No matter what you are creating with Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL2000Q1, one of the most important things you must learn to do is wind a bobbin. A properly wound bobbin is an essential requirement for all sewing machines as this is what allows them to make correct, properly tensioned stitches.
Fortunately, using the winder included on your machine is easier than you may think. By following the simple steps below, you can learn to wind the bobbins needed to continue sewing without interruption.
Step 1 - Put Thread Spool on Spool Pin
Bobbins are wound from larger spools of thread chosen for your project. When winding bobbins, always begin with the machine unthreaded and with the bobbin case and bobbin out. Once you select the proper thread, place the spool on the spool pin at the top or side of the machine as if you were preparing to thread it.
Some sewing machines use a spool cap to hold the spool in place. If your unit has one, be sure to put the cap on before moving on to the next step.
Step 2 - Thread the Thread Guides
Using the manual for your Juki TL2000Q1, look for the diagram that indicates which thread guides you should use when winding a bobbin. Some machines may not require the thread to pass through any of the guides based on where the spool is positioned; most other will. Depending on the machine, you may also need to wrap the thread around the tension disk. Loosen some thread on the spool and then pass it through or around the appropriate guides.
Step 3 - Prepare Bobbin for Winding
Always use high-quality metal bobbins whenever possible. Make sure to check them for dents or other damage before winding them. After confirming that your bobbin is in good condition, slide the end of your thread from the spool through one of the small holes in one side. Leave a few inches of tail so the thread does not fall out.
Step 4 - Put Bobbin on Winder
Put the bobbin on the bobbin winder. The winder is usually found at the top of Juki sewing machines and looks like a shorter, thicker spool pin and will have a round plastic disk or similar part right next to it. Push the bobbin down onto the winder pin so the hole in the bobbin is on the top with thread sticking out above the bobbin.
Lock the winder in place and activate the winder mechanism and pedal control on the machine by pushing the bobbin against the plastic disk until you hear a click.
Step 5 - Wind the Bobbin
To prevent the thread from slipping out of the bobbin at the start of winding, hold onto it with your fingers at first. Gently step on the foot pedal to start slowly winding thread onto the bobbin, releasing the thread end once there is a layer of thread wound onto it. When the thread end is secured, continue winding the bobbin until it is filled.
Avoid overfilling the bobbin by stopping when the thread is layered no further than flush with the edges of the bobbin without extending past them.
The trick to successful bobbin winding is knowing how to set up both the thread spool and the bobbin winder. Doing so may be different on individual sewing machines, so refer to your user manual before beginning. Once you have figured this out, you can wind as many bobbins as you may need for making great projects on your Juki TL2000Q1 or other Juki sewing machines!