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Thread: More on bobbin winders

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    After reading all the dissatisfaction about Sidewinders, I thought I would share my thoughts. Several years ago I purchased a K-Kraft bobbin winder . It has been such a valuable tool for me. I use a lot of bobbins on my many machines and it does a nice job of winding a perfect bobbin. It is more expensive- $99 - but well worth it in my opinion. Here is the link:
    http://fancyquilt.com/

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    I have the sidewinder and it works great for the Featherweight but not so much for my computerized machines.

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    Do you wind both L and M sizes? Looking for one to wind the M size for my Tin Lizzie.

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    I have the sidewinder and it works great. I have used it with my Kenmore/Janome machine. At the beginning of each quilt I sit and watch TV and wind bobbins for that project. I haven't used it for my Viking and I heard somewhere it wouldn't work well for it. Well my Viking Mega quilter will wind bobbins while I sew so I don't worry about that and soon I'll get my Viking #1 out of the shop and I'll try w/just one partcial spool to see how it goes. I also will wind old metal bobbins that I don't use any more w/thread for hand appliqueing; they are smaller and easier to take along with you.

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    I've had my Sidewinder since they came out and no problems with the Featherweight, Janome, Kenmore, Brother machines. My little nieces loves to wind bobbins when visiting...I must have 200+...lol.

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    I guess I'm just silly. I use my machine to wind them.

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    My sidewinder works awesome for all my machines but the Viking machine.

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    I have a Brother and a White as well as a Viking. I use the bobbin winder for all but for the Viking turn the bobbin over so it winds the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cargeo
    I have a Brother and a White as well as a Viking. I use the bobbin winder for all but for the Viking turn the bobbin over so it winds the other way.
    I will give that a try.. Thanks.

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    If you purchase the PINK sidewinder, then put the green Viking bobbin on UPSIDE DOWN, it will work.

    Viking bobbins wind in the other direction.

    I have it and use it.

    Jean

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    I use a sidewinder to wind the bobbins for my Viking.

    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    I have the sidewinder and it works great. I have used it with my Kenmore/Janome machine. At the beginning of each quilt I sit and watch TV and wind bobbins for that project. I haven't used it for my Viking and I heard somewhere it wouldn't work well for it. Well my Viking Mega quilter will wind bobbins while I sew so I don't worry about that and soon I'll get my Viking #1 out of the shop and I'll try w/just one partcial spool to see how it goes. I also will wind old metal bobbins that I don't use any more w/thread for hand appliqueing; they are smaller and easier to take along with you.
    My Sidewinder works just fine for my Viking machine. Just turn the bobbin over.

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    I use my sidewinder for my Brother machine (I don't like the one on the machine). My HQ came with a big winder for the M bobbins and my Bernina will do bobbins while sewing so no big deal there. My sidewinder only works with batteries now but is still going strong.
    Never enought time to quilt!

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    Yes, I have a sidewinder and it works great. It's faster than my machine and keeps me from having to rethread all the time. Also for some reason the sidewinder puts more thread on the bobbin than my machine does. I have a Janome 9700.

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    I love my sidewinder too but all I have are vintage Singer bobbins that I wind, it works great for me instead of using the machine winders (which I just can't quite get the skill to do).. Don't all the modern machines wind their own bobbins?
    Did you say you dropped the pie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheryl222 View Post
    After reading all the dissatisfaction about Sidewinders, I thought I would share my thoughts. Several years ago I purchased a K-Kraft bobbin winder . It has been such a valuable tool for me. I use a lot of bobbins on my many machines and it does a nice job of winding a perfect bobbin. It is more expensive- $99 - but well worth it in my opinion. Here is the link:
    http://fancyquilt.com/
    I'm considering buying one of the K-Kraft bobbin winders but was wondering if they work for the type bobbin used in the vintage machines (Singer and Japanese clones)....not the shuttle type but the regular round ones? I have several vintage machines and sometimes the bobbin winder on the machine doesn't work as well as I would like it to and it's becoming a PITA even though I LOVE my vintage machines.
    ~~Cathy~~

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    I LOVE my K-Kraft winder. I use it to wind bobbins for my long arm. When you order the machine, they will set it up for the type of bobbin you want. They are very responsive to emails, as I had a lot of questions before I ordered. I also was concerned with the price, but believe it or not, this is on the low end for a 'professional' winder.
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    My Pfaff has a seperate motor and spool for winding bobbins so there is not a problem for me.
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