In this video tutorial I’ll be showing you how to thread a bobbin Janome sewing machine style.

In a previous tutorial I did an unboxing for the Stirling by Janome Sewing Machine, which turns out is the same as the Elna 1000, Janome JR 1012 and the Janome New Home Arctic Crystal / Blue Couture / Pink Sorbet sewing machines. So this tutorial can be relevant for all types of sewing machines all around the world!

You can also see my post showing you the stitches on this sewing machine as well as explaining what they are used for.


There are some tips you don’t want to miss in the video. Getting the right tension on your bobbin is a good start and very important for a successful sewing experience.

How to Thread a Bobbin – Janome Sewing Machine

You can watch the video tutorial below or keep scrolling to see the tutorial in photos.

or see it here on YouTube

How to Wind a Bobbin Janome Style – Step by Step

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine (I’m using a Stirling by Janome Sewing Machine)
  • Empty Bobbin
  • Thread

Step 1

Place the spool of thread onto the spool holder, which should be located at the top right hand side of your sewing machine.

Step 2

Guide the thread around the thread guides at the top of the machine. These should be marked on the top of your machine. Depending on the make and model of your sewing machine, there will be either one or two thread guides.

Step 3

Grab your empty bobbin and guide the thread tail through one of holes on the bobbin. Be sure to thread starting from the inside of the bobbin and out towards the top of the bobbin.

Step 4

While holding the thread tail and the bobbin, carefully push the bobbin onto the bobbin spindle, which is located on the top of the machine on the right hand side. Be sure to keep ahold of that thread tail.

Step 5

On some machines you will need to pull out the handwheel in order to activate the bobbin spindle when the foot pedal is pressed. This particular machine needs the handwheel pulled out and you hear a click when you do this. If your handwheel does not pull out then it may not be needed.

Step 6

You are now ready to start threading the bobbin! Push the bobbin spindle to the right. Next, push your foot down onto the foot pedal to wind some thread onto the bobbin. After 10 turns or so stop the machine and snip the thread tail that your hand is holding.

You can then fill your bobbin with as much or as little thread as you require.

Step 7

Once you have the required amount of thread on your bobbin and the machine has stopped, push the bobbin spindle back over to the left.

You can now safely remove your bobbin.

Be sure to push the hand wheel back in once you have finished putting thread on the bobbin. If your needle is not going up and down when you go to sew then you know you have forgotten to do this!

How Did You GO?!

Knowing how to thread a bobbin is a necessary sewing skill and I hope that you enjoy winding a bobbin as much as I do.

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Until next time,

Happy sewing!