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    Bobbin Winder

    Folks, I know there have been threads on here in the past about bobbin winders with a lot of mixed reviews. My question is ....Is there a more heavy duty model that works better than the Sidewinder? I think I would like to have one to keep me from having to wind bobbins on my Bailey quilter. Any suggestions? Also, do they work on Bailey bobbins? I also use a Pfaff machine as well as a Featherweight. It would be great if I found one that would work with all of those bobbin types.

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    Looks like there is a Side Winder deluxe model also. I would love to know if someone has one that they are really happy with.

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    I only have the Sidewinder and really like it - have not had any problem with my machines using the bobbins from it. But I do not have a Bailey or a LA.

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    Thanks quiltingcandy! I may just try one of those.

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    This is the one I purchased.
    http://fancyquilt.com/store/viewitem.php?productid=0
    When you order, you tell them which bobbin you use and they send the appropriate model. I looked at a lot of the heavy duty ones, priced from $100 - $200. I had questions on how they operated and belive it or not, I didn't receive a reply from any of them except from Fancy Quilt. They were great to work with and I love my winder!
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    I know the ordinary sidewinder won't wind the larger bobbins. I have one. It is useless for me. My bobbins are larger. I can't help you with any others.

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    I have the sidewinder and it works great but can only use it for one machine. My Vikings wind the thread in the opposite direction so it won't work for it. I tried turning the bobbins upside down so it would be in the right direction but it still didn't do so well. For my Kenmore it works great
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    You should consider prewound bobbins instead. Both Superior threads and Filtec offer prewounds http://www.bobbincentral.com/ and they are totally worth it. I love Filtec magna glide bobbins and prefer to use those over anything. Better wind, better tension and best of all you don't have to spend valuable time messing around with winding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    This is the one I purchased.
    http://fancyquilt.com/store/viewitem.php?productid=0
    When you order, you tell them which bobbin you use and they send the appropriate model. I looked at a lot of the heavy duty ones, priced from $100 - $200. I had questions on how they operated and belive it or not, I didn't receive a reply from any of them except from Fancy Quilt. They were great to work with and I love my winder!
    Thanks kimg for bringing this up as I am desperate for one...
    Paperprincess I believe you have the Viking long arm right? D you use the winder for both size M and L bobbins. I have the Viking 18x8 and want to be able to wind the M size but also for L for the regular sewing and embroidery machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charming View Post
    Thanks kimg for bringing this up as I am desperate for one...
    Paperprincess I believe you have the Viking long arm right? D you use the winder for both size M and L bobbins. I have the Viking 18x8 and want to be able to wind the M size but also for L for the regular sewing and embroidery machines.
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    Hi Faten, I use it for the 18X8 because I just hated the way it winds the bobbins. I've had it for over a year. To be honest I don't remember if you can wind both sizes, because I just wanted it for the LA. I use prewounds for embroidery, and just wind them on my viking diamond for piecing and sewing. I would suggest you contact the fancyquilt.com site they are very helpful. As I said, I really like mine a lot. Winds the bobbins smoothly with good tension and very quickly.
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    I had the smaller Simplicity bobbin winder which handles more than one kind of bobbin...Class 15 bobbins, Viking bobbins, etc. I did not like it because the bobbin would stop winding before it got filled up all the way. I just bought the Simplcity Deluxe model...haven't tried it yet...hope to do that tomorrow (Tuesday). I have several prewound size L bobbins which I can stil use on my DSM. Still, it will be neat to rewind those bobbins onto Class 15 for my Bailey. Besides, these bobbins are already paid for, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    This is the one I purchased.
    http://fancyquilt.com/store/viewitem.php?productid=0
    When you order, you tell them which bobbin you use and they send the appropriate model. I looked at a lot of the heavy duty ones, priced from $100 - $200. I had questions on how they operated and belive it or not, I didn't receive a reply from any of them except from Fancy Quilt. They were great to work with and I love my winder!
    that is really a nice bobbin winder. I like it a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Hi Faten, I use it for the 18X8 because I just hated the way it winds the bobbins. I've had it for over a year. To be honest I don't remember if you can wind both sizes, because I just wanted it for the LA. I use prewounds for embroidery, and just wind them on my viking diamond for piecing and sewing. I would suggest you contact the fancyquilt.com site they are very helpful. As I said, I really like mine a lot. Winds the bobbins smoothly with good tension and very quickly.
    Thanks so much. I wanted mainly for my long arm because like u said I don't like the way it winds and it is nice to be able to wind a new one when u need it while quilting.
    I will definitely give that company a call as this is the second time I hear good words about them from a different forum.
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    APQS makes one. It came with my machine so I do not know the cost, but it is very heave and works great! Have you considered just going to pre-wound bobbins.
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    I also purchased mine from fancy quilt, I love love love it!!!!

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    I have the original Sidewinder and use it to wind bobbins for my Bailey, Singer, and White machines with NO problems.

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    I mentioned yesterday that I would try out the Simplicity Deluxe Winder. I used the cone and the regular thread spool with success. It has a tension disk, a speed control button and an on/off button which the smaller model did not have. I found if I use higher tension and higher speed control, it winds quite evenly. Otherwise, it winds unevenly and you end up with less thread on the bobbin. There is a button by the side of the bobbin holder which helps you determine how full the bobbin should be. Works great. I also tested winding from the size L bobbin (with cardboard sizes) to Class 15 bobbin which my Bailey uses. It works well as long as I take off one cardboard side off; this helps the thread to spin off the bobbin smoothly. Since this bobbin is relatively lightweight, I hold the other cardboard side down with my fingertip so that it does not fly off the thread post. At this point, it is a keeper, smile.

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    Hello, as to the one on Fancyquilt.com, mine is the same but I can't remember where I purchased it back 10 years ago. At that time, they only had one model for very few machines as they were just getting started I think. Anyway, I told them I'd like one that could wind the Neb bobbins, Babylock and my green bobbins for the Designer 1 (Viking). They made a special spindle that I could change out for the different bobbins. Since then I basically used the winder just for my Juki bobbins which neither spindle fit so I added painter's blue tape to one spindle to make it fit. Every once in a while I'd have to replace the painter's tape but it worked just fine for me. Since then I've sold my Juki and replaced it with an Innova which comes with its own winder.

    Suz in Iowa

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    You can purchased a bobbin winder simular to the white one that was posted, only it is black, through Linda's Electric Quilts.

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    I have the sidewinder deluxe and love it! I wind the bobbins for my long arm as well as my "regular" machines. I don't have to touch the tension on it - I found that perfect spot that works on all of my machines. I never use the machine to wind a bobbin anymore - so much quicker on the sidewinder!!
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    I bought this b4 I moved to Chile and LOVE it. Compared the others b4 I bought and this is the best IMO. (I had to know it was heavy duty and wouldn't cause trouble 4,000 miles away from it's home turf.)

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    Straight from a guy who was a tech on machines his whole life. Have both an HQ 16 LA that takes bigger commercial bobbins, had a Phaff, Brother,Singer and now overseas here on 220V I have a Janome as well. This works on them all smoothly and accurately. Love it. Takes AA batteries which last forever and means there is no cord to drag around and find a home for.
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    I love my bobbin winder but it doesn't work well using Bottom Line or Sew Fine thread. The thread is too fine and you wind up with a rat's nest. Works great on regular thread but I don't have a LA.
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    The sidewinder doesn't work on the Viking green bobbins, so its useless for my Viking Sapphire. Sometimes it won't wind my other bobbins tightly or evenly, so I seldom use it. This was a waste of money for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend View Post
    The sidewinder doesn't work on the Viking green bobbins, so its useless for my Viking Sapphire. Sometimes it won't wind my other bobbins tightly or evenly, so I seldom use it. This was a waste of money for me.
    Which one do you have? Do you use it for the long arm bobbins?
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    I got one with my Nolting that winds the large bobbins. You might contact Nolting and see if their winder is compatible with the Bailey.
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