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Thread: Prewound bobbins vs other

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    Super Member amandasgramma's Avatar
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    Bear with me, please, but I don't understand why anyone buys prewound bobbins. A simple calculation --- I checked on prices at the Connecting Threads website. Here's what I found:

    Prewound - 82 yds ea for 12 bobbins = 984 yards at $9.99. This calculates at $.010 per yard

    Spool of thread - 1200 yards at $2.49 = $.002 per yard

    Cone of thread - 5000 yards at $9.99 = $.0019 per yard

    So a cone of thread will net you 5 times the amount of bobbins compared to prewound.

    OR -- another way....you can save $50.00 by buying a cone and winding the thread yourself.

    Am I missing something??? More money to buy fabric!!!!!

    dee

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    I agree. I wind 10 or so bobbins at a time. I mostly use cream or gray, because I do scrappy quilt. Winding bobbins is just part of the progress like putting on binding. I love the whole process:)

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    Dee, you are burning too many brain cells too early in the day, lol! I've never been able to understand this either. Bobbin winding is part of sewing and quilting and I like the whole process, not just certain parts of it. Sew~sew~sew, wind a bobbin, take break, get a drink, start over.

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    I buy the prewounds for embroidery bobbin thread. They are wound much tighter, more even and I find I go through fewer bobbin changes. For my regular piecing and machine quilting, I wind my own bobbins but I did purchase a bobbin winder (not that sidewinder thing) that feeds vertically and winds almost as tight as the commercial prewounds.

    It all comes down to what you care to spend your time and money for I guess.

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    Maybe some people have physical trouble winding the bobbin. Other than that, I just see it as part of the process, too. Also, I would want the bobbin to be the same thread as the spool.

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    I also use the pre-wound for embroidery and then wind my own for other sewing. It's true, less bobbin changes and that's important when you are doing a big design that can take over an hour to do.

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    Before I start a new project I wind up all the bobbins ahead of time. Doesn't take much time at all and I get to use the colors that I need to match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    I did purchase a bobbin winder (not that sidewinder thing) that feeds vertically and winds almost as tight as the commercial prewounds.
    Would you please share which bobbin winder you purchased? Thanks

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    My machine has an extra bobbin winder on it that I can use while my regular quilting thread is on the machine so I always pre- wind my bobbins in neautral colors. I usually pre wind 10 at a time in different neautrals. I think buyiny the pre-wound ones are a waste of money.

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    because my time is very valuable. because no sewing machine can load a bobbin with as much as you'll get from a prewound. because winding bobbins is annoying. because i wanted to. because i could.

    that's why.

    i haven't needed to buy them in a while, but the prewounds i bought were only pennines more than the cost of an empty bobbin. it was good 100% cotton thread. overall, i think i came out waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead.

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    I have a Sidwinder and I love it. I usually wind 5 to 10 bobbins before I start a project. I use cream colored thread for almost all of my projects. I have a question--can you use the prewound bobbins over and over after you empty them?
    Sue

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    I went to a quilt class today and the teacher told us that she used four bobbins in an embroidery class and the person next to her used one prewound on the same project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    because my time is very valuable. because no sewing machine can load a bobbin with as much as you'll get from a prewound. because winding bobbins is annoying. because i wanted to. because i could.

    that's why.

    i haven't needed to buy them in a while, but the prewounds i bought were only pennines more than the cost of an empty bobbin. it was good 100% cotton thread. overall, i think i came out waaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead.
    Ditto to all the above plus some bobbin winders just don't wind properly and are a PIA to fiddle with to get them to wind correctly. Also, once you have a quilt loaded on the frame and are buzzing right along--the last thing you want to do is run out of bobbin thread in the middle. Using the prewounds insures that you can make it through at least one pass and possibly 2 depending on how heavily quilted the pass is.

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    Ok Patrice where did you get these bobbins at such a great price? Also a question I have always wondered... When you are quilting do you need to use the same thread as what you are using on the top or do you use the white that prewound bobbins come in?

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    Okay -- I think I understand now -- I don't have an embroidery machine, so I just thought most were buying them for regular piecing.... Now --- I WILL remember to buy them IF I can ever buy an embroidery machine (pray pray pray) :)

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    I use prewounds for embroidery and wind my own for my other sewing.

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    Money is no object.

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    No but they are convenient. And the prewound for my Tin LIzzie carry alot more thread then I can get on a bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brookemarie19
    Ok Patrice where did you get these bobbins at such a great price? Also a question I have always wondered... When you are quilting do you need to use the same thread as what you are using on the top or do you use the white that prewound bobbins come in?
    i bought the prewound cotton here:

    http://www.terradonembroidery.com/st...-pg1-cid4.html

    it took a while to find a source for prewound cotton on Class 15 bobbins. there might be other sources, but this is the one i chose. the price has gone up a bit since i bought mine, but that's no surprise. what i like most about these is that they use the same bobbins that are sold empty, so they are reusable. :-)

    i bought my prewound polyester for machine embroidery someplace else at an even better price. unfortunately, i can't find it again. if i do, i'll let you know.

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    I use the empty pre-wound bobbins all the time. Works great.

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    I had a sewing machine problem once, and come to find out I had the wrong bobbin in the machine, so I shy from pre-wound bobbins! If it is not made for my machine, I don't buy just any type of bobbin; wound up that I needed repairs to fix the bobbin carriage - hmmmmmmmmmmm... costly!

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    So who makes this bobbin winder? The Sidewinder won't wind Viking bobbins.

    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    I buy the prewounds for embroidery bobbin thread. They are wound much tighter, more even and I find I go through fewer bobbin changes. For my regular piecing and machine quilting, I wind my own bobbins but I did purchase a bobbin winder (not that sidewinder thing) that feeds vertically and winds almost as tight as the commercial prewounds.

    It all comes down to what you care to spend your time and money for I guess.

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    Do prewound bobbins fit all makes of machines???
    Curious, Kutnso

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    Dee,
    You are so funny but I agree with you 100%. I like to use the same thread on the top and bottom. When you are making a quilt you use so much thread buying prewound bobbins would be cost prohibitive. Also, what do you do with the bobbins when they are empty? Add them to the landfill? Reuse? Then you are back to winding your own bobbins. It doesn't take that long to wind bobbins.

    Marie

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    Does anyone use bobbin thread for piecing?

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