I just started using this sewing machine that was my grandmother's and had looked unsuccessfully for a manual in the past--thanks! I'm a non-sewer guy but am mechanically skilled, nothing was very obvious except what I remembered from when I was a kid(the foot button the lever for the depressor foot). Now I am stuck. :) How is the bobbin threaded? I have it in the casing right, understand how that is re-installed, but am unclear on how to thread it back out/through the rest. (I was however able to see from your pics that it exits the plate in that center hole/slot.) I am trying to make a dog jacket w/nylon polyfill. :) Thanks in adv.
November 9, 2011 5:20 PM
This comment was posted on my original Necchi Lelia 513 post. Behold... "how to wind a bobbin"my first attempt at making a movie.
It was quite a challenge to run the sewing machine and the camera at the same time. I stopped shooting the movie to cut the thread off. So "how to wind a bobbin" became a two part movie all 60 seconds of it.
The thread is the behind the bobbin is coming off a large cone on a stand.
The thread guide located at the middle in the top of the machine has a little piece of metal on top and what looks like plastic underneath. The thread passes between the plastic and the metal top.
This is really important to ensure the bobbin fills evenly. Otherwise, it will not pull off the bobbin smoothly when sewing.
The bobbin case is really quite neat.
The little piece pointing upward is the finger.
Here I have raised the centre lever on the back of the bobbin case that locks the bobbin into position in the sewing machine.
My experience with all sewing machines is that if either the upper needle or the bobbin is not threaded correctly, the machine will not sew period.
The bobbin should be loaded into the bobbin case so that the thread pulls off the bobbin counter clockwise. This is what the bobbin looks like threaded in the bobbin casing before loading into the machine. Follow the guide in the bobbin casing to draw the thread up and through the bobbin casing spring.
The small lever on the opposite side of the my thumb is used to secure the bobbin casing in the sewing machine.
Normally the bobbin is loaded by opening the bed plate beside the needle plate. For these photos I tipped the machine up to provide a better view of the bobbin area.
On this machine the bobbin casing finger fits into place at about the 12 o'clock position.
Release the centre lever to lock the bobbin in position
I used blue thread in the in bobbin and hot pink thread in needle. I always load the bobbin first, then thread the the upper tension disks and needle.
With the needle in its highest position and the presser foot up, follow the thread guides on the machine in order stated in the manual.
Make sure to pass the thread between the tension disks and through the tension spring. The needle on the Necchi Lelia is threaded from left to right.
With the needle threaded, hold the end of the needle thread and turn the wheel towards you, the needle thread will pull up the bobbin thread.
Next, slide something (seam ripper) between the presser foot and the needle plate to separate the upper and lower threads and completely pull up the lower bobbin thread end.
Now for the fun part. Always test your stitches before sewing anything.
This is where I find using two thread colours works well to adjust the tension.
If the machine is not sewing good stitches, first re-thread everything again. If that doesn't fix the problem change the needle. If that doesn't fix it then start slowly adjusting the upper tension. One last thing if the machine keeps leaving giant loops of upper thread on the bottom side even after increasing the upper tension to the maximum setting, then the lower tension spring on the bobbin casing is too loose. There is a tiny screw on the bobbin casing that needs to be tightened. Jenny at sew classic has an excellent tutorial on setting the tension. http://blog.sew-classic.com/2009/01/13/tension-is-it-getting-to-you.aspx
That's all for now. Anonymous I do hope this post is helpful and that you will comment again so we know how you made out.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
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1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.