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    Portable bobbin winder

    Pros and cons of using a portable bobbin winder, please? A friend of a friend suggested (strongly) that one should invest in a portable bobbin winder. She said that if would save my machine by not using that feature and then I wouldn't have to stop whatever I am working on if I run out of bobbin thread to thread new bobbins. (I usually keep at least 6 bobbins with the color thread for the project I am currently sewing). I have been reading a lot of posts on different gadgets and am trying not to buy everything that sounds so darn good! Besides, I just don't have the storage space for every little gadget that might only get used once or twice. Thanks, ya'll!!!

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    They can be good but know that not all machines can use those bobbins. I have a Viking and because it winds the thread differently I can't use mine for it, I can use it for my Kenmore though. It really doesn't take that long to wind bobbins on my machine so I rarely use it for that. I got it to wind bobbins with different colors of thread for my applique so that I'm not taking the whole spool with me when I'm on the go.
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    I have one of the first ones. The new ones are better. My DGD loved it. She filled bobbins for me, and filled bobbins and filled bobbins. LOL. I bought every package of bobbins Walmart had that summer. I wast taking filled bobbins by the dozen to guild to use for handsewing, applique, whatever. I still have a shoebox filled with different colored bobbins. It was worth buying because my DGD was so proud to help me with my sewing. One thing I did. I took the bottom off and put in a heavy weight. It keeps the winder upright and it won't dance around.
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    I used mine for a short while, not a big deal. My Daughter was too smart and savvy to buy one.
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    Will it wind Pfaff bobbins?
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    I originally bought mine to wind bobbins for my Pfaff, because I didn't have too many extra bobbins. It worked great. Then the bobbin winder in my Kenmore went out. So, now I keep it at the Kenmore to wind those bobbins. It's great there, too.

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    I don't have one and don't see the need for one. It's never been an issue to have to wind a bobbin when I'm sewing or embroidering. Winding the bobbins has not caused machine issues either. Would rather spend my money on fabric.

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    I sold mine at my garage sale. I didn't have a need for it.
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    I have one of the old ones and I think it didn't work on the Vision, but the new one does I think. I use it to wind a bunch before I quilt or to go to a class, matter of fact I don't think I've ever wound a bobbin on my pfaff (2038). And my poor old singer..it can still wind, but would rather not! I guess I would say if its not cumbersome to wind bobbins on your machine and you don't mind doing it, why buy something else?

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    I have one and I like it. I dislike winding bobbins, especially mid project. I don't think it winds them quite as well as my machine does, but it works.

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    Okay, I love the bobbin winder - got it at Jo Ann's with a 50% off coupon. I love not using the machine to wind bobbins and I wind 4-5 at the beginning of each project. All my machines, require that I un-thread the machines to wind the bobbins so I made this great investment and love it.
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    I have the deluxe bobbin winder and love it! I use it for all of my machines - all the way from the late 1800 treadle to the long arm. I've had no issues and it sure is a lot easier than winding on the machine (at least to me!).
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    I have tried using them at a quilt retreat. I still prefer to use my machine to wind the bobbin.

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    Mine sold well at a garage sale.
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    I have the K winder it will wind bobbins for my vikings!

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    I use mine a lot. When I free motion quilt I hate to stop to wind bobbins. When I start a project I wind 4 or 5 of a color. If I still have some left but want to change color of thread I just use up whatever is left on the bobbin so I can wind a bunch more. I love mine.

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    I purchased one but not happy how well is winds the thread. A friend has one and thinks it is the bees knees .
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    I love mine...they keep you from wearing out the motor of your machine. The older ones. Newer machines mostly have separate motors for sewing and bobbin winding. It is cheaper than replacing your motor!

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    I have to admit, I'm a little suspicious and wary. Has anyone ever heard of someone who needed to buy a new machine or have a motor replaced because they wore out the old motor by winding too many bobbins? This sounds like a marketing gimmick to me. I DO have an older machine but I can't utilize a bobbin winder because the bobbins don't fit. So much for THAT idea, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    I have to admit, I'm a little suspicious and wary. Has anyone ever heard of someone who needed to buy a new machine or have a motor replaced because they wore out the old motor by winding too many bobbins? This sounds like a marketing gimmick to me. I DO have an older machine but I can't utilize a bobbin winder because the bobbins don't fit. So much for THAT idea, lol.
    I can see where it might happen, anything can go wrong but to buy an extra machine or even a bobbin winder to prevent something that might and rarely happens doesn't sound right. I got one on sale and wind bobbins (metal ones) to have different colors of thread to take with me when I'm doing hand work. yes, my machine could also have done the same thing but I wanted to try it and I got an awesome price on it. Like I said, it works for one machine but not the other but I normally just use my machine to do the winding. My Viking will wind while I sew or embroider as well.
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    I donated mine to the thrift store. It was a gift from a quilting friend, and she loved hers. I thought it was winding way too tight and too much onto the bobbin for my bernina. This was some time ago, and maybe the newer ones are better like someone said. My 440QE machine has a seperate motor and spool to wind bobbins and I like that better anyway.
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    I will confess that I hate the bobbin running out in the middle of something. I also hate having to unthread my machine to wind another bobbin so I purchased the Easy Winder. I love it. I don't mind sewing and really put the peddle to the metal. Even with my stand alone embroidery machine I like to use variegated thread whenever possible because I don't have to keep changing thread. I can purchase prewound bobbins for my Bernina in white or assorted colors. I will confess I use the prewound white ones for most of my projects that let me use white thread. Just another time saving device. I have wound a lot of bobbins on my Easy Winder and still haven't had to change batteries.

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    I'm not much of a gadget person... if my machine winder broke somehow I'd try one but that would be the only reason. I try to keep extra bobbins of piecing thread wound and I find I usually need a break from machine quilting about the time I run out anyway.

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    I had one of those bobbin winders, recently gave it to my sister-in-law. I have Babylock machines and the bobbin winder didn't wind the bobbins full enough it seemed.
    And, two of my machines have separate bobbin winding spools and I can wind a bobbin while I am sewing or embroidering.....if you don't need the color of thread you are sewing with to do so! LOL
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