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Date: 1/5/13 7:58 PM

I'm not sure if this should be under the decorative stitching thread or not. After seeing bobbin work mentioned in another thread, I decided to try some of it. I used some DMC floss as well as pearl cotton #12. Some interesting results, but could only used it on simple stitches such as zigzag or a wavy stitch. Has anyone else tried this and have suggestions for what kind of thread to use in the bobbin? Ideas are appreciated.
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Date: 1/5/13 8:26 PM

The sky's really the limit, but my absolute favorite thread for bobbin work is Superior Razzle Dazzle. I don't do anything particularly fancy with it, it's just such yummy sparkly thread I can't resist it! Mostly I use it for straightstitching, to outline.

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Date: 1/5/13 9:06 PM

The marathon threads look interesting, shiny and all:) The threads I tried we're just what I picked up at Joann's to try. I've never tried this before yesterday, so I picked up what looked cheap and easy. Even the simple cotton gave some funky results. I'm going to have to order online to get more interesting threads, I can see myself using this technique again. I wish I had a bobbin with adjustable tension or a bobbin kit designed for this. But it is interesting to play with. I would like to try a thinner thread that will show up some of the fancier deco stitches on my machine. I have trip coming up to the local sew and vac, they may well have some of the more unusual threads. This all started with me wanting to embellish a skort the one pattern, many looks contest. These contests get me in more trouble It's the fun kind of trouble though, I'm also trying some heirloom techniques for the first time. Never a dull moment!
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Date: 1/5/13 9:52 PM

Sounds like you're having fun

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Date: 1/6/13 9:52 AM

I am having fun I like the deco stitches, but I don't want to overuse them either. The bobbin work looks very different from the regular stitches, a hand done look. Since even a basic hand sewing stitch is very difficult for me, I like the looks without the hand stitching. And the heirloom type work is interesting. I'm just trying lace insertion, and I'm not using heirloom quality fabric or lace. If I can do a decent job on this, I think an heirloom class is in order. What I'm doing now is from web tutorials, both the bobbin work and the heirloom. I would love classes in both, but those classes will require 2+ hours of driving to get there. I still need lots of work in basic sewing, but I'm enjoying try these embellishment techniques. They can make a simple garment look much fancier, and still be useful when when I get more advanced.
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Date: 1/6/13 9:59 AM

My first time using bobbin work was on a Bernina design and I used YLI Jeans Stitch, a 30 wt. topstitch thread. I did a deco stitch on denim and it turned out just great.
I love the effect and it worked perfectly in my bobbin.
I got mine from Red Rock Thread.

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Date: 1/6/13 11:41 AM

Sewing with Nancy had this on her show yesterday! I am intrigued as well. She said to use a heavy weight thread in the bobbin but not in the top thread as the needle is not big enough. I believe it was weight 50 she used. Very pretty even with a straight stitch meandering about to decorate the tablet case she was making. ...
I am not sure though if it can only be done with drop in bobbin machines to by pass the tension area ??....
Thank you for posting this.....

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Date: 1/6/13 11:45 AM

Oh thank you! They have the hard to find UV thread there too! Thank you so much for the link!

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Date: 1/6/13 5:36 PM

Ack, of course I missed it. When I did the my bobbin experiment I used regular poly gutterman in the top thread. With the floss and pearle thread I just pulled the bobbin thread up with the top and bypassed the regular tension. I have a Singer Signature and normally the bobbin thread pulls across the top of the bobbin. That sets the tension correctly for the bobbin, if it isn't the tension is all wonky. I can't adjust my bobbin tension otherwise. With the heavier thread when I pulled it across the bobbin for the regular tension it was too tight. Otherwise I lowered my regular tension and the pressor foot pressure too. They were suggested in the articles I read. Some bobbins can have the tension adjusted, and some manufacturors sell bobbin kits specifically for bobbin work. I think the top loading bobbins are harder to adjust then others. I'm going to check online and see if I can watch the episode, my experience with this comes from 2 online articles I read. That's nice, but not a lot of help. Hopefully I can find the video. Any help or ideas are much appreciated.
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Date: 1/7/13 11:15 AM

After checking the tv schedule, I discovered that the PBS creative channel shows Sewing with Nancy, Martha's Sewing Room, and It's Sew Easy! We just set the dvr for the sewing show collection. I checked out Sewing with Nancy's web page and the had shows on embellishments. But they did couching, not bobbin work. Interesting to see though. I'm going to check some of the other ones available online, even if they're not bobbin work, alot of them are useful for improving my sewing. They have a series on machine feet, should be helpful. I'll be picking up some thread tomorrow to try with the bobbin work. And I may be able to adjust the tension on the bobbin case, there is a little screw there. The manual says nothing about adjusting the bobbin tension, but I think that screw may adjust it. But that's a question for another forum:)
Mary

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