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Posted on: 10/25/06 11:20 AM
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Don't know if this one is already in the tip list or not -- but here goes.

I used to buy serger thread four cones at a time (for my 4 thread sergers). However, ever notice that you use much, much more upper and lower looper thread than you do needle thread?

So, try using only two cones instead of four! Just thread two bobbins from a serger cone -- and use the bobbins for the two needles. Bottom line, you have two bobbins feeding your two needles and two cones feeding the two loopers. Instead of buying sets of four same-color cones, you can get by with two same color cones -- and just buy many more colors!

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LindaCan2 said... (11/3/09 7:47 PM) Reply
Super idea for everyone, especially for persons with new sergers and only a few cones.
Eider said... (4/18/08 0:32 AM) Reply
This is one of the most helpful tips I have seen , and I use it , also save a lot of money when it is time to buy more thread . THANKS !
Hilary said... (11/7/06 8:33 AM) Reply
Great idea! This is really helpful when you live in the boonies and don't want to drive an hour and a half to buy 2 more spools of colors you already have to do finish a project :o) Thanks!!
utz said... (11/1/06 9:05 AM) Reply
I should probably have gotten an EZ winder. But what I've done is to take an empty Gutterman spool and super-glue it to the plastic bobbin (Viking). I put bobbin on sewing machine and fill.
Sandrag said... (10/31/06 11:12 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thanks for the tip.
jewelsfashions said... (10/27/06 7:20 PM) Reply
Thank you for this great idea. I am new to serging (1 month now) and need all the tips I can get. Less expense and less space taken! Wonderful
martinanne said... (10/27/06 1:30 PM) Reply
Another vote for the EZ Winder. I use this to wind thread onto the EZ Winder spools and/or empty Gutermann spools. It's the same idea as bobbins, but you can put much more thread on there.
annsew65 said... (10/27/06 1:51 AM) Reply
I bought one of those EZ Winder notions and I take my empty Mettler/Gutterman spools and wind off serger thread onto them. They hold a lot more than a bobbin. I've ended up buying one of each color of MaxiLock from Atlanta Thread at $1.99 per cone. My basic colors - black, white, brown, irovy, etc., I have 3 or 4 cones each - but as said before, how much do you use some of those wild colors. One can end up with so much thread to store and lets face it, those serger cones take up a lot of space.
simplystitches said... (10/26/06 10:17 PM) Reply
Great idea, especially for those odd colors that may not get used very often!
christine A said... (10/26/06 10:50 AM) Reply
Love this tip!
OP Gal said... (10/26/06 9:58 AM) Reply
Great idea. I plan to try it.
Deepika said... (10/26/06 8:36 AM) Reply
Great idea!
Rhoda K said... (10/26/06 8:19 AM) Reply
I saw a notion at Nancy's Notions called a Bob 'n Serge that I plan to order. I think it's a great idea for using colors that you may not use a lot, etc. I've also used bobbins instead of buying more cones.
Londa Rohlfing said... (10/26/06 7:54 AM) Reply
Good idea - though be sure you have enough on those bobbins for the job - as running out of thread is a bummer. I 'skimp' on the color of the lower looper inside garments, and keep in mind then to always have the upper looper side be the side that will be seen inside the garment.
BeckyC said... (10/26/06 7:43 AM) Reply
What a great idea! I've been doing this 'silently' for years to avoid buying those odd color cones of serger thread.
CSM--Carla said... (10/25/06 10:57 PM) Reply
What a great idea!! I am new to serging and have 20 spools of sserger thread in a box here. So helpful. Thanks for posting. Carla
Karla Kizer said... (10/25/06 8:37 PM) Reply
I've done this with unusual colors. Who needs 4 cones of Brazilian Parrot Green Ombre? I think the bobbin lasts almost as long as it does on the sewing machine - and even if it means winding an extra bobbin or two, it's worth it to save both money and storage space.
Mary Stiefer said... (10/25/06 4:26 PM) Reply
Gosh, I never thought about using bobbins. What I have done is, when changing colors, I alternate where the bobbins are used. So, that solves my problem. But - this is a great idea.
Joey in Katy said... (10/25/06 12:59 PM) Reply
I figure they'd cover almost as much yardage as a bobbin would used on a regular sewing machine. They're just doing independant chain-type stitches, so they should use a tiny bit more thread than when used on a regular sewing machine. Anyone else have any thoughts?
Donna H said... (10/25/06 11:28 AM) Reply
I had thought about this, but was unsure how long two bobbins threaded full would last while serging. Do you know?
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