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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Bobbin Serge ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 6/18/12 2:37 AM

I'm very close to buying one of these little gizmos and didn't find anything about it in the reviews. Can someone tell me what their experience has been with one, before I dive in and buy one? Thanks!

EDITED TO ADD: Never mind. I was spelling it how I thought it should be spelled, and it's spelled a different way...Bob N Serge. And, I found the thread. But if anyone wants to add anything, I'd surely read it. I tried using just bobbins, but apparently they are too short for my serger and the thread gets stuck. Has anyone used this on a four thread, inline serger? TIA
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Date: 6/18/12 5:23 AM

I'm not sure by what you mean "inline" serger, but I have used the bobbin serge on my Elna without any problems. I use the bobbins as the needle threads (less thread used) and the larger serger putup for the loopers. I also have one of those E-Z winders for winding off serger thread onto regular spools (have to do a little work making the hole on the spools large enough to accept the
E-Z Winder adapter) and use the regular spools as one of the threads for the loopers. This way I can get by with one spool of serger thread in odd colors that I probably won't use frequently. I find they work just as well as 4 sergers spools.

ETA: By the way - I use the horizontal spool holders for the regular size spools. The thread winds off easier than from the top.
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Date: 6/18/12 9:06 AM

If you look up Bob'n Serge there are 2 threads on it. I bought one because my bobbins were sometimes not feeding properly on my serger...but I have not had the need to use it yet, as I have had enough normal thread. I have used the bobbins forever and ever but need to watch more carefully. i was hoping this gizmo would take care of the intermittent "issue" but sadly I cannot report on it's success yet. It seems that those who have it like it. For what it's worth.

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Date: 6/18/12 10:02 AM

Interesting, I hadn't seen the Bob N Serge before. I've had no problem with putting my bobbins directly on the serger spindle.

On your serger, did you try cutting a piece of straw to put on the spindle first to act as a washer?

More money, but I'd be curious as to whether these over sized floss bobbins might work on your serger.

Product Details 881467001 Deluxe Sidewinder Embroidery Floss Bobbins

I don't have the oversized floss bobbins but I do have the case for them which I got at JoAnn's. At the location by me, there was a display oddly tucked in at the end of one of the fabric aisles (the end closest to the cutting station). The Simplicity or Wright's brand bobbin winder would be the first thing to look for. The accessories were displayed with the winding unit.

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Date: 6/18/12 10:13 AM

Now, I'm intrigued enough by the extra big floss spools that I'd say it would be worth making a special little thread stand just for those if the holes were not big enough for serger spindles.

Either a mini wood rack drilled to fit over the machines spindle/spindles with an additional set of holes for skewers or skinny dowels; or, a heavier independent wood rack to sit on the sewing table behind the serger fitted out with skewers or skinny dowels to accommodate the bobbins.

Thanks for starting the thread. I've been eyeing the deluxe bobbin winder. With a coupon, and knowing that I'd be able to reduce the number of on hand thread cones as well as use an oversized bobbin to get more thread on the bobbin for the needle, I now think it would be a worthwhile addition to the sewing room.

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Date: 6/18/12 12:40 PM

I just drop my bobbins in separate drinking glasses behind my serger or cover stitch. Seems to work fine for me.

The bobble around in the glass a bit but I am not a speed demon serger.

I have Babylocks.

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Date: 6/18/12 2:27 PM

The washer idea is really great!!! I have the old 234 Bernina serger...hmmm...it's almost 30 years old...eeek...well the thread spindles taper to thicker so the bobbin sits fine when I start but as I sew it sort of bounces down and then does not move anymore which makes the thread not feed just perfect. I did not understand what you meant about the straw until I see you meant it to hold the bobbin up at the thinner part of the spindle so it does not bounce and become lodged. WOWZER great idea!!!! Straws are useful for all kinds of things in the sewing room...now I save them. Maybe put the shortened straw on, then one of those felt thingies that go on the sewing machine...oooh can't wait to try it.
Thank you so much for your tip!!!

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Date: 6/18/12 2:32 PM

I use the ez winder, too. Since my treadle likes wooden spools, my Kenmore will use anything and the serger, not to mention that I buy 6000 yd spools of thread...this works well for me.

I do have the Bob 'n serge, but I have never used it. I like my wooden spools too much I think.

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Date: 6/18/12 2:48 PM

Thanks for starting this thread. So many good ideas and ways to spend money!

On my new Babylock Evolution, my first dress was knit with metallic top stitching and cover hem. What did I know? I ran into snapping thread problems. I bought the Bob 'n Serge and it did the trick. No more broken thread. I did go very slowly too.

I also bought and have yet to try a Superior Thread Holder for cross wound cones or circular wound spools. Their web site gives instructions.

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Date: 6/18/12 2:59 PM

"I just drop my bobbins in separate drinking glasses behind my serger or cover stitch. Seems to work fine for me.

The bobble around in the glass a bit but I am not a speed demon serger.

I have Babylocks."


I do the same thing as sewsally....they rattle around but, it's always worked just fine for me. AND it doesn't cost anything! I have 2 old Brothers



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