Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 95

Thread: Portable bobbin winders - yea or ney?

  1. #1
    Senior Member quilter girl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    516
    Blog Entries
    1
    Do any of you use the portable bobbin winders. :?:
    From what I understand you either love it or you
    hate it. Apparently it doesn't work with all machines.
    Seems like they are kind of spendy also - esp if its
    not going to be used. Thanks for any input....

  2. #2
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,168
    Blog Entries
    3
    mine is back in its box, gathering dust. i'm a "neyer".

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    central Indiana
    Posts
    1,164
    Nay, first of all...I can't use for my Viking machine. And, you know, to begin with I thought "what a great idea". Then my practical side got to thinking...why not just wind two or three bobbins to begin with when I am starting my project (or even just when I sit down to sew)? It really is no advantage to have the extra bobbin winder...I still have to remove my fabric in order to remove my plate and insert my bobbin...so, just what is the advantage? Personally, I'd rather save my money and spend it on fabric or something else that I really do need!

  4. #4
    Super Member mcdaniel023's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    3,585
    Blog Entries
    3
    I say nay. I read on this board how much some people like theirs. I bought one and used it a few times. It doesn't seem to wind evenly.
    I now just fill several bobbins before starting a project.

  5. #5
    Super Member justwannaquilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Union, Missouri
    Posts
    1,576
    I tried one out at the fabric store the other day and well I was less than impressed! maybe it was just because the one I seen had been played with A LOT but it just didn't seem to wind even or the way I like my bobbins to look!

    Before I start any sewing project I just wind several bobbins and keep them in my bobbin thingy!!! For quilting I prewind a BUNCH!!!

  6. #6
    Moderator Jim's Gem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Camarillo, California
    Posts
    35,480
    Ney, I have a separate bobbin winder moter on my sewing machine and I just wind several bobbins before I start sewing. I like having lots of bobbins around and will wind a whole bunch with lt grey, white and ecru thread.

  7. #7
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1
    YEA! I have one and I love it. I bought extra bobbins for my machine and used the empty prescription bottles from my husband's pills. I mark the prescription bottle with white, grey, off white, empty. I fill the filled bobbins and put them in the marked bottle. Then when I use up a bobbin, I put it in the "empty" bottle and continue to do that until I am out of filled bobbins (of the color I am using). Then I just take some relaxing time, fill up all the bobbins and I am good to go for at least three quilts. No problem, no wasting time, refilling the bobbin, there is always one there for me!

    I think the bobbin winder is the next best thing to the Calcu-Quilt. I love that thing too. Edie

  8. #8
    Senior Member quilter girl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Nebraska
    Posts
    516
    Blog Entries
    1
    I like the pill bottle idea - will just take some "relaxing" time and wind bobbins - so its a ney for me to :!:

  9. #9
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I am a yea. I love mine and use it a lot. Works great for me.

  10. #10
    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Salem Iowa
    Posts
    15,799
    Blog Entries
    50
    I'm a great big YEAH!! I love mine. I have a 1950's Singer and my bobbin winder on my Singer quit working. It needs a part replaced and I haven't done it yet. I bought my little pink bobbin winder and it is so quick and easy to use. I don't have any problem with the bobbins winding right. I think when that happens maybe the thread wasn't threaded on it right. When I first got mine I didn't realize there were arrows to show where the thread should go.
    I wouldn't be without mine! I thread 30 bobbins at a time and this side winder is so much faster than either of my two other backup machines and it is less trouble to get out and use than my backup machine.
    I have a clear plastic container with a smaller clear container inside on one side of the bigger container. I put the filled bobbins in the bigger side and the empty ones in the smaller container. Then when I run out I just stop and fill the bobbins. Doesn't take much time to do!

  11. #11
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,661
    Blog Entries
    2
    Yeah here. It's the best safe tool for my grandaughter to use in the sewing room. It keeps her busy filling bobbins. She loves it. I buy the plastic bobbins by the sack full at the machine shop. I take them to guild to pass our for applique or hand sewing. I have a shoe box full of bobbins and of course I need more and will always need more until she decides to stop. :D

  12. #12
    Super Member Lisa_wanna_b_quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The middle of an IL cornfield
    Posts
    7,024
    Blog Entries
    1
    Great idea with the pill bottles! My bobbin holder has a junky top that doesn't really snap on so they spill. My mom takes tons of meds so I can fix myself up in no time. Thanks for the idea!

  13. #13
    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Salem Iowa
    Posts
    15,799
    Blog Entries
    50
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Yeah here. It's the best safe tool for my grandaughter to use in the sewing room. It keeps her busy filling bobbins. She loves it. I buy the plastic bobbins by the sack full at the machine shop. I take them to guild to pass our for applique or hand sewing. I have a shoe box full of bobbins and of course I need more and will always need more until she decides to stop. :D
    I never thought of that!! My grands would get a kick out of doing that. I will have to see if they like filling the bobbins. It would be something for them to do! Thanks for the idea!

  14. #14
    Power Poster RedGarnet222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    14,514
    Nay ... I don't care for the way it winds the thread. And I do thread it right. A dust collector for me.

    The one I want to try is the new bias tape maker machine. It's kind of pricy when you add all the metal accessory tip sizes, but I think it would save the fingers and some time. I make bias all the time sewing and quilting projects.

  15. #15
    Super Member Pats8e8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Hesperia, CA
    Posts
    1,058

    I'm a yeah too! I use mine to fill bobbins for my embroidery machine, it fills tighter than a regular bobbin winder on a sewing machine. I get more embroidery time off of one bobbin. I was doing lace bookmarks and had to change the bobbin twice, but when wound on the Side Winder, I only needed one and had bobbin thread left over :!:

  16. #16
    Power Poster earthwalker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Perth, Western Australia
    Posts
    10,297
    Thanks for posting - I saw one the other day and was tempted...but I am prone to buying gadgets and then having them collect dust (a habit I am desperately trying to break)....I think I may do without it.

  17. #17
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1
    Why is it that we are so much richer when we have more bobbins? I have about 12 and I thought I was doing good! A quilter determines her wealth by her bobbins and her stash. Oh, if the world were just like that, eh? I spent the afternoon yesterday out on the patio with 50-eleven boxes that I keep my stash in (only because I like to grab for a "shoe box" with a label on it that says "Red" or "Yellow", etc., and when I finished the last quilt I only used a fabric once and when I was done with it I shoved it in another box, so I wouldn't use it again, and I put all the fabric back in its designated box. No, I am not anal, I just am basically a messy-type person and if I keep one thing in this world in order, why not the stash! I have been known to bring out my ironing board (that is what I sew on), my little cutting table, my little table ironing board, iron and sewing machine outside on the patio and sew all afternoon, (until suppertime anyhow). Some of the neighbors come over to see what I am doing, sometimes I sit and visit. Sometimes, I have a glass of wine and totally relax. I am an avid listener to audio books and listen to them while I am sewing and I am in my own little world. Edie

  18. #18
    Super Member Quilt4u's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Merrimac, MA
    Posts
    9,035
    Blog Entries
    1
    I'm a ney. I wind 4or5 bobbins for my quilt befor I start sewing. On top of that I have a Viking.

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    391
    Quote Originally Posted by Pam B
    Nay, first of all...I can't use for my Viking machine. And, you know, to begin with I thought "what a great idea". Then my practical side got to thinking...why not just wind two or three bobbins to begin with when I am starting my project (or even just when I sit down to sew)? It really is no advantage to have the extra bobbin winder...I still have to remove my fabric in order to remove my plate and insert my bobbin...so, just what is the advantage? Personally, I'd rather save my money and spend it on fabric or something else that I really do need!
    I also have a Viking machine. And those are my thoughts on winding 2 or 3 bobbins at a time. Saving money so we can add to our stash is what it is all about. :D

  20. #20
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1
    Where did you find the emoticon that quilts. I just love it~ Thanks, Edie

  21. #21
    Senior Member dlf0122quilting's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Sun City, CA
    Posts
    503
    I use mine all the time. Love it. I have 4 sewing machines and they all will take the bobbins that fit the bobbin winder. The only bobbin I know of that it doesn't work for is a Viking. The bobbins are to large.

  22. #22
    Super Member Butterflyspain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Torrox, Andalucia, Southern Spain
    Posts
    9,532
    I read this with interest as I have just purchased one (in a sale) got it for 16$. My oldest sewing machine gave up winding bobbins so this will work for me I hope.

    Hope it will work for my Brother machine as well.

    Elle

  23. #23
    PamH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    1,459
    I just got one and so far I'm loving it. And used a 40% coupon from Joanns

  24. #24
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1
    I sure hope you like it. I saw it the first time when I was at a quilting demonstration at Hancock Fabrics in St. Paul. The instructor said that if you put the batteries in it, but plug it in there is more weight to the bobbin winder. I did that and it sure helps! I am getting ready to start a new quilt now and have to get my bobbins going. I have about 15 to fill.

    I got my winder at JoAnn's for 40% off. That, along with the 40% off on the Calcu-Quilt is the probably the best money I have ever spent. It takes a while to learn the Calcu-Quilt, but it is really neat. Specially, if anyone is like I am and cannot figure out measuring on quilts. It literally does all the work for you. Try it out sometime at JoAnn's.

    Happy Quilting! And, whatever you are, be a good one! Edie


  25. #25
    Super Member Edie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    Posts
    2,619
    Blog Entries
    1
    Could you tell me where you found the little "elf" that is quilting? Thanks! Edie

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.