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Thread: Do you use half filled bobbins for the top thread?

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    Do you use half filled bobbins for the top thread?

    I use up my half filled bobbins when piecing using them as the top thread especially when I need a color thread for a small project. Sometimes the bobbin gets a little wonky as it spins but I found a neat gadget that stops that. It's not necessary but it works great.
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    This is soooo good! Thanks for tip!

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    If you get the Quilty Box one was included in one of the boxes last year. Many had no idea what they were for. I think you can get one that holds the bigger bobbins from a LA too.
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    I often use up the half filled bobbins this way. I've never really had a problem with them getting wonky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    I often use up the half filled bobbins this way. I've never really had a problem with them getting wonky.
    I think it depends on the threading sequence. My Bernina will unspool the bobbin and cause some loops to go under the bobbin. My Brother it has to be on the horizontal spool pin. My FW doesn't like the bobbin on the spool pin. The Bobbinator is not necessary but works on all machines.
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    I do, and use a small black rubber washer (I took from DH's work bench. Holds just fine!!

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    I recently got one wonky due to the thread not being in right. I like this find!!

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    I use them in the bobbin when piecing, why do you use them for top thread?
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    my wonky bobbin can't be used in the bobbin area so i want to use the thread on it other than a bit of hand sewing i may do once in awhile. i can't find it online other than with prefilled bobbins that come with it. i have never used pre filled ones on my machine. anywhere i can just get the bobbinator??

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    Yes, I do. It makes so much sense to do it. Cool tool!
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    I.Need.One.Of.Those.

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    Yikes! A little pricey for my pocketbook.

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    Goodness where does everyone shop the first price they find? I would never pay that much over wholesale. They are $18 on sale for $14 here: https://quiltybox.com/shop/product/1791679416
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    I always prewash my fabrics and use the bobbins as top thread when zig-zagging the edges of my fabric before washing. Great way to use up all my bobbin thread. Also, use bobbin thread when piecing. I always put the bobbin on the up right spool pin with a felt pad underneath to keep the bobbin from spinning out of control. I make the circle felt pads out of left over batting and cut a small hole in the center (not perfect but they work).
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    I have used a bobbin as top thread a few times, but only if the color I really want is already on a bobbin. Have you ever run out of thread from the top thread? It's a real mess.

    If you run out of thread in the bobbin where it belongs, it's just the end. Put in a new bobbin and you're good to go.

    If you run out of top thread while sewing, it's a mess and you have to untangle it and get rid of all that excess thread mucking up your seam.
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    Cool idea. I normally use less than half filled bobbins for basting along the edges of my quilt instead of using the bobbin thread that will be used in the quilting process. I also use it for hemming the binding if its the correct color. One thing I don't do is pull it off and throw it away. Too costly these days.
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    Ok sorry ladies, I missed the "wonky" part. Thanks for the kindness!
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    If you run out of top thread while sewing, it's a mess and you have to untangle it and get rid of all that excess thread mucking up your seam.
    Running out of top thread doesn't mess up like that with me on any of my machines. I noticed I was low on top thread yesterday and kept sewing until it ran out. No mess happened. Maybe it's the type of machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Goodness where does everyone shop the first price they find? I would never pay that much over wholesale. They are $18 on sale for $14 here: https://quiltybox.com/shop/product/1791679416
    That is a much better price, but you still need to add $5 for shipping. Still a better deal than other sites. I have used bobbins as a top thread like when using a double needle now I'm trying to decide if I should get one!
    Sue

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    Bobbinator shipping cost from Quilty Box

    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Goodness where does everyone shop the first price they find? I would never pay that much over wholesale. They are $18 on sale for $14 here: https://quiltybox.com/shop/product/1791679416
    The shipping is reasonable from Quilty Box - $5.00

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    Yes, all the time, have been doing this for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cashs_mom View Post
    I often use up the half filled bobbins this way. I've never really had a problem with them getting wonky.
    Same here. :-)
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    95% of my online quilting buys have free shipping so I don't mind paying shipping on the other 5%. Where I draw the line is when the shipping is more then the item bought.
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    That is a very neat idea. What we all need - another gadget!!

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