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Any recommendations for a stand-alone bobbin winder?  I'm interested in pros and cons.  Thanks!  

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Comment by AidaCJ/NH on January 10, 2015 at 8:28am

I have a Singer machine, I believe it was the first electronic model that came out in the early 90's.  The bobbin can be refilled without taking it out.  Maybe I should have the machine serviced and see it it still works. Just like Dawn, I usually wind 5 bobbins with the same thread at a time, so I don't have to do it more often, and it's usually more than enough for doing FMQ on a full size quilt.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 8, 2015 at 7:18pm

Barbara - great idea.  I'd never thought of that trick.  I do have two spindles for thread, so that might work on my machine.  I don't have a machine that I can wind the bobbin while it is still threaded through the needle.  

Everyone - such good information.  Very  helpful.  You are all the reason why I love this quilting web site.  Thank you!

Comment by Barbara Graham on January 8, 2015 at 5:51pm

I have never used one. I use maybe three basis colors of thread and have two spools. To wind a new bobbin, I leave the machine threaded and just fill the bobbin from the second spool. Obviously this will not work with all machines.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on January 8, 2015 at 2:42pm

I had one and it worked fine for some threads and not for others, then it started to not work great for any. Neat idea, but I'm not sure it is worth the money.

Comment by Dawn Hutton on January 8, 2015 at 4:04am

I wind bobbins with my machine.  It seems to take a long time, but I bought extra bobbins and wind 15-20 at a time.  So with so many I don't have to stop a project in the middle.  It works out pretty well, when I have to wind bobbins, I change needle and vacuum out the machine.  Keeps me on track for cleanup.

Comment by Cindy on January 7, 2015 at 12:41pm
P.S. mine is pink and can be plugged in or run on batteries. One thing is when putting your bobbin on the take-up peg you have to seat it properly or you will have tension winding problems. There is a list of machine bobbins that are compatible with it. Not all will work. If yours will work, I say go for it. I have Pfaff, Singer, a Bailey quilter, and a few other older machines. No problems with winding any of their bobbins.
Comment by Cindy on January 7, 2015 at 12:31pm
I have had a Sidewinder for a long time. Since right after they came out my hubby got it for me as a gift. I use it constantly. Very rarely do I wind a bobbin on my machine. It's especially handy for winding bobbins for my quilt machine. I find that it does a better job winding them at a nice even tension/rate. Mine has a spindle that is adjustable. Pull it up for taller spools of thread. (Found that feature by accident one day. Previously I had been frustrated that it wasn't tall enough, but it is.) Overall it sure saves a lot of time and saves winding too many bobbins for a project.
Comment by Shannon, ON on January 6, 2015 at 9:17pm
Comment by June Johnson/Wi on January 6, 2015 at 8:03pm

Yes, I have a bobbin winder; received as a Christmas gift 2 years ago.  I seldom use it; I feel bad about that as I was the one who requested it for Christmas.  I use thread cones so only have one cone of any color I'm using so have to unthread the machine to use bobbin winder; might as well wind bobbin with machine.  With my new machine I can wind the bobbin on the machine while the machine is threaded which I love.  Maybe I will start using the winder more and wind several at a time in the colors I use most of time.  Most of time I use white, ecru, black, navy, or taupe threads.

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on January 6, 2015 at 3:11pm

Perfect, Joan!  :D  ....although using it today might freeze my eyelids open, or shut, as the case may be...  It might be just what I need to get out of this quilting slump!

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