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