Monday, 16 January 2012

Bobbin along

While I was setting up my machine for power quilting the Intuition Quilt, I was reminded about something that has come up several times while out and about with other quilters – how do you wind your bobbins/the mystery of the bobbinholes. You see, I always thought I had figured them out, but as so many others have been surprised to see me doing this, I wonder if I got it all wrong.


I start winding my bobbins by threading the thread through one of the holes in the bobbin (my bobbins have two of them) from the inside and outwards (sorry about the hard to see thread; I should have wound an orange bobbin for these pictures),


I hold on to the thread while I start winding


and snip it off when it’s safely secured.


I always assumed this was why the bobbins have holes; isn’t it?

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  2. That was always my thinking. Although, I had a Husqvarna sewing machine that had green bobbins with no holes. The worst wound bobbins ever. They finally came out with rainbow colored bobbins with holes. I just assumed that I wasn't the only one that needed the hole in the bobbin. I'll be interested to see what others are doing.

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  3. That was always my thinking. Although, I had a Husqvarna sewing machine that had green bobbins with no holes. The worst wound bobbins ever. They finally came out with rainbow colored bobbins with holes. I just assumed that I wasn't the only one that needed the hole in the bobbin. I'll be interested to see what others are doing.

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  4. On my Singer that is how the bobbins are wound. But on my Bernina you just wind the thread around the bobbin a couple of times and hold it for the first couple of turns until it is secured...or that's what the manual says to do anyway.

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  5. I had a Singer and did exactly what you do, and with my Pfaff as well. On my new Husqvarna with green bobbins I just need to always place the logo side up and do like Janet. Works just fine.

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  6. I always do that too - isn't that why there are holes in bobbins?

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  7. Some of my bobbins have holes and I do it like you. I prefer those bobbins. I don't know where I learned to do it that way.

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  8. I have an Elna and that's how I do it. I guess I hadn't ever considered there to be another way.

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  9. Yep, that's exactly the way I do it too.

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  10. I’ve used the holes. On my Janome you just wind the thread around the bobbin a couple of times and then it winds itself.
    I will give the threading through the hole a try, there must be a reason why those holes are there...?

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  11. Yep that's what I do too.

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