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Thread: Substitute for Little Genie Washers

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    Substitute for Little Genie Washers

    I just recently had a problem with the bobbin in my DSM....the bobbin would rattle -- I could hear it bouncing when I sewed. Remembering the Little Genie washers and having NO desire to drive 30 miles one way to get some, I improvised. I use the M size prewound bobbins on my longarm. The prewounds also come in the L size (for your home sewing machines) and have a lightweight paper on the outside --- just like the sides of a regular bobbin. I cut one to fit into my bobbin case and VOILA, no more bouncing bobbin. If you see any prewounds at the store, buy one -- they're very inexpensive and can be used for more than one thing!!!
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    That is a good tip if you need a spacer. The Genies are to prevent static that causes birdnesting and other problems.
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    The static naturally discharges thru the metal in the machine. Birdsnesting is caused by the bobbin being too loose and spinning after you've stopped the machine -- ANYTHING you put in there to "tighten" up that bobbin is going to help.
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    Be careful of the cardboard, it will build up link in your machine from the friction of the bobbin......

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    Or lint, even.....

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    Actually, Peckish, the piece of cardboard or whatever it is shouldn't be moving at all....only the thread moves around....so no lint (link ) SHOULD be forming!! But you know -- nowadays, who can tell!!!!
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    Sounds like a great idea to me! Cudo's to you for your ingenuity!
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    my momma taught me to use oiled stablizer like pellon put a drop of oil on it, and it works also.
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    Do you cut the pellon into the shape of the washer?

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