The following was published in my old blog, Trampled by Geese 2011
Hidden underneath a shiny silver face plate is a shuttle and bobbin. These magical treasures are what makes the sewing machine stitch lock in place. Two threads, one on top, one beneath, working together to make sewing happen. What could be more wonderful than that?
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The manual tells me to begin by disengaging the balance wheel. There is a smaller wheel inside the bigger wheel at the right of the machine. You turn the smaller wheel towards you and it stops the needle from going up and down while we wind the bobbins.
But I figured a better place to start would be to give the winding device some oil. It's been almost 50 years since last used.
I put a scarce drop of oil in the hole. I couldn't think of anywhere else where oil might go on the bobbin winder. (I later learned, that a tiny - maybe 1/4 of a drop - bit of oil on the threads and heart-shaped cam help)
Put the bobbin in place, buy pulling on the left knob. Thread the bobbin winder and tuck the thread under the right end of the bobbin. Make certain the thread guide is all the way to the right side, press bobbin winder so that the wheel rests against the balance wheel. "Operate the machine the same as for sewing".
Keep on going until the bobbin is nearly full. Try to end with the thread guide on the right hand side to make it easier to wind the next bobbin.
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