How to Wind the Bobbin for an Elna 1010 Sewing Machine

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Things You'll Need

  • Thread
  • Scissors

A bobbin is the part of the sewing machine that holds the lower thread. When you sew on a sewing machine, the upper thread and lower thread lock to form a stitch. The Elna 1010 is a basic, entry-level sewing machine with everything a beginning seamstress needs. Winding the bobbin on an Elna 1010 is similar to winding the bobbin on other Elna machines.

Plug in your Elna 1010 and turn the sewing machine on.

Place a spool of thread in the thread holder, and put the machine's needle at the highest position by turning the balance wheel. Hold the balance wheel and pull the stop motion knob on the balance wheel toward you until it clicks into place.

Guide the thread from the spool through the hook next to the spool, called the top cover thread guide. Make sure the thread does not cross over itself.

Guide the thread around the bobbin winder thread guide, which is located at the far left of the spool holder and looks like a screw sticking out of the top of the sewing machine. Wind the thread over the guide toward you so it does not cross over on itself.

Remove the empty bobbin from the machine or get a new bobbin.

Insert the end of the thread into the hole in the bobbin from the inside to the outside, and place the bobbin on the bobbin winder spindle with the thread sticking up. Lock the bobbin winder in place by pushing it to the right.

Hold the thread and press on the foot pedal lightly so the bobbin winds. Remove your foot from the foot pedal and trim the thread sticking out of the top close to the bobbin with scissors. Press down on the foot pedal again and continue winding the bobbin. Once the bobbin is done winding, it will stop. Remove the bobbin from the bobbin winder and cut the remaining end of thread from the bobbin.

Place the bobbin back into the bobbin holder under the Elna 1010's thread plate.


About the Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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