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I have a questions. Has anyone tried the pre- wound bobbins from CT. I have bought some from my favorite quit shop, they work good until they get less then half then they seem to bounce in the bobbin case. I usually do wind my own bobbins, but sometimes I am in the middle of a project.

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Comment by Susan B on March 5, 2009 at 11:24am
Lisa, when you can, invest in one of the SideWinder portable bobbin machines. They are small, work with all kinds of bobbins and after two plus years I'm still on my first set of batteries! Plus it comes with a wall plug attachment. I always have it next to my project and when a bobbin is empty I stick it on, push the button and while I get back to sewing, it has my next refill ready when I need it. Now I have Singer machines, a BabyLock Quest and a Brother Pacesetter so maybe I just lucked in with my machines being compatible since Paula had a problem with hers. Maybe see if one of your friends has one and try it out with a bobbin.
Comment by Renee on March 1, 2009 at 6:47pm
This is all such good information because I had thought about getting the prewound bobbins. I bought a sidewinder recently too and really like it but had I known about Edith's great tip...
Using up all those colored bobbins in the scrappy quilt I'm doing is an excellent idea.
Comment by Paula/TX on February 28, 2009 at 9:23am
I usually have four or five bobbins wound so I don't have to stop. I have Husqvarna machines that take a special green bobbin. I bought a SideWinder but the green bobbins don't fit it so I handed it over to my neice who has a terrible time winding bobbins on her new machine (I think a Janome) It took her four hands to keep the thread on the bobbin and wound through the machine correctly. I have never used a prewound bobbin (except a couple in my embroidery machine and they worked fine) I was told the cardboard bobbins give off too much lint or fuzz and isn't good for the machines, but fabrics give off fuzz also, so.....
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on February 28, 2009 at 8:16am
Lisa: I have a Bernina and know that they don't suggest using the bobbins but have several friends with Pfaffs that love them. I would check with your sewing machine maker to make sure you're not going to damage anything. It wouldn't be worth it if you had to spend lots of money getting something fix'd. I wind 6-8 bobbins before I start any project and always use a neutral thread so that I have no bobbin stops. (I hate having to stop and wind a bobbin ..it throws off my rhythm..sp?) . Then, if I don't use all my neutral bobbins on one project, I have them left over for another and so on. Edith has a great idea with her little doo-dad. They work great too.
Comment by Vanda on February 28, 2009 at 5:40am
Hi Lisa. If your pre-wound bobbin is cardboard, set a penny or dime UNDERNEATH it before inserting the prewound bobbin. This is with the top loading sewing machines only!! I was told NOT to use them in the old fashioned side-loading machines also NOT to use them when the machine uses metal bobbin cases. Just learned this fact recently from a sewing machine repairman.
Comment by Edith Lean/Ont. on February 28, 2009 at 5:15am
I have found that as well when I use bobbins that are not specific to certain machines, they are ok when full but when they get near the last third they start bouncing around. I picked up the sidewinder and now do several bobbins at a time before I start a project and have a number of the basics ready, white, ecru, black and grey. When I am doing a scrappy quilt I use up all the ends of coloured bobbins that I have regardless of colour. The first time I did this I emptied 45 bobbins. Didn't know I had that many, these were the old metal ones that only now use in my small basic 16 stitch machine that I take around to classes.
Comment by nrsrcht on February 27, 2009 at 9:17pm
I have used the prewound bobbins with no problem in one of my machines. i cannot use it with my machine that has the threat cutter. do you have a thread cutter on yours? Sometimes if I have a bobbin that is giving me a problem near the end of the thread I just save it for some hand sewing. Hope this helps.

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