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Date: 6/12/13 10:13 AM

I have a new demo model 550 QE. Wondering if I can use plastic bobbins and if so where to get them. Or how interchangeable Bernina bobbins are. Has anyone used L model prefilled bobbins? I have a lot from my Pfaff and curious...
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Date: 6/12/13 10:18 AM

I wouldn't recommend plastic bobbins on a Bernina. There are a specific kind for the 5.5mm machines. I get them frequently on Ebay. I wouldn't recommend prewound either.

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Date: 6/12/13 8:50 PM

The L size from your Pfaff won't fit. Sorry if this sounds snobby but you made a big investment in a lovely machine - while we certainly want to save where we can, it will perform well and make you happy when you use the right parts. There are some generics that can work but the L bobbin is just the wrong size, and prewounds are typically wound with lighterweight thread for machine embroidery, or the deco stitches, but not same as regular good sewing thread to use for construction.

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In reply to Ziazigzag

Date: 6/16/13 5:51 PM

No, you don't want to use anything but the good metal bobbins in your 550. Brewer makes a good generic. The Brewer and the Bernina bobbins both have 7 holes in the flat side and gnurling on the center post, but the Bernina one doesn't have a seam in the center hole. There's an even cheaper "oscillating" hook bobbin without holes on the flat side, but I won't sell them any more because they have burrs on the inside that cut the thread.

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