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skooze48

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Date: 5/15/12 4:07 PM

I read somewhere the way to run wooly nylon thread in a bobbin for my sewing machine. I do a lot of alterations, and ripping out the old seam in knits, I noticed in the higher end clothing they use wooly nylon thread in the bobbin. It really makes a huge difference in sewing knits, say hemming them on the sewing machine. Very clever.

I can't remember if they said to hand roll the bobbins due to the tension?Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 5/15/12 7:36 PM

Sandra Betzina has mentioned this technique in a couple of her books. For seams, she hand winds WN on the bobbin, uses regular thread for the needle and a slight zig-zag stitch. For hems, I've seen her demonstrate using WN in the bobbin and regular thread in a twin need. I've tried the latter - it works pretty well.

Be sure that you don't wind the WN too tightly or too loosely on the bobbin. A bit of experimentation will give you the best answer on tension.

skooze48

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Date: 5/15/12 9:03 PM

Thanks Jean!

Since I own 4 of her books that's probably where it was. Yes I am finding that in the knit garments, especially with a twin needle, that the wooly nylon thread makes an enormous difference. As long as you can work around the not ironing part. But usually the hem has been already pressed up. I think I read some where (here??) that some wind theirs by hand while watching TV. Well I wound one on my machine today and it filled real well. I guess I was confused to why one would wind their bobbins by hand? I did read though that a drop of seam sealant put on the end and rubbed in, dried makes threading a lot easier too.

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Date: 5/15/12 11:20 PM

By its nature, WN is very stretchy. If you wind a bobbin on your machine, WN will wind fine but it will be stretched to its maximum. When you use that bobbin in a seam or hem, the WN will relax and the seam will pucker and have loose, weak stitches.

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