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    Bobbin washers

    Has any one had trouble with these washers? Used one for the first time and was sewing on a border when the bobbin jammed, checked it out and the washer was all crumpled up. Any ideas as to why this happened?

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    Do you have trouble with your bobbins, is that why you were using the washers? If not, toss the washers in the trash. You don't really need to use them.
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    Sometimes they can raise your bobbin up just a hair...enough for your thread to catch on and cause a jam. I have this issue with drop in bobbins.

    Honestly I have never needed bobbin washers with plastic drop in bobbins. I do a lot of heirloom quilting on a simple inexpensive Brother from Walmart among other machines. They can be helpful for metal bobbins in metal cases that don't already have bobbin springs.
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    I've never needed them either, so have never tried them.

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    You have to take out the spring in the metal bobbin case. Most who sell these don't know the way they were meant to be used. They work great in the older all metal machines. I like how they stop most of my bobbin thread problems so I use them. I don't use them in my drop in bobbins because they are all plastic and not much static.
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    I use them and it's eliminated my problems with eyelashes, etc. on the backs of my quilts.

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    I have never tried them.

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    I use them but I use metal bobbins and a bobbin case without a spring

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    I did not have any problems with bobbin, just thought they were supposed to be good, so tried them but will not use them again. I have an all metal machine (Elna SU) with metal drop in bobbins. Guess I can sell them on Ebay lol

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    Have used them with free motion successfully - the brand used is Little Genie - the flatter side is placed up in my machine for eyelash issue on quilt back. They don't seem to work well with regular sewing for me.

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    I bought some and tried them, I was not impressed and never use them two machines with metal bobbins and metal springs. I have a vintage machine without a metal spring and tried the washer in it, works perfect without either one.
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    call the company who make them

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    I've never needed them either, so have never tried them.
    Me either and I have close to 30 sewing machines! If one learns to adjust tension and use the machine properly, they're not necessary IMO.

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    Has anyone used them in a Singer 301? I wondered if they work in a side bobbin?

    Thanks.

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    I use them for my FW and 301, Bernina, and Brother 1500. I like them because it stops the metal to metal contact which will cause static. A drop of Sewer's Aid will do the same thing though.
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    Doesn't the 1500 bobbin have a spring?

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    I took the spring out of the bobbin case. It's easy to put back in, if I don't lose it. LOL
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    i use a peice of thin paper with a drop of oil .....it helps the backlash

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    I thought I needed them, tried them and now they're in a drawer somewhere for my kids to find someday and wonder what in the world they are

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    I went the sewing machine shop in town and asked if she sold them. They told me they cause more problems and repairs than anything. I know Leah day swears by them but I haven't had a need yet. And the shop makes me weary.

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    What are they and how are they used?

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    I'm almost 80 years old and I have never heard of them. Please explain how they are used

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    I have an old machine from the 50s and one from the 90s. They have metal bobbin cases and metal bobbins, neither came with the spring. They sew perfectly without the spring. I did buy some washers from a very knowable woman on the 'net. A real waste of money. As was the slider thing.
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    You put them in the bobbin holder before you put your bobbin back and they are "supposed to make your sewing better" but in my machine they scrunched up and were no good. Guess that is what I get for not leaving well enough alone lol
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    I use them in my 15-91 Singer machine
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