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Thread: Prewound bobbins vs other

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    Bear with me, please, but I don't understand why anyone buys prewound bobbins. A simple calculation --- I checked on prices at the Connecting Threads website. Here's what I found:

    Prewound - 82 yds ea for 12 bobbins = 984 yards at $9.99. This calculates at $.010 per yard

    Spool of thread - 1200 yards at $2.49 = $.002 per yard

    Cone of thread - 5000 yards at $9.99 = $.0019 per yard

    So a cone of thread will net you 5 times the amount of bobbins compared to prewound.

    OR -- another way....you can save $50.00 by buying a cone and winding the thread yourself.

    Am I missing something??? More money to buy fabric!!!!!


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    Power Poster erstan947's Avatar
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    I agree. I wind 10 or so bobbins at a time. I mostly use cream or gray, because I do scrappy quilt. Winding bobbins is just part of the progress like putting on binding. I love the whole process:)

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    Super Member Rose L's Avatar
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    Dee, you are burning too many brain cells too early in the day, lol! I've never been able to understand this either. Bobbin winding is part of sewing and quilting and I like the whole process, not just certain parts of it. Sew~sew~sew, wind a bobbin, take break, get a drink, start over.

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    Super Member scowlkat's Avatar
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    I buy the prewounds for embroidery bobbin thread. They are wound much tighter, more even and I find I go through fewer bobbin changes. For my regular piecing and machine quilting, I wind my own bobbins but I did purchase a bobbin winder (not that sidewinder thing) that feeds vertically and winds almost as tight as the commercial prewounds.

    It all comes down to what you care to spend your time and money for I guess.

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    Maybe some people have physical trouble winding the bobbin. Other than that, I just see it as part of the process, too. Also, I would want the bobbin to be the same thread as the spool.

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    Senior Member quiltingsavta's Avatar
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    I also use the pre-wound for embroidery and then wind my own for other sewing. It's true, less bobbin changes and that's important when you are doing a big design that can take over an hour to do.

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    Before I start a new project I wind up all the bobbins ahead of time. Doesn't take much time at all and I get to use the colors that I need to match.

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    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    I did purchase a bobbin winder (not that sidewinder thing) that feeds vertically and winds almost as tight as the commercial prewounds.
    Would you please share which bobbin winder you purchased? Thanks

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    Super Member belmer's Avatar
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    My machine has an extra bobbin winder on it that I can use while my regular quilting thread is on the machine so I always pre- wind my bobbins in neautral colors. I usually pre wind 10 at a time in different neautrals. I think buyiny the pre-wound ones are a waste of money.

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    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
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    because my time is very valuable. because no sewing machine can load a bobbin with as much as you'll get from a prewound. because winding bobbins is annoying. because i wanted to. because i could.

    that's why.

    i haven't needed to buy them in a while, but the prewounds i bought were only pennines more than the cost of an empty bobbin. it was good 100% cotton thread. overall, i think i came out waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead.

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