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    No Thread??

    I know that most of you have been sewing and suddenly realized that you ran out of bobbin thread or your top thread broke. I went through one quarter of a throw (60 x 72) and was at a corner of a binding when I saw the loose fabric.

    my question is how much longer did you think you were sewing before you found out there was no thread.

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    I think the most I have gone was about 8 or 9 inches. The least was.....are you ready? I caught it right at the second it ran out.
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    I think it was about 12 to 15 inches for me when I was doing some chain piecing. My old Singer machine has a little light that comes on when the bobbin is getting close to running out. I LOVE that feature! Wish all machines had it.

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    A few times I have gone maybe 2 feet. If I think I might be running low on bobbin thread, I take it out and look before starting a row of FMQ. I try to remember to look to see if I have stitches every so often.
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    I have a low-bobbin indicator but it sometimes doesn't work. In those cases, I might go about half a mile. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    I have a low-bobbin indicator but it sometimes doesn't work. In those cases, I might go about half a mile. lol
    me, too. sigh.

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    most time it isn't far. I seem to notice the change in sound when the thread runs out.

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    I'm right up there with the others - about 1/2 mile!

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    me too. My machine "plays a new song" says my 6 year old grand daughter.

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    My machine stops and beeps to warn me that my bobbin is getting low. I can usually continue for another 5 inches of so. Unfortunately I usually seem to have 6 inches to sew at this point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandra in Minnesota View Post
    I'm right up there with the others - about 1/2 mile!
    One time I was chain piecing and was so excited to be nearly done with a huge pile of squares until I noticed over half weren't sewed. I have no indication of when the bobbin runs out and my hearing can't allow me to notice slight sounds.

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    This is a neat thread about thread. My old Singer had a metal plate that I had to slide out to see the bobbin. My Brother has a plastic one, and I just have to lift the fabric slightly to check. Still, I sometimes run out. Isn't it irritating though, to look and realize that what you thought was done, is not?
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    I can usually tell by a change in sound when the bobbin is running out on the longarm, and on the Bernina I can tell after it's out if I'm listening and paying attention. But all too often I'm not paying attention, so I sew a mile before realizing. It's particularly irritating when the fabric has been pinned "just so" and the pins removed after the stitching without thread.

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    Been there all too many times. I usually notice when turning a corner-the top thread just lays there. Actually, my machine changes sound, but, I don't always notice. However, just like Murphy's law, it never happens in an easy spot-always when precision pinning was.

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    Ugh.....not to complain, but this is a major irritation for me. I need to do a better job of checking my bobbin....and each time I run out I swear I will. But then I get "into it" and ...well....forget. Too much fun sewing to stop and check something like that.
    But....oh do I feel your pain!

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    Usually I can tell the difference in the sound of the machine when it runs out but not always.I have probably went a foot or so. I would love a indicator on my machine telling when the bobbin is low. Great feature!

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    I used to zip along and do my best ever sewing with no bobbin thread. At least I never had to rip those seams out! Now, I recognize the sound difference from bobbin threaded to bobbin no longer threaded, so catch it fairly quickly.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

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    Happened to me today while doing some straight line quilting with 12 wt thread.. I went more than 2 feet before I realized my bobbin had run out. Starting back up mid-line was not an option since there would be no easy way to disguise my stop and new start with such a thick thread. Fortunately, it was easy to pick out the stitching all the way to the beginning so I could start that line over....

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    One of my machines has the bobbin low light feature. I rarely notice it when it comes on, just another light on the machine with all the rest that are lit up. The top thread I notice because it will loop.
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    It's like discovering you missed the turn when your mind comes out of the chain piecing "haze" to realize you should have "turned right" back at that gas station 8 miles back! I do it all too often. I'm a big block piecer and longarmers everywhere are my best friends! Let's don't think about how this must feel to my wonderful longarmers. I am into "production" for my charity quilts so not getting the seam together at the first shot can really interfere. I have looked up (awakened!) to discover a couple of dozen big blocks not joined or more.

    Still I smile, drop back and punt (as my football player husband called it), replace the bobbin, and reestablish my process. BECAUSE it beats the heck out of ripping out even one seam! I hugely dislike unsewing.
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    I get really irritated when this happens because I'm not paying attention. When I'm chain piecing I can go quite a ways.

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    The most I have gone is half way down the binding on a baby quilt. That last half and i would have been finished.

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    The worst was when I sewed two rows of 12 blocks together with an empty bobbin. The irony was that the bobbin had run out just after I had finished sewing the last two rows together.

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    I would love that feature on my machine.

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    I hate to admit that my non stitches went several feet before I noticed and I have done that multiple times. duh!!

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