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    while sewing without thread? I swear yesterday I must have went through 3 bobbins while playing yesterday.... I wish my machine had an alert button on it like my embroidery machine does and tells me when the bobbin gets low. I remember one time reading that some gentleman used a bobbin as his spool of thread and that way both top and bottom would run out of thread at the same time. How many of you seem to go miles without thread?

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    Those bobbin alerts would be really useful if they gave an estimate of how many inches of stitching were left - like my car does by letting me know how many kilometers I can drive with the fuel in the tank.
    I can see my bobbin, and it's like a game to see how close to the end I can sew. A perfect win is when the end of the bobbin thread comes up when I pull the fabric away at the end of the seam. :)

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    LOL! Many miles!!!!!!!

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    Yesterday, I went to a demo day at my dealer for the Janome MC11000SE - what a nice machine. It has a bobbin alert and in the settings, it appeared as if you could set it for how far in advance you'd want to be alerted - isn't that nice?!?!

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    My machine just stops sewing. Sometimes that's frustrating too if it stops in a spot I don't want to.

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    I am thankful I have bobbin alert..But before I had it...I had ISSUES...

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    I am fortunate enough to have a bobbin alert on my Brother Innovi 1000........it's saved me miles of unthreaded sewing. LOL

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    I don't think mine beeps anymore or am so used to it I ignore it because it beeped at half way,, 1/4, but NOT when out and thats when I NEED it:)

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    I have the first Singer Quantum model and it has a red light that comes on when the bobbin is getting low. I can sew about a yard length when the light comes on before it runs out. I bought this machine before I started quilting for the decorative stitches it had. It's a great machine, makes perfect satin stitches and tiny machine applique stitches.

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    Mine stops and shows the bobbin pic, but I can push ok and sew a bit more till I get to a stopping point, of course I do have to keep hitting ok if I want go futher than 1/2". My old runs out and I am just merrily sewing along till I finally realize I'm out. It's really bad now when I go from one machine to the other. The newer one has spoiled me.

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    Last night I only went thru 7 9" blocks before I figured it out. There was one time I was sewing all night long and I must have "sewn" at least 30 feet of blocks without bobbin thread. It was 3:00 am but still. I started laughing and couldn't stop!!!

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    The Pfaff Exp. 4.0 has one, too.

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    been there, done that. sorry

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    In my Pfaff when the bobbin gets low it kind of rattles. When it quits rattling I know I'm out of thread. I rarely sew more than just a couple of inches without bobbin thread.

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    I can hear when the bobbin is out of thread, the machine changes the pitch of it's hum just a little bit and I can normally pick up on that so I usually on do a few stitches.

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    no thread in bobbin!!!!
    do you think that is why the last 4 blocks I sewed didn't stay together?.....But this sewing at 2-4 A.M. has a way of doing that to me. lol

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    If I'm going to be sewing for a long time,1st thing I do is check the bobbin,so I seldom run out.Another thing that helps is the amount of thread my Bernina bobbins hold.Out of 5-6 machines I've owned, this is the champ.DH says it's like the Energizer Bunny......:)

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    good golly, my machine is outdated...... it sew forward and back with a few easy extra's. Bobbin alert? What's that?? LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Playtime7
    while sewing without thread? I swear yesterday I must have went through 3 bobbins while playing yesterday.... I wish my machine had an alert button on it like my embroidery machine does and tells me when the bobbin gets low. I remember one time reading that some gentleman used a bobbin as his spool of thread and that way both top and bottom would run out of thread at the same time. How many of you seem to go miles without thread?
    Nope, my Vikings all beep to let me know there is only about 2 feet of thread left. My bobbin window is clear so I check occasionally. I can usually sense when it is time to refill. I always have 2 or 3 extras waiting by the side.

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    My machine lets me know when the bobbin is just about empty. When it dings at me I know there is 6" or less left on the bobbin. I've seen some people purposely sew until it does run out, to save thread, but I change bobbins as soon as it dings. That is one of my favorite features on my machine.

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    Amen to that

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    My embroidery machine alerts me when it is getting low. I love it. But my regular sewing machine does not. I curse every time.

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    My machine has an alert, but before I got this one, I am sure I went miles and miles

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    I have the Janome 11000MC and Janome 6600 and both alert me when the bobbin is nearly empty. It one of those really neat options on both of them. It is really frustrating to sew and find you've been stitching with invisible thread all that time.

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    My Viking starts mis-behaving when the bobbin is almost empty but there have been times I have ignored it and sewn seams with no bobbin thread.

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