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Bobbin Rescue!

by Sarah

Bobbins get a bad rep in the sewing world. They’re a tad bit sensitive, but with the right steps, you’ll be an expert. Whether you’re getting a crazy thread nest or messy stitches, there are a few ways to prevent bobbin mishaps and keep you sewing.

If our tips and tricks didn’t work, leave us a message in the comment section below. We’ll try our best to figure out what’s going on. Happy sewing!

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Christina January 15, 2018 - 8:29 pm

Hi, I have a brother nouvelle pq1500s and use it for fmq on a frame. The last project, I went thru three bobbins, something (needle?) seemed to be hitting them and leaving a nick or burr. Do you know what would cause this?

Sarah January 17, 2018 - 10:51 am

Hi! Yes, it usually has to do with the hook timing being off. We recommend taking it to a technician to have the timing corrected.

Mary September 21, 2017 - 9:17 am

Good day dear Sarah, please,its my singer 4526 C machine .I was trying to clean it but the shuttle which accommodates the riler just removed and I don’t know how to fix it back
Would av love to send d picture but there’s no way to attach d picture here. Thanks for your responses always God bless and reward you.

Sarah September 22, 2017 - 12:30 pm

Hi, Mary! Can you send us a picture to info@sewingpartsonline.com?

Robert August 28, 2016 - 5:20 pm

Hello! I am halfway through oiling and cleaning my sewing machine when I noticed what lookes like fabric/cotton/fibers in the center hole hole under the bobbin case. I’m told to oil in that hole, but I just don’t know if that is supposed to be in there or if I should pull it out! This is the Singer 2639. Thanks for your advice!

Ellen August 29, 2016 - 9:23 am

Hello Robert

You’re probably seeing the oiling cord. It’s located just beneath the bobbin.

Jim December 21, 2016 - 7:49 am

I inherited a White 571 and found the operating manual on the Singer website. Now that was lucky! I THINK I have it threaded correctly and the bobbin threaded/inserted correctly as well. I have monkeyed around with the tensions but while I am flying blind here, it doesn’t seem to make any difference.
Unless I initially hold the thread tails, I end up with a loop of needle thread that comes out/gets stuck when I try to remove the fabric. Actually, in order to even be able to remove the fabric, I have to cut the needle thread and then pull the bobbin thread and extra tail of needle thread attached to the cloth to the side. I left the bobbin area closure open to try to view how or where the thread is becomeing looped but can’t really see the problem.
If I hold the threads behind, this doesn’t happen. I have been youtubing looking for a solution but things such as timing would seem unlikely if all is well when simply holding the tails
I am envious of the non tail holding population that can simply sit and sew.
Any thoughts?

Sarah December 21, 2016 - 11:37 am

Hi Jim! It sounds like you have a burr on your bobbin, bobbin case, needle, or needle plate. OR you may have a thread nest hidden behind the bobbin case. Try running the tip of your finger along the bobbin, bobbin case, and needle plate to see if you can feel a burr. Even the slightest nick will cause problems. If you find a burr, these parts will fit your machine:
Bobbin Case: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bobbin-case-universal-jo1313zw.aspx
Bobbin: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bobbins-class-15-metal-10-pack.aspx
Needles: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/white-568-sewing-machine-parts.aspx#filter:ptype_gmcfeed_1:$2520Needles
The needle plate is no longer available. If you find a burr, you can sand it down with fine sand paper.

Jim December 21, 2016 - 4:13 pm

Thanks Sarah. I took of the needle plate and watched for the “catch”. Turns out my novice status must really be evident. What I learned is that unless the machine was stopped with the needle in full up position, the bobbin cycle for the next stitch was already in play and the upper thread taken up. By moving the handwheel, I was able to see (and now feel) where the thread is released. At that point, I can remove the fabric. I will carefully examine the components as you suggest but I think mine was an error of a novice. Thanks again.

Christina West May 31, 2016 - 1:45 pm


I ha e a Janome DC1018. All of a sudden, in the middle of sewing, my machine started making a popping sound, and it is no longer making any stitches . After further investigation, I realized that it was due to the bobbin jumping up and hitting the cover of the plate. What’s happening is the top thread is going down, catching on the hook like it’s supposed to, but then the thread is going UNDER the bobbin (rather than around and catching the bobbin thread) and is making the bobbin literally jump up. My tension is right, Ive changed out so many bobbins, rethreaded, and I’ve taken it in to get cleaned. I even had a repair man look at it and he said he can’t figure it out! The timing is right on it, too. Without a bobbin in the case, all the mechanics work perfectly. Any thoughts??

Ellen June 1, 2016 - 8:54 am

Hello Christina!

I spoke with our technician here and he’s seen this problem before and suggests that you try a new bobbin case and be sure you’re using the correct bobbins. For your convenience, here is a link to the parts page for the Janome DC1018: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/janome-dc1018-parts.aspx

Maria Agustina March 23, 2016 - 9:02 pm

Hi Sarah!! The spool pin of my singer 6318 broke and i can’t find a replacement anywhere, cause is not longer available!! Do you think there is any other solution to this?!! Thank you!!

Sarah G. March 24, 2016 - 7:08 am

Oh no! Don’t panic – you can use a independent thread stand instead, like this one https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/thread-stand-alphasew-27449-uth.aspx

Renee' Johnson February 19, 2016 - 4:45 pm

Hi, I have a Singer model # 211 G 155 . The bobbin thread gets stuck sometimes on the latch that holds the bobbin in.Most of the time I can get the threads out when it wads up, but not this time the needle want move with the dog feed plate in place.
I need to know how to take the bobbin shuttle out .I am scared to loosen the small screws because I am not sure this is the correct way to do this,
Please Help.
Thanks in advance. I have learned some things from some of these post before mine,

Ellen April 7, 2016 - 9:16 am

Hello Renee. There should be two small arms that are holding the race cover on, if you’ll turn them outward and remove the race cover the shuttle should just pull out.

Shonta February 22, 2015 - 6:06 am

Hi Sarah!
I just purchased a singer sewing machine 5400. When I try to thread the bobbin it either the thread breaks or it does a pyramid. I haven’t sewn in years and wanted to get back into it can you please help me? Thank you

Sarah February 25, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Hi Shonta! There could be a couple different problems. Are you able to take a picture of how you have it threaded and what the bobbin “pyramid” looks like? You can send it to sarah@sewingpartsonline.com and we can go through it step by step.

Debby February 21, 2015 - 6:50 pm

I have a Necchi 535FA. I just finished watching your tutorial and although informative I don’t think it addressed my problem. In the video you stated that the needle thread should go all the way around the bobbin. Well, mine crosses over the middle of the bobbin and gets hung up either on the spool (when there is no bobbin in place) or on the the bobbin case with the bobbin installed. I checked my needle, threading, plate, etc and cannot figure out why it is doing this. It causes the needle to jam and get stuck after the first few stitches. I was gliding along on the same project when this suddenly happened. Any thoughts? Thanks so much.

Sarah February 25, 2015 - 7:22 pm

HI Debby! I’m not entirely sure what’s going on with your bobbin; there might be a mechanical problem. We have an awesome repair tech whom might be able to help. If you call us and ask for Dennis, he should be able to help.

Phaedra July 30, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Debby, I would love to know what happened with your Necchi 535FA top thread problem. Mine has just started doing the same thing. Did you ever solve the problem, and if so, how?

Vicky beard February 20, 2015 - 5:55 pm

I have a Pfaff Passport and when the bobbin starts to get about 1/4 empty, it will now sew correctly, it only works well on a full bobbin. Would the ‘magic genie bobbin’. Help? Apparently it is a weight issue since it is a top loading bobbin. Very frustrating!

Sarah February 25, 2015 - 7:20 pm

Hi Vicky! Definitely sounds like it should work – give it a-go! If it doesn’t, you can always return it.

Jamie Bekri February 10, 2015 - 9:24 am


Thank you so much for your advice regarding bobbins. I have so many lace projects i would love to do and have cringed at the thought of the bobbin nest.. I love this site.

Jamie Bekri February 10, 2015 - 9:23 am


Thank you so much for your tips on bobbin threading. You are going to save me so much time and frustration.

Kathy Nunemaker January 11, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Hi Sarah, I have a curvy singer machine(8770) that is only 1 year and 2 months old. I was sewing and the bobbin thread became caught under the plate. I cut it off and decided to go ahead and clean it. Afterwards, it quit working. It will not pick up the bobbin thread or sew. It is threaded right and the bobbin is in right. Any suggestions?

Sarah January 12, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Hi Kathy! I’ve had that happen a few times before. First, double check to make sure the bobbin filler isn’t engaged. If that doesn’t fix it, we have to do a bit of investigating. If you take the bobbin cover off and turn the hand wheel towards your body a full rotation. Does the needle thread wrap around the bobbin and catch the bobbin thread?

Cristina W. September 15, 2014 - 5:42 pm

Hi Sarah: I have a problem with my sewing machine, it is a Confidence 7463, the fabric got stock, and I removed it, and try again and the thread from the bobbin didn’t pick up. So I cleaned it, change the needle, re-thread it, change the bobbin and nothing worked. What should I do? I will really appreciate your comment. Thank you.

Sarah September 19, 2014 - 11:40 am

Hi Cristina! I’m so sorry you are having trouble! I have that machine, as well. May I ask what type of fabric you are sewing and what tension setting you are using? Also, have you tried pulling up the bobbin thread through the needle plate before you start sewing?

Eve LaForte April 2, 2014 - 4:00 am

Do feed dogs need to be down when using walking foot?

Sarah April 4, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Hi Eve! You definitely want the feed dogs up to assist in pulling the bottom layer of fabric. Good Luck!

sophie December 14, 2013 - 10:18 pm

I broke the spool pin tip in singer 2502 machine. How do I remove it from the hole that holds the spool?

Sarah December 20, 2013 - 8:42 am

Hi Sophie! Your machine should be 2-3 screws from the top, then the hole top comes off in 1 piece. There should be a metal clip holding it from the bottom.

Anita Gilliam November 28, 2013 - 4:20 pm

Can you tell me how to put the 2 shuttle body parts back into my Necchi 535FA sewing machine? My needle stuck in the project I was sewing so I went into bobbin case and removed the bobbin and when that didn’t help, I removed the shuttle body. That got my needle to raise up out of my fabric but I can’t keep the 2 pieces back in properly.

Sarah December 3, 2013 - 9:10 am

Hi Anita! Do you have the service manual for your machine? That is probably the best bet on how to fix it. If you don’t, we can email you a copy for free. Would you like us to do that?

Pam Garski October 28, 2013 - 5:48 pm

You are a great teacher. Thanks, very helpful.

Sarah Forrester October 18, 2013 - 7:00 am

Thanks for the video. I would like to sew with elastic thread, and sew elastic in general. I am paranoid that I will mess up my timing. ( I have done this once already) I have a bottom loading bobbin. Any tips in addition to the bobbin case tightening tip? Your videos are always so well done, by the way)

Sarah October 23, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Hi Sarah! What is the brand of your sewing machine? I can look up the machine and see any tips and tricks or steps for sewing with elastic in the bobbin.

Mary Ann Miller September 26, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Thank you for this outstanding video. It is very helpful.

Deborah A. Himelhoch September 22, 2013 - 7:42 pm

This was a very informative video. I will keep in mind the tension suggestion. I have a 30 year old Singer which works great if I use Gutermann 100% cotton thread, but snarls if I use another brand (e.g. Aurafill) or a synthetic fiber. These threads are fine for the needle as long as I don’t change the bobbin thread. I use genuine Singer bobbins (purchased from Sewing Parts Online) and have had my machine overhauled by a good local repairman. Any thoughts?

Sarah September 23, 2013 - 3:01 pm

Hi Ms. Deborah! We’ve been repairing machines for 17 years and we’d love to dive in and give it a few thoughts. Would you mind telling me the model of your Singer machine? We may have come across this issue before and would love to give some suggestions!

Anna Jenkins September 19, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Thank you I’m glad you said something about the foot plate that seems to be my problem. Also with the elastic thread I was going crazy now I know I can tighten the bobbin. Thank you again.

Sarah September 19, 2013 - 3:24 pm

My pleasure! Glad we could help!

Paulette September 19, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Too fabulous, I just had this problem – having to remove the bobbin casing and how to put it back was complicated, this happened just two days ago.

Love your instructions you are so clear and the video is great – thanks. I will be looking at these more often.

Rose September 26, 2014 - 12:58 pm

My singer model 93220,took bobbin out to clean under it ,can’t get the bobbin to fit back down in it , where it sew it hits . does not want to fit low enough in side. could you help. Thank You.

Sarah October 16, 2014 - 2:35 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having trouble. I’m not sure why the bobbin wouldn’t fit back in. Can you send a photo so I can see what’s going on?

Pamela Sparling September 19, 2013 - 6:10 am

How do solve the problem of uneven bobbin winding of thread? Thanks.

Sarah September 19, 2013 - 1:22 pm

You want to make sure the thread is coming off the spool evenly. So, if I have a particular spool that snags or gets wrapped around the spool holder, I will use my fingers to help guide the thread off the spool. It has to be feed consistently, without any hiccups. I hope that helps. If your not sure what I mean, send me an email (sarah@sewingpartsonline.com) and I can send you a picture demonstrating this technique.

Jan September 18, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Thanks for such a helpful video!

Sarah September 19, 2013 - 1:29 pm

My pleasure! Thank you for watching!

Tom August 7, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Cant find the link for bobbin rescue for a bottom loaded machine…White 1771

Sarah August 8, 2013 - 9:15 am

Hi Tom! We don’t have a dedicated video for bottom loading machines yet, but the ‘troubleshooting’ is pretty much the same. When you get a nest, take out the case, brush off any lint, reinsert the bobbin case, and adjust the tension. For how to check the bobbin tension, follow this link: https://www.coolcottons.biz/blog/2011/8/4/a-tensioning-trick-you-may-not-know.html
If that link doesn’t answer your question, let me know and we’ll explore further.


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