Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
old bobbins >

old bobbins

old bobbins

Old 06-11-2013, 12:40 PM
  #1  
Super Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Jozefow, Poland
Posts: 4,474
Default old bobbins

I saw that someone posted on a thread recently that they don't use old bobbins.

Is this common? Does that mean that you don't refill disposable bobbins or don't reuse plastic ones, etc. ?

What does it mean to you?

I get rid of my bobbins when they break, get stepped on, warped or something similar. In other words, I don't get rid of bobbins very often since I don't buy prefilled paper bobbins. I have both plastic and metal bobbins and don't notice a difference. I like to have a bunch of bobbins and then fill 20 or more at once so I don't have to stop and refill bobbins in the middle of something fun.
justflyingin is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 12:47 PM
  #2  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Posts: 1,616
Default

I have learned to fill all bobbins at the end of a day of sewing. Then you are ready for the next time. Hugs
omacookie is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 12:52 PM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 2,657
Default

I, too, like to fill lots of bobbins. I've also bought pre filled plastic bobbins and just keep reusing them.
Misty's Mom is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 01:14 PM
  #4  
Power Poster
 
BellaBoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Front row
Posts: 14,648
Default

I think I was the one that posted I don't use old bobbins. Let me add more details of why. For one thing I like new bobbins. It's just a sewing eccentricity I have. Nothing wrong at all with most old bobbins.
But plastic bobbins can have small cracks and scratches after many uses. Metal bobbins if dropped can get out of round. Most times I have had terrible bobbin thread issues, when I changed to a new bobbin the problem disappeared. I wind older metal bobbins with all different color thread and keep in bobbin holder for hand sewing binding or yo yos or mending. Over the years I had way to many filled older bobbins so I started giving filled bobbin rings as gifts. A silicone bobbin ring with filled bobbins of different colors of Aurifil thread will make any quilter's face light up. Another reason to buy new bobbins and fill the old ones.
BellaBoo is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 01:34 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
Posts: 1,070
Default

Of all the things I want to spend my money on it is not bobbins because they might be old? I have plastic bobbins at least 10years old if not older and there is nothing wrong with them.

I guess I am not "getting it". And if the bobbins are old, why fill them?

So confused here.
sewmary is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 01:45 PM
  #6  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 10,155
Default

I've been using the same bobbins for years and years. I also mix up metal and plastic in my machines and so far no problems.
Stitchnripper is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 01:53 PM
  #7  
Power Poster
 
Jingle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 36,037
Default

I have one machine that uses plastic bobbins. I don't use it much now. The replacements do not work well. You can bet I keep them. The other machines uses metal bobbins and they work just fine. You can bet I keep and use all of them.
Jingle is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 02:41 PM
  #8  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,165
Default

If you have old bobbins that are not working well in the machine - you can always wind thread on them and use them on the top of the machine for twin needle work.

A full bobbin on serger needles works well. Use the cones for the loopers.

Just mark the old ones with nail polish or whatever.
Weezy Rider is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 02:51 PM
  #9  
Super Member
 
MartiMorga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Springville, Tennessee
Posts: 1,123
Default

I never thought to get rid of my bobbins! I have all the bobbins that came with my 80s Singer and ones I added to the stash. I have all the bobbins and those I added to my Baby Locks. I keep some filled for Embroidery (with a black dot on them), the others I fill as I need them. Some of you on this board mentioned using the left overs for piecing and that helped me a lot. I can now say I do have empty ones. I have never used prewound purchased ones.
MartiMorga is offline  
Old 06-11-2013, 03:14 PM
  #10  
Super Member
 
franc36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 1,501
Default

My machines use only metal bobbins. Some of my bobbins are 13 years old. They still work well so I keep using them. I have lots of bobbins for my machines. I am very left handed and do not like threading the needle on my Featherweight so I always fill several bobbins each time I oil the machine. I do not want to unthread that machine to fill a bobbin when I am sewing.
franc36 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Glenn
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
11
12-15-2014 12:56 PM
Liza63
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
10
08-18-2013 06:11 PM
MarLeClair
Main
19
08-24-2012 10:14 AM
Candace
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
47
08-03-2011 01:57 PM
annesthreads
Main
8
06-05-2011 01:51 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.