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Thread: Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washers

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    Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washers

    I see these in Nancy's Notions catalog. Has anyone used these? Did they keep the "backlash and bird's nest" from happening on the underside of your project? Do they fit all machines? Do you think they are beneficial?
    Thanks for your help!

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    I have them. They come in a pack with several "washers" but very little info. I was wondering if they sent you several in case you have several machines or if they "wear out." I am using one in my Babylock Quilter's Choice and the machine seems to moving better but I also recently changed to a higher quality thread. I don't know which is making my machine run better. They are relatively inexpensive...

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    Great question, I have wondered the same thing!

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    I tried them in my Viking Sapphire and didn't notice a difference. On this machine the bobbin has curved sides, not flat like most bobbins. Maybe it just didn't have enough contact to make a difference.

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    I use them in all my machines and love them! My stitches look much better, especially FMQ.
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    I use them. It prevents static in the metal bobbin case. One will last a very long time if you don't drop it and can't find it.
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    I tried them in my janome 6600 and noticed no difference.

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    Won't fit in my drop down bobbin but I should try it in the 15-91.

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    I don't think you are suppose to notice a difference. It's a precaution.
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    Leah Day recommends them for drop in bobbins for free motion quilting.

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    I have at least 15 machines and have never had the need for any product like that.. my machines and my stitching are great.

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    I'm with Candace on this. I've never had a bird's nest or eyelash so there's no need for one.

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    They are for fmqing and long arms.
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    I made my own out of silicone oven liner. I don't know if they help or not, but I haven't done much FMQ.
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    I have one in my Baby Lock Quilter's Dream and love it. Haven't had any "problems."
    I started using my Singer for piecing recently and forgot to use the genie. I noticed nests on my sewing; using the same thread as in my Baby Lock!
    They must be doing something!
    I have read that they last for a LONG time. I'm still using my first one. Just don't lose it when you change bobbins! They are tricky to find on the floor.

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    I use to use them in my Viking Designer SE just when it was set up to embroider - really made a difference! Then I tried them for all sewing in both my machines and I do feel there is a definite difference in the stitch quality especially when FMQing. I believe the quilting diva Sharon Schamber also uses the Genies. These may be just a specialty type of washer that might can be had via a local plumbing store (I'd heard this on another group but have not checked it out).
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    My LQS let my "try these out" during a class and I did not notice any difference.

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    There are 2 sizes they should be marked for domestic sewing machines (I believe 6942A) and there is a size that says for Long Arm machines. You have to be careful about that as the ones marked for LA are only for the LAs that have the larger bobbin - LAs with the regular size bobbin use the ones for DSM

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    Forgot to mention, these are not necessary for regular (straight) sewing but are intended to decrease the backlash that you get when FMQ. I do find them helpful for this

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnye View Post
    I have one in my Baby Lock Quilter's Dream and love it. Haven't had any "problems."
    I started using my Singer for piecing recently and forgot to use the genie. I noticed nests on my sewing; using the same thread as in my Baby Lock!
    They must be doing something!
    I have read that they last for a LONG time. I'm still using my first one. Just don't lose it when you change bobbins! They are tricky to find on the floor.
    I agree with Sunnye. They have helped me with my regular sewing and also with my quilting. Although I haven't gotten up the nerve to do FMQ, yet. That is on my to do list, when I don't have anyone else in the house to hear my comments to myself when I am not fast enough to keep up with the machine.
    J Kretz

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    You need to remove the little spring thing in the metal bobbin casing for the genie to work. It comes our easy and goes back in easy.
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    I have used them in my Pfaff Creative 2.0. It seems to make the thread reel off more smoothly and it definitely has helped me with birds' nests. However, when I got my machine serviced a month ago, the person at the sewing machine store told me that it needed a timing adjustment. I haven't had a problem with birds' nests since, but I've only used Pfaff plastic bobbins since I got it back. But I'm holding on to those bobbin washers if the problem arises again.

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    I use them all the time and love them!

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    I use them in my longarm and LOVE them. Ive also trimmed them down to fit my domestic machine as well. Well worth using!

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    I had no idea what there were so I went to Nancy's notions to look at them. Now I know and I think I will buy some and try it out. Many of you here say it is great. I learn so much here (sigh)
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