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bobbin instead of an extra spool (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 5/16/06 1:58 PM
This is probably obvious to many people, but I only just figured it out this winter.

I like to buy large spools of thread for economical reasons, but I also like to topstitch with double needles. Instead of buying two large spools, I buy just one and then wind a bobbin for the second needle.

Sometimes my thread spools are too big to fit conveniently on my machine, too. In that case, I wind two bobbins and use them both as if they were small spools.
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martinanne said...
I bought 100 extra bobbins so that I always have plenty. Sometimes, when I need an unusual color in my serger or coverstitch machine, I'll just use bobbins wound from a single spool so that I don't have to buy many spools of that unusual color. This is one of the most useful tips to every beginner!
5/17/06 0:41 AM
Londa Rohlfing said...
All machines are different, but I find the very best tension for me (both horizontal riding thread spools) occurs when I use the SAME thing - including thread caps on each of the spindles. This means - either both bobbins, or both spools. Test for your particular situation is my conclusion.
5/17/06 7:26 AM
Mufffet said...
Also works on the one spool pin when you are just mending!
5/19/06 5:18 PM
Red Clover said...
I've used bobbins for top thread as well. On my sewing machine however the bobbin would bounce so much (on the spool pin) that I'd end up w/ thread tangling .. sooo I remembered seeing teeny tiny cothespins, made of wood w/ a spring and everthing, at Michaels. I bought a 6 pack for 2 dollars. Now if I use a bobbin on the thread pin I just clip one of the little pins about an 1/8 inch above the bobbin. Solid as a rock.
5/20/06 0:19 AM
tlmck3 said...
It's also a good "fix" for those of us who don't have machines that have the "bobbin thread is about to run out" warning feature on older machines. Fill a 2nd bobbin and use that as the topthread and when THAT is about to run out, you know your bobbin is, too and you can stop and change both when it is convenient, not when you've gotten the nasty shock of running out of bobbin thread at an inopportune time.
5/21/06 4:21 AM
MarciaMoose said...
This is an excellent idea. And instead of buying 4 or 5 large spools of thread for the serger, just buy 1 spool of serger thread, and then wind your sewing bobbins with the serger thread and use as you would the other spools of serger thread.
5/29/06 10:49 AM
mrspenguin said...
I was just wondering if this could work. Glad to know it does!
5/31/06 10:38 AM

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