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To purchase or not to purchase?

Old 11-13-2016, 10:50 PM
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I bought the pink one when JoAnn's had it on sale as it winds the bobbins for the Viking machines. I use it and I've used it to refill the clear prewound bobbins when they've run out.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Snooze2978 View Post
I have tried a variety of bobbin winders to wind Viking bobbins and its just not possible. Someone up in WA (I think) was offering bobbin winders and they made me a special spool pin just for the Viking bobbins. I've upgraded from the D1 to the EPIC and still have the problem but at least the bobbin winder on the machine has a separate motor so I can wind while its sewing. Also I find the Janome pre-wound bobbins will fit the EPIC too. The NEB pre-wounds are too short though they worked on the D1 just fine. I still have the other bobbin winder and am thinking of selling it. Its heavy and I know I paid a good price for it. much more than the Sidewinder cost.
I bought the pink one as it will wind the Viking bobbins--the other sidewinder would only wind them if you turned the bobbin upside down and maybe did something else. I find the Viking machines don't wind the bobbins that well and the pink Sidewinder works very well.
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Old 11-13-2016, 11:09 PM
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When the first Sidewinders came out they wouldn't work on Viking bobbins so someone came up with the idea to put the bobbins on upside down and I think there was one more step they did. That is why I waited to get the Pink one and it winds the Viking bobbins the way all of the rest are wound. -----Viking Sapphire. So it sits in the drawer.
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Old 11-14-2016, 04:08 AM
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I love mine
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Old 11-14-2016, 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Marian Schermerhorn View Post
I love mine. I bought with a 50% off coupon at Joann's. Pro - convenient to use. Con - doesn't fill my bobbins all the way.
Just hold the button down until bobbin is filled to your satisfaction. I do it all the time. Tighten the tension just a bit to make the thread wind tighter on the bobbin--this more thread. I buy pre wounds for my embroidery machines, but this is so handy for the sewing machines as you can wind a lot at a convenient time. I got mine 5-6 yrs ago on ebay for $15.
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:07 AM
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I have one and use it all the time. I have a hand crank that I do all my piecing on, so winding bobbins is a pain (literally). I usually wind about 15 at a time. It's a great little machine.
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Old 11-14-2016, 08:38 AM
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My DH bought one and has been helping me keep a supply of bobbins handy as I quilt my projects. He really likes it!
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Old 11-14-2016, 09:49 AM
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I also have one. I don't remember which machine it wouldn't take the bobbins for, but it winds my other bobbins. I soon discovered that it didn't wind bobbins all that well. Haven't used it in 5 years.
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Old 11-14-2016, 10:19 AM
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I have two of them and I love them. I have not used the bobbin winder on my machine since I bought them.
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Old 11-14-2016, 02:31 PM
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I got mine when I did a lot of hand applique, I'd wind thread onto bobbins so I didn't have to carry spools around with me. I haven't used it in a long time. Mainly because my machine us a Viking which winds the thread differently than most machines and the winder that I had. I now also have a Brother which unlike my Viking I can't wind bobbins while I sew so I was thinking about getting my sidewinder back out again. I hate taking off the thread just to wind a bobbin. I know there are different models of the sidewinders, mine was a low cost one but especially if it'll wind for the Brother its worth it. I have to admit that when I was winding the bobbins for hand work, they were wound very evenly, that is a plus and a must
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