One thing you’d have to accept as a sewer is that sewing machine issues are inevitable. If you’re using a Singer sewing machine especially, one problem you may encounter is the bobbin holder coming out.
It may seem complicated, but it’s totally fixable. Having had my fair share of mishaps involving the bobbin holder in the past, I’ll be sharing my top solution in this article.
Singer Sewing Machine Bobbin Holder Came Out?
This problem usually occurs when you remove the bobbin holder and try to place it back. If it does not fit, it’s probably due to several reasons including dirt, worn-out bobbin cases or wrong bobbin cases for the machine model. The most common cause of this problem is when the bobbin holder’s finger isn’t placed in the small groove located in the needle plate. The best solution, therefore, is to ensure your bobbin holder finger is perfectly fitted in the needle plate.
There are several reasons why your Singer sewing machine’s bobbin holder won’t stay put. Let’s look at the problems and how they can be eliminated.
How to Fix a Bobbin Holder
- You Are Not Using The Real Deal – First, ask yourself if the bobbin is compatible with your machine. If it is not the correct bobbin holder, it won’t be good enough to keep your sewing intact.
- The Direction Of The Bobbin – This depends on the sewing machine you’re working with. The standard direction that your bobbin should face for a Singer sewing machine is out clockwise. Always ensure that the bobbin is set up in the right direction and that the thread of the bobbin is pointing in the same direction as the bobbin holder turns.
- Positioning The Bobbin-winding Spindle – After you have finished winding the bobbin, return its spindle to its initial position otherwise the needle will not pick up on your bobbin thread. Remember to keep your presser foot up while you do this.
- Lint: If you’re not in the habit of cleaning your bobbin holder regularly, an accumulation of lint can lead to various issues, topmost of which is the bobbin holder not fitting perfectly in its place. To fix this problem, simply take out the bobbin holder and clean off the lint accumulated. Consider cleaning the entire machine too, as this helps make your work neater and more seamless. Finally, note that after cleaning, you should put all elements back in its secure position.
- Wrong Threading – If the thread does not pass through its side slot in the bobbin holder before being inserted through to the needle, chances are you did not thread properly. You need the upper and lower thread on the bobbin holder to be in synergy otherwise your work will look uneven and tacky.
- Tangling: Prevent your thread from getting entangled while winding the bobbin. The best way to do this is by feeding the thread through winding tension disks to keep the thread taut in its place. Otherwise, the machine will not pick up the bobbin thread.
- Using The Wrong Needle – Asides the fact that your needle needs to be set precisely in its slot, double-check to ensure that the needle is in perfect condition as well as the right size for your machine. The size of the needle should be medium. Also, this size may fluctuate based on the fabric you are using.
- Length Of The Bobbin Thread: The bobbin thread must be about 3-4 inches in length. Also, check that the thread was wound correctly around the bobbin holder.
- Regular Servicing Of Your Machine – Ensure you take your machine for full servicing regularly every 6-12 months.
- Condition Of The Bobbin – I have gone on about what to do to keep the bobbin holder from slipping out, but the most important factor is that your bobbin must be in excellent working condition. When using plastic bobbins, for instance, inspect for cracks and other defects. If found “guilty,” replace the bobbin holder with a new bobbin and thread.
- Noises From The Bobbin Holder- If you constantly experience weird noises in your bobbin holder, refer to tip 4 and clean your holder properly!
- Loose Bobbin Holder – It is almost always likely that the reason your bobbin holder feels loose is that the bottom plate of your machine is loose and needs to be tightened. If you do this and the situation does not change, try checking that the bobbin holder is inserted properly. If you hear a click when you insert, it means that it’s sitting in the right place.
How To Use a Bobbin Holder?
- Every brand-new sewing machine comes with a user manual. Here, you will find instructions on what bobbin is compatible with your machine. Each bobbin is specifically designed for a particular sewing machine. If you use a different one, it is likely to damage your tension settings as well as your machine.
- If you are working on a big sewing project, keep yourself extra prepared by winding at least three bobbins in advance. This way, you don’t have to pause your sewing to wind a new bobbin, thus disrupting your flow. This is an excellent time-saver!
- I feel the need to stress this tip again: when cleaning your sewing machine, do not leave out the bobbin holding. Wipe as thoroughly as possible on a regular basis. The cleaner your machine, the less likely it is to give you trouble.
- There is no such thing as “too many” when it comes to buying bobbins. Purchase as many as your budget can contain because you’re always going to need them. Therefore, whenever you are shopping for sewing materials, get used to including random packs of bobbins.
- Some machines are set for a light plastic bobbin while others are for its metal counterpart. Either of these bobbins requires a precise tension setting and one cannot be used to substitute the other. You can check the tension of your bobbin by holding it hanging by its thread. That way, you can determine whether the tension needs to be adjusted or not.
- Do not fill your bobbin too tightly otherwise, it will end up towering your machine and will not give you the desired results
- Always ensure the cut the thread tail off while sewing so that it wouldn’t get tangled with the top thread and the bobbin thread.
- In the spirit of keeping things clean and tidy around your workstation, consider getting some manicure separators the next time you’re shopping. They are perfect for storing bobbins and helping them sit pretty in your drawer. Also, you can organize your bobbins in ice cube trays too! Yet another cost-effective solution for holding your bobbins and threads together is by using a simple rubber band.
- Take your bobbins with you wherever you go by getting a pill holder for this purpose. It has several compartments and a snap closure that keeps your bobbins sitting tight while you are in transit.
- When in doubt, rethread! If you notice a glitch in your sewing, rethread first. Then, take out the bobbin and inspect the thread to be sure it hasn’t tangled and is running smoothly.
Bonus tip: Mishaps happen no matter how strictly you adhere to the “rules” so pace yourself. The only tension you need to experience while sewing is the tightening of your settings. In order to get the best out of your work, prepare yourself for the problems and learn new creative ways to tackle it with minimal stress!
Bobbins are mankind’s blessing for securing your stitching while feeding the thread through your machine. With the tips that we have carefully curated and highlighted above, your stitching experience just got a lot easier and better. Happy stitching!
My sewing machine keeps making a grinding noise?
This is usually a sign that your machine is rubbing. The best solution is to apply some oil to your machine’s mechanical parts.
What is the difference between a bobbin case and a bobbin holder?
There is no difference between a bobbin case and a bobbin holder. Both words mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably.