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Posted on: 7/11/10 4:15 PM
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How many times have I taken a chance by doing something finicky like setting in a sleeve using a nearly empty bobbin, only to find out that it ran out of thread halfway through, and all my pinning is gone? Save yourself some hassle by using it only for doing simple things like overcasting. If you were smart and wound a second bobbin when you first started the project, you could just swap in the full one before you start that critical piece of sewing.

And if you have a clear bobbin case lid, you can see exactly when you run out of thread by keeping one eye on it and noticing when it stops rotating.

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RLL said... (7/12/10 2:06 PM) Reply
I hate running out of bobbin thread right in the middle of something more tedius like the setting in of a sleeve as you said. You are so right, if we are taking the time to sew a garment, why not take the time to wind another bobbin......we deserve to not have minor frustrations that are preventable. I say if it's questionable, change it out. You can always use up the rest of what is left on something that doesn't matter. I have always been of the mind to use it up before winding another bobbin.....don't want two of them with the same color, but I am changing my mind right now!
arianamaniacs said... (7/12/10 10:06 AM) Reply
My problem is more that my machine takes special bobbins and I only have a few. I don't have enough to wind more than one at a time.
deesews said... (7/12/10 9:22 AM) Reply
When bobbins are almost empty, the rest can be threaded on a needle to use for tailor tacks, thus freeing up the bobbin.
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