back of the machine.

Step 4

Wind the leader thread around the thread guide located at the front of the machine on the left-hand side. This thread guide provides the right amount of tension for bobbin winding.

Step 5

Insert the leader thread through the hole in the top of the bobbin spool and hold the end of the thread firmly. Depress the sewing machine pedal gently to begin winding the bobbin. Stop when the automatic cutoff stops winding the bobbin or when the bobbin is full of thread.

Step 6

Remove the bobbin from the bobbin spool and trim the leader thread, if it hasn't broken.


  • "Simplicity Fashion Plus S180"

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