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Thread: Sewing Machine Bobbin Position

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    Does anyone have any tips as to whether a drop in or front load bobbin is better? I had a dealer try to tell me yesterday that a drop in was extremely superior to a front load...but couldn't give me reasons why.

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    I think 30 years ago the drop in was better, but now the machines are far superior. I have both types and can not say if one is better than the other. I prefer the front load when I am machine quilting; you can change the bobbin without moving your work.

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    As far as sewing goes, I can't tell a difference. Usually, I think the drop in is easier to put back in place, but like Tina said, when you are quilting you can usually get a front load back in without moving your quilt.

    I would say buy the machine based on other features you like and don't worry about the bobbin.

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    Like Tinabodina - front loading is very convenient when you are working on something; but other than that I've never noticed a real difference.

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    Can't tell you either is better, just that I detest front loading bobbins! Maybe because I have fat fingers and it is difficult to get the front loading bobbin in the case while holding the latch up and into slot. I just make sure I have plenty of bobbin thread in my machine before starting to quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    Can't tell you either is better, just that I detest front loading bobbins! Maybe because I have fat fingers and it is difficult to get the front loading bobbin in the case while holding the latch up and into slot. I just make sure I have plenty of bobbin thread in my machine before starting to quilt.
    Here's to fat fingers! :lol: My Husqvarna/Viking has a drop in front loading one, and my older Kenmore has a bobbin case. So as far a which is more convenient, I would have to agree with whom ever said that the type with the case is more convenient because you do not have to completely remove what you are quilting on.

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    I have fat fingers, too. :)

    With my front and side-loading machines, I just tip them back in the cabinets to change the bobbins - as long as I've got to stop, anyway, I may as well swipe around in there with a pipe cleaner to de-lint.

    The convenience of changing bobbins with the quilt still in the machine is a pretty big convenience. Pulling the quilt out every 35-40 minutes would be a pain.

    I don't mind the drop-in bobbins when I'm piecing or making garments because there are breaks between seams where you're removing the work anyway. :)

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    Drop ins are cheaper to make so cost could to toward other features of the machine. I don't think drop ins are better for fast speed machines.

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    It is much, much easier to clean the front load bobbin area than the drop ins. You have to take the stitch plate off the drop ins and some days my fingers just don't want to turn that tiny stubby screwdriver to get the plate off.

    It is much easier however, to change drop ins.

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    I have a front loader and I prefer it. Especially if you are working on a project, you don't have to pull it all off the machine to change bobbins!

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    I guess it just depends on wether you are piecing or quilting.

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    I borrowed my sisters front load and didn't like it. So, when I purchased a machine I made sure it was a top loader.

    Its more convienent checking to see if your bobbin is low on thread. Front loader you have to take it out to check instead of just peeking thru the top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    It is much, much easier to clean the front load bobbin area than the drop ins. You have to take the stitch plate off the drop ins and some days my fingers just don't want to turn that tiny stubby screwdriver to get the plate off.

    It is much easier however, to change drop ins.
    My machines are front loaders. I hate the tiny screw drivers. I use a 5 cent (Euro size) coin, about the size of a copper penny. Much easier than trying to wiggle the screw driver into akward positions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bmanmommy
    Does anyone have any tips as to whether a drop in or front load bobbin is better? I had a dealer try to tell me yesterday that a drop in was extremely superior to a front load...but couldn't give me reasons why.

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    I think the dealer just wanted to sell a machine.

    I prefer the front load, for the reason already given - easier to change when you're in the middle of a quilt. But I have used machines with drop-in and never had to use a screw driver to take it out, so I don't understand those comments. Perhaps other machines require a tool to remove the cover???

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Bmanmommy
    Does anyone have any tips as to whether a drop in or front load bobbin is better? I had a dealer try to tell me yesterday that a drop in was extremely superior to a front load...but couldn't give me reasons why.

    Thanks
    I think the dealer just wanted to sell a machine.

    I prefer the front load, for the reason already given - easier to change when you're in the middle of a quilt. But I have used machines with drop-in and never had to use a screw driver to take it out, so I don't understand those comments. Perhaps other machines require a tool to remove the cover???
    I think they were talking about the "throat plate" under the needle, or it could be different than our machines.

    I also prefer the front loading bobbin, as I found the drop in bobbin, if thread not wrapped on properly will come off just about the time I'm just getting going, but that is a problem with the Operator "Me"! not the machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d.rickman
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Bmanmommy
    Does anyone have any tips as to whether a drop in or front load bobbin is better? I had a dealer try to tell me yesterday that a drop in was extremely superior to a front load...but couldn't give me reasons why.

    Thanks
    I think the dealer just wanted to sell a machine.

    I prefer the front load, for the reason already given - easier to change when you're in the middle of a quilt. But I have used machines with drop-in and never had to use a screw driver to take it out, so I don't understand those comments. Perhaps other machines require a tool to remove the cover???
    I think they were talking about the "throat plate" under the needle, or it could be different than our machines.

    I also prefer the front loading bobbin, as I found the drop in bobbin, if thread not wrapped on properly will come off just about the time I'm just getting going, but that is a problem with the Operator "Me"! not the machine.
    I think they mean the throat plate also, but all the ones I can remember (even on vintage machines), just slid open no tool required.

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