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    Angry Bobbin confession

    I just have to ask...When you fill your bobbin, Do you stick the thread in the tiny whole on the top of the bobbin & hold it while it winds ? My shame is I just wrap the thread around the bobbin a bit until I can "take off" with it winding away. Sometimes I do it correctly but rarely. I've always done it that way ! do you share my shame ?
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    Sorry, I don't share your shame! I was taught to pull the thread thru the little hole and I just do it out of habit now! I've always been afraid my bobbin wouldn't wrap correctly or tight enough if I don't do it.
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    I used to pull the thread thru the little hole but not anymore. One time I did not get that leader thread cut close to the bobbin and it became tangled in the bobbin case. Since having to clean up that mess, I now wrap it around the bobbin and then wind. So, yes I share your shame.
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    I am guilty. there are times when I cannot get the thread through the little hole because I have benign tremors so I do wrap sometimes.
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    I never did that . I just wet the end of the thread , so it sticks to the bobbin , wind a few times manually then pop onto the winder.

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    Here's my confession. My (vintage) machine came with metal bobbins - the kind with four holes in the sides, three large holes and one smaller hole next to the middle that, I assumed, was for putting the thread through prior to winding. One day I was trying to thread it and getting a little frustrated since that little hole is so far from the edge it is hard to hit, when the light went on. Why was I going for the small, far away hole when the larger, closer holes would work just as well? I mean, when the bobbin starts to wind, the thread still wraps around the center - no matter which hole I use, right? I gave myself a dope-slap and have never bothered with that little hole again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Sorry, I don't share your shame! I was taught to pull the thread thru the little hole and I just do it out of habit now! I've always been afraid my bobbin wouldn't wrap correctly or tight enough if I don't do it.
    Same here and I hold on to the thread for a bit to make sure it doesn't tangle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjaco View Post
    I just have to ask...When you fill your bobbin, Do you stick the thread in the tiny whole on the top of the bobbin & hold it while it winds ? My shame is I just wrap the thread around the bobbin a bit until I can "take off" with it winding away. Sometimes I do it correctly but rarely. I've always done it that way ! do you share my shame ?

    If I did what you do, I'd have the world's nastiest mess on my bobbin. Besides, it's so much easier than trying to wrap the thread.
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    I've always just wound the thread around the bobbin a couple of times by hand & then started winding using the foot pedal....never had a problem. This thread made me go look at my bobbins for the little hole. Surprise! There is one---guess I'll have to try it from now on.

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    When I got my new machine last week they told me to wrap. My manual says to wrap, so no more little invisible hole for me!
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    Habits die hard. I grew up wrapping the thread so that's what I still do. No shame about it since it just works better for me.

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    I thread the hole, hold on to the thread until it has several winds, and snip the tail close to the surface. I think this comes from taking Home Ec classes with a teacher (sew police) standing over you.
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    I'm sure that's why I do it too. Must have learned it from Moma, she made all my clothes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Christine27 View Post
    Habits die hard. I grew up wrapping the thread so that's what I still do. No shame about it since it just works better for me.
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    Nope, I don't share your shame. I thread the thread through the tiny hole and then hold the end until it has wound some, stop the machine, cut the thread close to the bobbin and then let 'er rip!!!! Why not do it right - it's not as if you can walk away and do something else while the thing is winding - you still have to sit there and wait :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I thread the hole, hold on to the thread until it has several winds, and snip the tail close to the surface. I think this comes from taking Home Ec classes with a teacher (sew police) standing over you.
    Necessity gets my praise--------------never had a home ec class in my life and Mom's sewing machine was the old "bullet" style bobbin. Simply speaking, I have to hold on to the thread thru the hole or I have a mess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt View Post
    I used to pull the thread thru the little hole but not anymore. One time I did not get that leader thread cut close to the bobbin and it became tangled in the bobbin case. Since having to clean up that mess, I now wrap it around the bobbin and then wind. So, yes I share your shame.
    I always put it through the hole too; but I use my scissors to cut the thread back to the bobbin - while the bobbin is filling, I just hold the thread up and take the tip of my scissors and lay it on top of the bobbin while it's turning. Cuts perfectly. Just an ingrained habit now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catmcclure View Post
    I always put it through the hole too; but I use my scissors to cut the thread back to the bobbin - while the bobbin is filling, I just hold the thread up and take the tip of my scissors and lay it on top of the bobbin while it's turning. Cuts perfectly. Just an ingrained habit now.

    That's how I clip the thread, too. And I've never had a taggy cause any trouble----------it's too short.
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    My Pfaff bobbins don't have a hole. You just wrap them several times. The Janome bobbins have a hole and if you don't put the thread thru the hole they won't wind because of how fast it winds. Do what works best with the bobbins on your machine and don't worry about it.

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    My Viking bobbins don't have a hole either! Don't carry shame for the way you wind a bobbin!!!! As long as it works........

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    Quote Originally Posted by majormom View Post
    Why not do it right - it's not as if you can walk away and do something else while the thing is winding - you still have to sit there and wait :-)
    I have never seen a machine tech or repairman put thread through the hole on any bobbin to wind. Never seen a machine dealer do it either.
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    Well, it's no big deal, just curious. Frankly, I can barely see the hole and then I usually drop the bobbin before I get it up to the winder thingy. And if I start getting irritated, then I might as well stop. Both ways work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjaco View Post
    I can barely see the hole and then I usually drop the bobbin before I get it up to the winder thingy.
    LOL. That is so true for me!!
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    Threading that bobbin hole is worse than threading quilting needles! I wind the thread a few times and go. Never have had a problem with this method.

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    I'm a winder. In fact, after over 60 years of sewing, I just recently found out what the hole was for!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by indymta View Post
    Same here and I hold on to the thread for a bit to make sure it doesn't tangle.
    same here, in fact I hold it tight enough that it generally will break off!

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