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Thread: ??? about thread stash & bobbins

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    Hi, everybody

    I'm planning my budget for August and was looking for your advice & input, please. ;) Connecting threads has their thread on sale. I like their thread and will be ordering some.

    My 1st question is this: Is it better, in general, to have a stash of mostly white, black and neutral colors, or to have a smaller collection of those and add other colors? If I could afford them all, I probably would order some of each, but that would add up quickly, even on sale.

    2nd question is this: How many bobbins is a good number to have? I am getting a new machine that does not share bobbins with my current one. It comes with a few bobbins and I ordered 10 extra. I'm thinking that it's probably like fabric, the one who dies with the most wins. :lol:

    3rd Question: This just crossed my mind as I was writing this post. I use a sidewinder to fill bobbins. The instructions that come with it are on the skimpy side. Do you guys oil yours? Or do you keep a standby around so when one bites the dust you can chunk it, use the standby, then hope someone has them on sale? :-P

    BTW, can a sidewinder be used to wind Juki bobbins? I'm thinking that if the bobbin fits then the winder can fill it, but perhaps not.

    Thanks! Ya'll have taught me a lot and I'm glad I found the board.

    Happy quilting,
    M&M

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    I have recently decided to just have white, black, tan and smoke (gray) for piecing. I read that these blend best with most fabrics for piecing.

    I also read that different thread should be used for piecing than for quilting. I read a suggestion to try polyester for quilting and will try that soon.

    Then I use hand quilting thread for the binding. Works beautifully. I have to coordinate that will every new quilt I do.

    I only have 3 bobbins for my sewing machine. I want to buy more but am not sure where I can get bobbins for a BabyLock Quilter's Choice machine.

    I don't use a separate bobbin winder.

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    I like to have at least a dozen bobbins -

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    i also buy my thread from connecting threads- i am trying to get alot of colors- mainly because i always seem to need a new color for every new quilt- i'm always running out of white/black/gray and creams (guess i forget to reorder those- trying to collect those colors-) just had a quilt come in for quilting that has to have yellow thread--and i had none--new order time :)
    guess it's personal choice-
    and i have no idea why some people insist you can not quilt with what you peice with---i use all my threads (except hand use threads that should not be used in machines)
    i think i have about 15 bobbins for my regular sewing machine- i don't know why i have so many- i can only use one at a time.
    i do have a side winder and bought my mom one too- she has a commercial machine with larger bobbins- the side winder works for them (size M) and it works fine for my viking and the brother-
    don't know anything about oiling it- bought them on sale and when they croak will more than likely just buy another one...seems like a fairly (inexpensive) item and not really made for repairing- but so far they have held up for 2 years.
    i think that's my 2 cents worth on your 3 questions :)

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    I got some of the giant cone thread from Connecting Thread in about 3 colors. For piecing, it's all I've needed, and it's very inexpensive. I use hand quilting thread (Coats & Clark) for quilting and doing the hand work for the binding.

    I am a bobbin hoarder. Whenever I see them on sale, I buy a pack of them. I have a Sidewinder, but I rarely use it. I find the bobbin winder on my machine(s) to be more convenient.

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    I prefer to buy fabric for a particular project then I can decide how much
    I really need. I buy for the top, border, backing and binding. I used to
    forget the last three. LOL. You will end up with a stash sooner or later...
    it grows in the dark. Trust me. :-D

    Bobbins...I started with 5 and keep adding as I buy more thread. I hate
    winding thread over the same bobbin. Drives me nuts when the thread
    I need is inside.

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    I have a couple spools of neutrals, but have more colors than neutrals. Most of my fabric stash is colorful. I have a ton of plastic bobbins and I have 2 machines that use them, I have quite a lot of the metal bobbins also that go with my other machines. I don't have a separate bobbin winder. I would say get colors of thread that go with the colors you like working with. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I prefer to buy fabric for a particular project then I can decide how much
    I really need. I buy for the top, border, backing and binding. I used to
    forget the last three. LOL. You will end up with a stash sooner or later...
    it grows in the dark. Trust me. :-D

    Bobbins...I started with 5 and keep adding as I buy more thread. I hate
    winding thread over the same bobbin. Drives me nuts when the thread
    I need is inside.
    I have gobs of bobbins! I use a bobbin for every color that I sew with. I too hate to cover up thread on a bobbin. I got these do-hickeys called Bobbin mates that hold the bobbin to the top of the spool of thread and I got these things called Bobbin wraps that go around the bobbin and keep the thread from unraveling.
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    I just placed my order for the Connecting Threads sale and ordered black, white, gray, and a few other neutrals in quantities of 3 - 5. All of my piecing is done in neutrals so I load up about 5 bobbins at a time. By then I'll be ready for another shade and reload when they are empty. Not sure how many bobbins I actually have - when I need to change color for quilting, it never seems to be enough.

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    I used to buy all different colors but guess what? I still have most of them. I use whites and neutrals almost all the time.
    I have several machines and 5-10 bobbins for each I think.
    I love my side-winder! I bought it mainly for my vintage machines b/c it's just easier for me to wind a bunch at once.
    But I use it for all of them now.
    I never heard of oiling one. For the money I would just get another with a Joann's coupon if mine croaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have gobs of bobbins! I use a bobbin for every color that I sew with. I too hate to cover up thread on a bobbin. I got these do-hickeys called Bobbin mates that hold the bobbin to the top of the spool of thread and I got these things called Bobbin wraps that go around the bobbin and keep the thread from unraveling.
    I like to have a bobbin for every colour I sew with too, but I do a lot of sewing besides quilting. For piecing I stick with black, white or tan so far, but for the actual quilting it will vary....might be very colourful depending on the top.

    auntpiggylpn, I like your storage system! Haven't seen the bobbin mates but will make a point of looking for them, this is very cool! Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neeng
    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    I have gobs of bobbins! I use a bobbin for every color that I sew with. I too hate to cover up thread on a bobbin. I got these do-hickeys called Bobbin mates that hold the bobbin to the top of the spool of thread and I got these things called Bobbin wraps that go around the bobbin and keep the thread from unraveling.
    I like to have a bobbin for every colour I sew with too, but I do a lot of sewing besides quilting. For piecing I stick with black, white or tan so far, but for the actual quilting it will vary....might be very colourful depending on the top.

    auntpiggylpn, I like your storage system! Haven't seen the bobbin mates but will make a point of looking for them, this is very cool! Thanks.
    I got both the Bobbin Mates and Bobbin Wraps from Clotilde.com

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    I bought some Bobbin Mates, but they don't fit the kind of thread I have (I think it is the Connecting Thread, but the spools aren't marked.) I thought I would be all organized with these, and stop losing the bobbins from the spools, but that plan fell through. I'll have to try something else. :(

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    Thanks for the info. I had never heard of the bobbin wraps, and was glad to see a picture of them. Gotta tell you though, those things look all for the world like el cheapo kids ponytail holders that are a ton for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.

    Not trying to snag business from anyone mind you, just thinking and wondering if the ponytail holders would work. Hmmm. Wonder if the bobbins would fit in a box with the holders on them? Not the bobbin mates, the bobbin wraps.

    I've got a nice stash of thread, but a lot of it is poly and/or rayon for embroidery. I don't have a lot of cotton and I ordered a couple of assortments from CT a while back. I'm enough of a newbie to think I can quilt with the same threads used in piecework. If I tried to match thread with my fabric stash, I would need some of every color they sell, which is why I'm trying to figure out what I NEED and not what I WANT. That's a hard thing for me!

    I've still got tons and tons to learn and I appreciate everyone's help and advice. I enjoy learning from all of you!! :lol:

    'Night all,
    M&M

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    Someone else on here a while ago had mentioned storing the bobbin on a dowel with the thread spool....sort of like the Bobbin Mates. I have some small dowels, may try this approach then....just make the dowel a little longer than my usual spools, so the bobbin fits on top safely.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    I bought some Bobbin Mates, but they don't fit the kind of thread I have (I think it is the Connecting Thread, but the spools aren't marked.) I thought I would be all organized with these, and stop losing the bobbins from the spools, but that plan fell through. I'll have to try something else. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by draggin_behind
    Thanks for the info. I had never heard of the bobbin wraps, and was glad to see a picture of them. Gotta tell you though, those things look all for the world like el cheapo kids ponytail holders that are a ton for a dollar at the Dollar Tree.

    Not trying to snag business from anyone mind you, just thinking and wondering if the ponytail holders would work. Hmmm. Wonder if the bobbins would fit in a box with the holders on them? Not the bobbin mates, the bobbin wraps.

    I've got a nice stash of thread, but a lot of it is poly and/or rayon for embroidery. I don't have a lot of cotton and I ordered a couple of assortments from CT a while back. I'm enough of a newbie to think I can quilt with the same threads used in piecework. If I tried to match thread with my fabric stash, I would need some of every color they sell, which is why I'm trying to figure out what I NEED and not what I WANT. That's a hard thing for me!

    I've still got tons and tons to learn and I appreciate everyone's help and advice. I enjoy learning from all of you!! :lol:

    'Night all,
    M&M
    I looked everywhere for the small ponytail holders. That is exactly what the bobbin wraps are. but I couldn't find the little ones

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