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Thread: pre wound bobbin?

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    Super Member grma33's Avatar
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    What do you do with all the empties?
    Do you get credit for them?
    I hope they don`t get thrown away!
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    I just throw mine away.
    I've never heard of trading the empties in.
    I'll be watching this thread!!

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    I reuse the plastic prewound bobbins that I have bought, but if they get too many burrs on them my machine won't stitch correctly and I have to toss them.
    I try filing them smooth first, but it doesn't always work...

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    I buy the cardboard ones so I can throw them out.

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    I never thought about buying them because I have tons of bobbins here and the fact I use vintage machines exclusively. But this has been around for decades they used to sell the bobbins for the Vibrating Shuttle machines pre-filled. (the barbell looking ones)

    It is a neat idea but it does seem like a waste to have a plastic bobbin that you can not turn in. Seems like with all of this "Go Green" thing that they would offer a deposit on them like the old glass coke bottles. (Remember picking them up and turning them in for candy and comic books?)

    Billy

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    I take the cardboard off the thread before I put it in my bobbin case. I toss the plastic ones, the plastic is so thin it doesn't hold up for rewinding and using.

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    I use the cardboard ones in the embroidery machine.

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    I only use the prewound with the cardboard sides that you remove. I have to sometimes really think on how to wind a bobbin when I need another color. LOL

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    I have Bernina Machines and the manufacture says not to use pre wound bobbins.

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    Just recently got a pkg of plastic ones and got them mixed up with my regular ones. I usually only use the ones with cardboard sides or wind my own.

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    I just rewind them and use them like regular bobbins in my machine . Didn't even think to not reuse them :roll: Hope this is ok ? Mine are the plastic for a Brother machine

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    I guess I am odd girl out as I have no idea why I would buy a pre-wound bobbin when I can buy empty bobbins, wind thread on, use up, re-wind again and keep doing this. What am I missing? Remember, I don't get out much and live in the country with one LQS within 45 minutes and JA's and WM 1 1/2 hours away. Fill me in, what am I missing here?

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    commercially prewound bobbins hold googobs more thread than you'll ever get onto a bobbin using your sewing machine.

    also, they are extremely convenient.

    naturally, they're also a bit pricey. :lol:

    i only buy prewound on reusable bobbins. if they don't have that little hole, i pass them right on by. i have a big box of prewounds for embroidery. i stocked up on cotton prewound in neutrals for piecing. i use the empties for colored thread so i can coordinate top and bottom when quilting.

    i get mine here: http://www.terradonembroidery.com/clear_glide_15.htm

    at just over 50 cents per prewound bobbin, they don't cost much more than brand name empty bobbins and thread separately. the time they save is the HUGE value added.

    the class 15s are reusable and will work in almost all machines that use a class L. the reverse is also true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pieces
    I have Bernina Machines and the manufacture says not to use pre wound bobbins.
    me too
    however, I use Bottom Line bobbins* because they last forever and work on my Janomes, I just rewind onto a Bernina bobbin.

    * http://www.superiorthreads.com has a list of machines that take his bobbins

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    I purchased prewounds that are plastic for embroidery.
    that was is 2003 or 2004
    I have a bobbin winder and have been reusing these ever since!
    Sometimes you get one that cracks and I just toss it!
    but I use 5-10 bobbins a day for piecing, just wind them all in the morning and I am set to go.No stopping and rethreading to wind a bobbin!
    I have used them in every machine I have and not had a problem.

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    I save my plastic prewounds and toss the cardboard sided ones.

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