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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Using official bobbins ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 12/29/13 10:39 AM

Just blows my mind that some people don't.

There's a thread on here now where there is a squeak that is being diagnosed... maybe that's a bobbin thing, maybe not.

But in the last few weeks, I am amazed at how often I see ads for machines on eBay or CL that the seller raves about the authentic accessories and you see about 3 different kinds of bobbins laying there with the feet in the picture.

I just never cheated on bobbins. Even the cardboard prefilled ones freak me out. Heck, I don't even mind winding them or replacing them... but I'm a true process junkie and I like to play with the machines as much as I like to make an object.

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Date: 12/29/13 11:03 AM

Oh I do agree. I mistakenly bought some bobbins for my new select 4 which turned out not to be pfaff branded when they arrived, despite being advertised as Pfaffy ones. They looked the same but the Pfaffling knew the difference straight away!

They went in the bin, as I recall, and I got my dealer to send me some proper ones with 'Pfaff' stamped on and the Pfaffling was happy again!

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Date: 12/29/13 11:09 AM

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Just blows my mind that some people don't.

Yes...I bought those Dritz bobbins in a moment of weakness and ignorance. Never again...I promise.

Edited to add: In my defense...that Dritz bobbin purchase was many years ago...and has NOT been repeated.
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Date: 12/29/13 11:11 AM

Hmm, I never really paid attention to brand. I wonder if that is why my Brother has a problem occasionally with the thread jumping out of the bobbin holder. (Front loading machine.) But then again, I have heard wonders with the little paper/plastic thing you stick inside the bobbin holder to prevent that kind of issue.

One semi related thing that I find wonderful--I love that modern sewing accessories, like bobbins for example, can work in the classic mechanical machines. My friend has a vintage Kenmore, and she can still buy new bobbins for it that work.

Also I am totally terrified of the pre-wound bobbins. -shudder- Honestly running out of thread doesn't annoy me THAT much either...I'd rather run out and refill that bobbin than end up with thread I don't need hanging around and using my bobbins for ages

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Date: 12/29/13 11:33 AM

Thank you for bringing up this subject. Brand specific bobbins are so important. I worked for Bernina/Pfaff dealer for several years, and most of the problems owners had with their machines were the wrong type of bobbin inserted in the machine, putting the bobbin in wrong, and accidentally engaging the bobbin winder sensor lever which in most cases makes the machine inoperable.
I would never use any other bobbins, no matter the price, than what is suggested in the users manual for my machine….

Thanks for posting this reminder.

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Date: 12/29/13 11:48 AM

Only vintage Singer bobbins go in my vintage Singer machines. No substitutes!

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Date: 12/29/13 12:03 PM

I know we all want to save (so we can get that next great machine and more fabric!!!) but it also amazes me how pennywise/poundfoolish people can be when it comes to these. I too worked for a dealer, some people were really grateful to learn they just had the wrong bobbin (clear, round doesn't mean all the same!) and bought the right ones and marked them or tossed the others, others were disgruntled that they had to pay more. I don't know what they cost at Joann's or such as I don't buy them there but ours were about $10/10 or maybe $12 if in a plastic case. Wow, now how many bobbins could you buy for the cost of throwing your machine out of time or messing up a project with stitch issues with the wrong one?

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Date: 12/29/13 12:24 PM

I will add though--all the bobbins I DO use are the proper class bobbin!!! They may not be Brother brand but I am not about to stick an improper class bobbin into the machine. O.o

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!!
In: 68.5 yards
Sewn: 19 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 12/29/13 2:04 PM

I can't get "real" bobbins for some of my machines, so I use off brands.

I use the right class of bobbin, but as long as my machine will use them, and they aren't picky over that, it's good for me.

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Date: 12/29/13 2:49 PM

Interesting subject. I was never aware that non-oem bobbins would be an issue. I am glad to see this thread because I was just comparing the metal bobbins I have for my old White and they *seem* to be the same dimensions as my new Pfaff ones. The cheap b@stard in me would have been right on board with the penny-wise/pound-foolish analogy. No, I haven't tried one yet! lol Now I will put the metal bobbins aside for the (hopefully) rare occasions when I pull out the White.

Also, I had a look online and the online *discount* bobbin suppliers are charging about $14 for 10 bobbins (plus shipping) for my Pfaff while the 10-pack I got my dealer to throw in to my new machine purchase was labeled at $11. AND buying locally I'm supporting a local business. Win-win.

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