Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Machine Embroidery
Bobbin may run out >

Bobbin may run out

Bobbin may run out

Old 12-07-2021, 05:21 PM
Super Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Posts: 1,398
Default Bobbin may run out

I am a complete newbie and know nothing. I have
Brother innov-is NQ1600E and the bobbin is less than half full.
My question is this, if the bobbin runs out in middle of design, I
think machine will stop. At that time, do I refill the bobbin, hit
something, maybe 'start' or something and machine will continue
like there was no interruption. Right?
rvsfan is offline  
Old 12-07-2021, 05:32 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: northern minnesota
Posts: 2,372

I usually fill about 7 bobbins before I start to embroider. Don't know why I picked that number but I want to have the extra bobbin ready. I do not have your specific machine. If you have a manual, I would look in it to determine how the machine gets to where you left off. Some machines will are easier than others to reposition. You want it to start again a 6-7 stitches before you ran out of bobbin as far as I recall. Just took a glance, If you don't have a manual, you can download one.
sewingpup is offline  
Old 12-08-2021, 04:34 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 1,538

Your machine will tell you your bobbin is about to run out. Stop the machine and put in a new bobbin, don't wait until it runs out. It's always a good idea to back it up a few stitches before starting the embroidery again. Look in your manual under "Embroidering" and it will give you the steps to backing up and repositioning your project. I wind an extra bobbin before I start, it's amazing how much stitching you can get out of one bobbin. Of course if you're stitching a big design you will need a few more.
rjwilder is offline  
Old 12-08-2021, 05:08 AM
Super Member
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Sunny Florida
Posts: 4,423

Yes, check the manual. It will show you the sequence of changing a new bobbin.

For embroidery projects, I check the bobbin between thread-color changes if it's starting to run low. Most often, I change it before it runs out. I use the left over bobbin thread to do piecing. I also use pre-wound bobbins as there is more thread on them.

Before changing bobbins, I write down the step and the stitch count number so I can find my way back into the design if needed. Be careful that you don't bump or re-position the arm when removing the hoop for bobbin changes.
Rhonda K is offline  
Old 12-09-2021, 04:07 AM
patricej's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Southeast Georgia, USA
Posts: 9,103

you have to keep the bobbin sensor super-clean for it to consistently work properly.
i don't take chances anymore.
if i have any doubt whether a bobbin will last through embroidery i put in a new one.
i use the partial bobbins while piecing or for test runs.
  • necessity is the mother of invention. lazy is the crazy aunt.
  • for issues regarding the reminder emails, please contact [email protected]
patricej is offline  
Old 12-09-2021, 05:51 AM
Super Member
juliasb's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Waterford Michigan
Posts: 7,241

My machine will tell me when the bobbin is getting low because of the sensory device in the bobbin. Be sure to always use the correct bobbins so the sensory will work. My machine also backs up 5 stitches when I remove the bobbin to change it out. I add another extra 5 stitches for good measure. That last 5 stitches are my personal preference. As others have said refer to the manual.
juliasb is offline  
Old 12-09-2021, 06:35 AM
Junior Member
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 281

I think the prewound bobbins are supposed to have a lot more thread on them than home wound bobbins. If it is that dense of a design, I would start with a full bobbin, though.
mmunchkins is offline  
Old 01-03-2022, 01:42 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2021
Posts: 362

I also prewind a few bobbins because it is more convenient to prewind a few bobbins before starting. If you are using your machine to do machine quilting, the thread will show on the back of the quilt and would be prone to thread breaking from use. So, you might want to change the the thread in the bobbin to match the color of the backing of your quilt. Since this is a new machine for you, I'd practice quilting/embroidering on some test fabric for the project you are stitching, or on a practice quilt sandwitch. If the shop you bought it from has classes, it'd be a good idea to sign up for one.
pennyhal2 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter