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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Can I use generic bobbins for Bernina ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 2/25/09 1:27 AM

I am going to buy some coverstitch binders from eBay and am wondering if any of the bobbins they sell from Sharp Sewing can be used on my Bernina 1260. The bobbins I use have 7 holes and are flat.
Bernina bobbins are expensive, but I dont want to ruin my machine by using bobbins that dont fit.
Anybody tried it?

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Date: 2/25/09 10:53 AM

I have tried generic bobbins for my Bernina 440, and I don't like them. Some will work, but not with great results. I have stitch quality problems, and sometimes jamming/thread breaking. I would recommend only bernina bobbins even though they are more expensive. (The reason I know, is I bought some on ebay that were advertised as Bernina bobbins, but they were not genuine when I got them) I should have sent them back, but didn't bother.

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Date: 2/25/09 1:42 PM

No.

Not with great results. Stick to Bernina brand bobbins.

I remember when another post in which the lady couldn't figure out why her Bernina didn't work. She tried everything, she said, but neglected to say that she was using a generic bobbin that was advertised as okay for Bernina machines.

Needless to say, she could have saved herself grief if not money.

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Date: 2/25/09 3:24 PM

I agree with what others have said here. I've had problems with the bobbins made for Bernina machines and sold in the notions sections of places like JoAnn's and other fabric stores. I believe the manufacturer is Gingham and they come 5 to a package.

They made each of my Berninas sound rough and definitely affected the stitch.

Bernina dealers in my area really differ on the price of their bobbins. Check around and you might find a good deal.

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Date: 2/25/09 3:54 PM

You have to be careful with generic bobbins for any machine. In the long run it is better to buy the real deal.

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Date: 2/25/09 4:47 PM

I recently bought some 7-hole bobbins from an eBay power seller. They were modestly priced, 10 for $8.99, free shipping.

The title called them "Bernina Bobbins." They work fine in my Activa and look identical to the ones I bought from a dealer. So maybe they are made by Bernina.

I know from experience that the generic bobbins with more than 7 holes do NOT work in my Activa, even though they are sold as for Bernina.

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Date: 2/25/09 4:48 PM

In australia bernina bobbins 1.50au each.but they are genuine metal bernina bobbins.they will outlast the machine.I can't see the sense in risking thousands of dollars of machine to save a few bucks long term.
Hang the expense,buy the real deal.
IMHO bobbins,thread and needles need to be the best quality,make your savings on other things

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Date: 2/25/09 5:21 PM

When you buy something that uses accessories, like a printer, a PC, a sewing machine, a vacuum cleaner, one of the important points is cost of those accessories. I think if you buy something, you have taken that into consideration, and are willing to cough up the money necessary to use the proper accessories. That applies to bobbins, presser feet and needles as well as to good quality thread. When I painted I bought the best watercolor paper and brushes I could afford. Now that I am sewing again, I want my machines to have the accessories made for them. Buy your Bernina bobbins. You won't regret that. Someone on PR has a sig line that reads: "Buy the best and only cry once."
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Date: 2/25/09 7:03 PM

I ordered a bobbin case for my Bernina 1008 from my local Bernina dealer. ($65.00!) I told them I wanted a stainless steel, regular case, but they mistakenly sent me the "gold" case which is suited for embroidery. I tried it briefly with regular thread and it seemed fine, but I wonder if I should send it back? Does anyone here use the gold bobbin case with regular thread for garment sewing?

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