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Date: 1/21/14 4:14 PM

I've been sewing for 40 years and never read that there was a top and bottom of a bobbin- until recently. Both sides look the same to me

Just wonderin'!

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Subject: Is there a top to a bobbin? Date: 1/21/14 4:41 PM

I think maybe once the thread is loaded it makes a difference (so the thread is wound either clockwise or counter clockwise). If it goes the wrong way, that could cause trouble when you start sewing!

But I don't have a top load bobbin, so mine just goes "away" when I load it, lol.

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Date: 1/21/14 4:41 PM

I've never know there to be a top or bottom. I use which ever side the little hole is in and I can get the thread through

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Subject: Is there a top to a bobbin? Date: 1/21/14 4:52 PM

The bobines of my husqvarna have a Mark that you are suppose to put upwards. I have till now disobeyed

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Subject: Is there a top to a bobbin? Date: 1/21/14 5:55 PM

Maybe the old twist together Singer bobbins had a top and bottom....can't remember.

The manual for each machine will indicate which way the bobbin thread is to feed from the bobbin spool.

For a top loading bobbin the thread feeds to the left and for a front or end loading from the right.

So if you interchanged this one bobbin in these two machine variations, each side would be the top.

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Subject: Is there a top to a bobbin? Date: 1/21/14 6:21 PM

Yes, a couple of machines have bobbins with a side that has to be up

Singer XL 5000/6000 had self winding bobbins with a little gear on the botton.

Singer Inspiration machines have a bobbin where the center is more like a triangle so they only fit on the bobbin winder 1 way.

The new Pfaff Expression and higher models have PFAFF on top and a spiral inside. Again these only fit on the bobbinwinder 1 way.

The Bernina 820/830 models with the jumbo bobbin have metal lines printed on 1 side, you wind the bobbin with lines toward you and insert into machine with lines so you can see them. The lines are used in low bobbin detection.

Janome, Brother, Babylock and many industrial machines have specific bobbin sizes for their machines. The bobbin looks the same on both sides and only after thread is wound on does the direction of the thread comming off become important.

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Date: 1/21/14 8:35 PM

Quote: CallaF
I've been sewing for 40 years and never read that there was a top and bottom of a bobbin- until recently. Both sides look the same to me



Just wonderin'!

In what context did you read this information...was it specific to a particular model?
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Subject: Is there a top to a bobbin? Date: 1/23/14 7:00 PM

Many Elna machines (older ones, not familiar with new ones) have a bobbin that has to be wound then inserted a particular way up - but their bobbins have holes on only one side to ensure you get it right.

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Date: 1/23/14 9:54 PM

I can think of a bunch of them that one flange or side of it, would be different than the other one, so I guess then yes there would be a top and a bottom to it, as how you used it. If both sides of it really were the just the same then of course it would not matter which way you used it either, which would be like some of them, sometimes too.

I feel pretty strongly though, even if there was no real top or bottom on some of them, if there happens to be only a hole in one side of it, to put your thread though, to start to even wind the thread on a bobbin, that side always should be, that side up and the side away from the machine and on the top of it, where you can hold onto that thread end, more up in the air while doing that. If not, I think it's just way too easy if that side is next to a moving twirling bobbin winder, the thread might get sucked around that instead of onto a bobbin or it might even end up, being sucked more down into a machine instead. That would be no fun right there even.

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