Getting Started Sewing: How To Wind A Bobbin

When I bought my first sewing machine, everything about sewing was totally foreign to me.

I went through the manual step-by-step trying to figure out how to wind a bobbin.  After much frustration, I scoured the internet high and low looking for online tutorials for my machine, the Brother CS6000i.


I know there’s at least one person out there doing what I did…cuz you know…great minds do think alike.


Every machine is slightly different, so grab your manual and follow along.

Today I am going to share how to wind a bobbin on the Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine.

I don’t know how experienced seamstresses or tailors do it, but I am guessing that having a few threaded bobbins lying around ready-to-go keeps a project moving along.

How To Thread Bobbins - Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

When you’re buying bobbins, keep in mind that sizes vary depending on the machine.

It was easy for me to find the size for my machine at the local fabric store, and now I have a pretty decent stash.

Tutorial: How To Wind A Bobbin

Step 1

Load thread on the spool pin.

Use the handy illustrations on the top of the machine to get the thread placement just right.

Winding A Bobbin - Brother CS6000i

Step 2

Wind the thread clockwise around the bobbin 4 or 5 times, then pass the end of the thread through the guide slit in the bobbin winder seat.

Cut the extra thread with the thread cutter.

Winding A Bobbin - Brother CS6000i

Step 3

Move the sewing speed controller to fast (three arrows).

Winding A Bobbin - Brother CS6000i

Step 4

Put the pedal to the metal wood, and let-er rip.

Winding A Bobbin - Brother CS6000i

Step 5

Keep the pedal pressed until the thread on the bobbin is touching the bobbin shaft.

***Note: The thread should be lined up like the one pictured below.  Not winding the bobbin properly might cause the thread tension to lossen, and break a needle.

I speak from experience…

Winding A Bobbin - Brother CS6000i

Step 6

Cut the excess thread using the bobbin thread cutter, and remove the bobbin from the bobbin shaft.

That’s it!

You’ve just winded a bobbin!

Winding Bobbins Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine

Now go on and wind some bobbins.

Stay tuned for my next sewing tutorial:  How To Thread A Needle

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  1. Whitney says:

    Thank you for your tutorial! I’m not sure if you mentioned it, but the step I was missing was to slide the bobbin-winder seat all the way to the right to lock it in place…I could not seem to figure out why mine would not wind. But reading the tutorial really helped me see if I was doing the other steps right since I can’t find my manual, and then I could tell mine wasn’t lined up correctly. Awesome job explaining and the photos are great! Thank you!! :)

  2. Connie says:

    Thank you for the info. Wish Brother had tutorials on their sewing machines! So we would not have to search for help from others.

  3. Vanessa says:

    Thank you!

    My aunt passed her Brother down to me and I could not figure out how to get it going. Your photos were super helpful.


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