bobbin + bobbin case
I forgot to post this as part of my Jersey Girl post, so here it is.
The most useful thing I learned in my industrial sewing course is how to properly deal with the bobbin and bobbin case. Actually, my teacher used to refer to the two together as if they were one word. Bobbinbobbincase. Tutorials online always show you how to put bobbin in the case, slide the thread out the side, and bring it up to the top of the machine, so I’m sure you all know how to do that. But does the bobbin have to go clockwise? counter-clockwise? does it matter? It does. Has your tension ever been off for no particular reason? It’s probably because you have your bobbin in upside-down.
So here’s how to do it.
Put your bobbin into the bobbin case, and pull the thread around and through the little slot so it’s locked into place. First off, you should be able to suspend your bobbinbobbincase by that thread without it spinning out of control. If it is spinning out of control, you can tighten the screw on the side of the case. Now, with the window part of your bobbin facing up, pull the thread (that you’ve properly hooked through the slot) upwards. Your bobbin should be spinning counter-clockwise, or to the left. If it isn’t, flip that bad boy upside down and try again!