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Thread: Sidewinder - "Yay" or "Nay"

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    Sidewinder - "Yay" or "Nay"

    I have Joann's gift card burning a hole in my wallet...is the Sidewinder worth it or is it a piece of crap?
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    I hated mine but I gave it to my sister who loves it.

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    I have one and used it very few times. If I'm in the middle of a project it is easier and quicker to just wind the bobbin on the machine.

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    love love love mine I sit and wind bobbins while I'm watching the tube.

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    I dont use it. My machine does a better job.

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    I hated mine and gave it away

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewhappytoquilt View Post
    I have Joann's gift card burning a hole in my wallet...is the Sidewinder worth it or is it a piece of crap?
    here is a thread that happened earlier: http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...s-t208096.html it also gets into pre-wound bobbins. if you decide to go for it, don't forget the coupon!

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    I use mine all the time. But, I have a hand crank machine. So it is much easier, and faster, for me to wind bobbins on the Side Winder. I usually wind 15 at time.
    Barb

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    If you have a little helper in your sewing room with you, the Sidewinder is great. I smile every time I see it in my sewing room. My granddaughter loved to use it to wind bobbins for me. I know I kept Walmart out of packages of bobbins. Having the bobbins of every color are sure handy for hand stitching. DH opened the case and but a heavyweight inside so it doesn't move or tilt when in use. I put a straw over the spindle and it kept the spool from flying off. I think the newer ones are made better now.
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    nay, i would spend it on something else.

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    I love mine. I have about 20 bobbins that I will wind at the same time, keep them in a little tin and when they need refilled it only takes about 15 minutes, then I'm ready to continue sewing and have plenty of bobbins ready to go.

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    Although it seems to be cheaply made, mine gets used a lot because a couple of my vintage machines are bobbin-winder-challenged.

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    Depends on which machine I'm using and what I'm doing. The Pfaff 2140/2170 doesn't have the best bobbin winder so I'll use the Sidewinder. The 2144/2170 is a bit better at winding. However, If I have the upright spool accessory on, I'll use the Sidewinder rather than wind through the foot. Using a twin needle will also make me use the Sidewinder.

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    I never use mine.

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    Use mine all the time and love it.

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    I get better results from many sewing machine.

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    Use mine and love it!

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    What kind of machine do you have? I understand that the green bobbins for the Viking will not wind on it. I have a Janome and a Singer 15-91 and works great for those bobbins. Not sure about the Viking - haven't tried it for mine since I was told not to. I just wind it on the machine.

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    I also have a couple vintage machines that are bobbin winder challenged! LoL

    I find the Side Winder easier to use than fooling with my Pfaff or Brother machine's bobbin threading paths. I wind 4 or 5 at a time without having to unthread the machine.

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    It wouldn't fit the green bobbins for my Viking, so I returned it.
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    I use it when sewing with my Featherweight as it is easier to use the side winder than the bobbin winder on it. Mine ws a gift, but I wouldn't buy one. I'd but rotary cutter blades of sewing machine needles instead
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    Tried one, gave it away.
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    I used it for a while, but wasn't really happy with it. I can now wind bobbins on my machine without unthreading, so I just do it that way. Honestly, I think this is one of those gadgets that isn't really worth the expense.
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    I am not sure if you are talking about the little one but I got one and hated it and returned after couple of uses but I know people who swear by it
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