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Thread: Needles, bobbins, and my favorite thread ..... :-)

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    Needles, bobbins, and my favorite thread ..... :-)

    We just got one of our auction wins and in it was some sewing machine needles and a couple bobbins.

    The needles were in a box marked PRYM. They are 15x1 and are marked "55516-100"
    But what fascinated me was the pointy ends are plated in some gold colored metal. Really pretty.
    Are these current or some older brand? I "think" I've seen something like these but I have no idea where.
    What was the purpose of the gold plated points?
    Are they worth keeping as souvenirs or should I use 'em?

    The bobbins were one Class 66 and one Class 15.
    The class 15 was nothing out of the ordinary, but that class 66 .... old, very old.
    It is a one piece steel, non plated, bobbin turned out on a lathe. It is the only class 66 like this I have although I have some made that way that fit my 9W-7. I will be using it. I wonder how old it is?

    The last goodies that I went giddy over is several large spools of Mercerized, Boilfast, #50 thread.
    Real genuine #50 thread like my mom used for so long. Oh how I wish I could find some like that today.

    And there there was a gazillion buttons, and zippers. My wife can have those.

    I just got a new spring from the local SMG for the tensioner in my #2 Threadle. The tensioner has been fickle from day one and the spring is bent. Once I get the replacement spring in it, I'm going to load that very old machined bobbin with some of the white #50 thread, stick the spool on the pin and sew my quilted cover with it. I love that thread ...


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    Can you post a picture of the old 66 bobbin? It would be interesting to see it.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline,

    Here's a montage of views of the old bobbin and of some other class 66 bobbins I had handy.


    Machined one piece bobbin.


    A: One piece machined bobbin
    B: Two piece stamped bobbin joined in the center of the axle
    C: Three piece stamped bobbin, axle has no seam
    D: Three piece stamped bobbin, axle has seam running crosswise
    E: One piece cast plastic bobbin


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    Thanks for the pictures Joe. It may help me identify some of the mystery bobbins that I have acquired. I always find it interesting that quite a few of the machines I have purchased have some odd ball bobbins with them.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I also have some old bobbins that I was wondering about. This helps!! thanks, Joe.

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    How about we start a "What does this bobbin fit thread"?

    I've got one I have no idea about . I dig it out and take some pics of it.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    How about we start a "What does this bobbin fit thread"?

    I've got one I have no idea about . I dig it out and take some pics of it.

    Joe
    I think you already did. How do you take such good closeup photos?
    Sweet Caroline

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    Caroline:

    I'm using a Canon Power Shot A520 with all controls pretty much set on Automatic. I set it at the highest resolution, turn off the flash and set it on Macro. Then I just let the camera do the rest.
    After the picture is taken I crop out what I don't want, then if needed put in a hint of "fix" and "focus" with the program that came with our old Epson printer: Photo Impression 5. The stitching of multiple pics into one is done in an older version of Photo Impact.
    There are newer versions of both programs but we haven't updated them yet.


    OK then, I'll take some pics of the other unidentified bobbin and post 'em in a bit.

    Joe

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    OK, then here is the unidentified bobbin:

    It is flat on both sides, one piece machined with a slot on each side at the axle. There is also a crosswise grove for the bobbin winder to latch into in the axle. The bobbin is 7/8" in diameter and 1/4" thick.


    Can anybody tell me what this fits?

    I know it does not fit our Featherweight or 9W-7 though they are similar in shape.


    Joe

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    Could be a White Rotary Bobbin for another model than mine.
    This isn't the exact bobbin for my White Rotary, but its bobbin is that size. It is not slick, it has groves in the top and bottom. My machine is from the 1940's, but it is the same bobbin as my grandma's 1917 White Rotary treadle.
    That is my White Rotary in my avatar.
    To make lots of quilts, is to have lots of scraps, and I do, and I do.
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