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    A few months ago, I finally taught my DH how to use my sewing machine. At first he was afraid of it. Didn't want to sew his finger. I did have him marking and cutting for me before but the house was becoming over run with 2 1/2 inch blocks. He decided that HE needed to "do something with them". So he learned how to sew. He is working on his 10th King size quilt top. The only thing is, he refuses to learn how to fill a bobbin or put it in. Now, he keeps me busy threading his machine. :roll: How can I get him to learn to fill his on bobbin????

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    Tell him it it part of sewing have his and her bobbins.

    Does he have his own machine? Or are you sharing one?

    Good luck

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    Leave the house for the day when he wants to sew.

    Leave the house with empty bobbins and a drawing of how it's inserted!

    LOL

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    He's using both of mine. He swaps from one to the other when he runs out of bobbin on one of them. I piece mine by hand so I only use the machine for putting on borders and binding. I don't mind him using them but he won't learn to do the bobbins. I have tried filling them ahead of time, so all he had to do is pop one in, but he is scared he'll mess something up I guess. He's really doing well matching seams and all. I mean, these things have about 2500 blocks in each one. Maybe more. I'll post a picture soon. Just haven't had time to take one.

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    I haven't tried getting DH involved with the sewing. I really don't know how much patience he would have with this. He loves giving opinions on patterns and colors though. It seems like he's always looking over my shoulder when I'm on the board looking (actually, drooling over some of the quilts posted) or when I'm looking through my books. All of a sudden another country is heard from. Ohhhhhh that's a really nice one!!! :lol: :lol: I just giggle to myself.

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    I know just what you mean. My DS loves to sew. He does a nice job too. But I have the thread his machine and wind the bobbin. It just intimidates him.

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    My hubby limits his quilting to telling me how to do it. He ALWAYS has something to say!

    Like "you need more contrast, I like the blue better. There is not enough texture"! He used to watch Simply Quilts with me in the afternoons before they took it off the air. He was paying attention.

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    boy, it's nice to be needed. He probably wants to make sure you do this as a "together" activity, which is flattering, right?

    Have you tried coaching him through it? actually making his fingers do the work while you stand behind him? it may take some coaxing, but with a "you can do this" attitude, I bet he will learn, just like he did with cutting and piecing.

    keep up the good work!! Can you post pics of his tops?

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    Hmmmm..... Sounds like a good excuse to get a 3rd machine, so you can keep 3 running at a time for him!

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    Send him to the VIntage machine thread here- There are tutorials for cleaning and fixing up the old machines, and lots of info on bobbins. Maybe if he understood how the machine worked, he'd be less afraid of them? I bet Billy could help. (Lostn51).

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    I wish mine would learn to cut! He could do all the cutting and I could just happily sew.

    :)

    Good deal, at least your dh might understand our love of fabric...mine doesn't get it at ALL.

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    I taught my hubby how to use the computer and he always wants to get on it when I'm on...... so I don't think I will let him learn to use my sewing machine... I would never get to use it... LOL
    As for the bobbin, tell hubby that IS part of sewing. Have him do it while you are watching. I'll be he can do it, just doesn't want to... isn't that how they are. LOVE em, but they sure can be frustrating too

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoriAmD
    I'll be he can do it, just doesn't want to... isn't that how they are. LOVE em, but they sure can be frustrating too
    I believe it is how they are, and i believe it applies to folding laundry, scrubbing floors, scrubbing toilets (or virtually anything other than car tires), cleaning showers, putting away storage containers and travel mugs *with* their lids, setting the table properly, cooking, asking for directions...
    i'd better stop. the list is getting too long :-D :-D

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    Buy him a Sidewinder, several packages of bobbins and one of those bobbin keepers. Either the little round ring or the stacking kind.

    Do the two of you fish? Does he bait your hook? If so, continue to put the bobbin in for him. If he made you learn to bait your own hook then make him learn to put a bobbin in. HOWEVER, if he has very large fingers putting a bobbin in could be quite difficult. Especially if he did or does a laborous job and his fingers are calloused.

    Then again, maybe he just likes you being close and likes the attention he gets by having you do it. Or maybe, like mine, he just likes to be aggravating. :lol: :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Buy him a Sidewinder, several packages of bobbins and one of those bobbin keepers. Either the little round ring or the stacking kind.

    Do the two of you fish? Does he bait your hook? If so, continue to put the bobbin in for him. If he made you learn to bait your own hook then make him learn to put a bobbin in. HOWEVER, if he has very large fingers putting a bobbin in could be quite difficult. Especially if he did or does a laborous job and his fingers are calloused.

    Then again, maybe he just likes you being close and likes the attention he gets by having you do it. Or maybe, like mine, he just likes to be aggravating. :lol: :lol:

    i totally love this idea, and totally agree!!!

    as for large fingers, if that should be the problem, long tweezers will do the trick. let us know how it goes!! :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptureready
    Buy him a Sidewinder, several packages of bobbins and one of those bobbin keepers. Either the little round ring or the stacking kind.

    Do the two of you fish? Does he bait your hook? If so, continue to put the bobbin in for him. If he made you learn to bait your own hook then make him learn to put a bobbin in. HOWEVER, if he has very large fingers putting a bobbin in could be quite difficult. Especially if he did or does a laborous job and his fingers are calloused.

    Then again, maybe he just likes you being close and likes the attention he gets by having you do it. Or maybe, like mine, he just likes to be aggravating. :lol: :lol:
    Actually I come from a fishing family and I wouldn't dare let anybody bait my hook for me. Unfortunately my DH is just a stubborn hard headed man and until he gets ready to learn, I'm afraid he won't. I tried filling several bobbins and just showing him how to put them in but he says No. I want you to put them in.
    Yes, I will post a picture. Just haven't had time yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    A few months ago, I finally taught my DH how to use my sewing machine. At first he was afraid of it. Didn't want to sew his finger. I did have him marking and cutting for me before but the house was becoming over run with 2 1/2 inch blocks. He decided that HE needed to "do something with them". So he learned how to sew. He is working on his 10th King size quilt top. The only thing is, he refuses to learn how to fill a bobbin or put it in. Now, he keeps me busy threading his machine. :roll: How can I get him to learn to fill his on bobbin????
    Buy him prewound.

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    Send him for classes, lol. I would not like sharing my machine and I think if he had his own with a MANUAL (men are really good at figuring things out and it would be his own machine) he would learn to fill bobbins, clean it, etc.
    Maybe a nice birthday gift or Christmas present?

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I know just what you mean. My DS loves to sew. He does a nice job too. But I have the thread his machine and wind the bobbin. It just intimidates him.
    Totally off subject - where are you all getting your signature logos? I'd love one!

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    Just do it and look at it as something you can do together.

    I think I would like it if my husband would try it, at least we'd have something in common besides our dd. Right now the only thing that he would want to do together would be to fly RC planes. To me that's about as boring as can be. I'd rather sit in a field and listen to the corn grow.

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    I kinda got in first before it could be a problem. Told DH he wasn't allowed to use my machine until I had given him a lesson in how to use it - which included how to wind the bobbin.

    My DH does 'stitching' to make 'manly' things like tool bags. He also does knot work - I love to tease him by calling it macrame (which is not 'manly' - hehe)

    I'm sure your DH will work it out when he needs to. Until then, enjoy your shared interest! Good on you both.

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    Look him straight in the face and tell him that he is on his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker
    A few months ago, I finally taught my DH how to use my sewing machine. At first he was afraid of it. Didn't want to sew his finger. I did have him marking and cutting for me before but the house was becoming over run with 2 1/2 inch blocks. He decided that HE needed to "do something with them". So he learned how to sew. He is working on his 10th King size quilt top. The only thing is, he refuses to learn how to fill a bobbin or put it in. Now, he keeps me busy threading his machine. :roll: How can I get him to learn to fill his on bobbin????
    It's the equivalent of ......I love to fish, but won't put the worm on the hook. DH has to do it for me! :)

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    All of your answers are very interesting. I told him again he was going to have to learn and he said that he was scared he would mess something up. He also said the bobbin and case was too little and he didn't think he could hold on to it to put it in anyway. Oh, well, I'll just fix a few up for when I'm in a hurry and snap them in for him.
    In the mean time.... You are right. He did learn how to do this just so he could be close to me while I was in here on the computer or while I was on the other machine.
    The way I look at it is. If he tears it up... oh well... a shopping we will go!!!!! thanks you all for taking the time to give me some suggestions.

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