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Thread: Teflon Bobbin Washers

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    Junior Member lynn7448's Avatar
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    Has anyone tried the teflon bobbin washers that are suppose to eliminate backlash and bird's nests on the back of your quilt? The washers sit inside your bobbin case and help your bobbin thread glide smoothly and evenly while you quilt.

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    I use them all the time in every machine even my Featherweight. Remove the spring thing inside the bobbin house, it goes right back in if you ever want it back in. It prevents back lash and static.

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    I use them in my sewing machine and Long-Arm quilting machine.

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    I use them in my machine with a front loading bobbin and it is great. They last forever. I have been using the same one for almost a year and it doesn't show any signs of wear.

    I haven't tried it with the drop-in bobbins, but maybe I will.

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    never heard of them

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    Meneither. Where do you get them?

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    never heard of them. where do you get them ? would like to try them. i am having trouble with my long arm. maybe that would help.

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    I had a problem with my bobbin rattling around in the case. The 15 class bobbins don't fit my machine (even though they're supposed to). I had a heck of a time keeping the thread from jumping out of the slot and going kerflewy. I put a piece of that purple stuff that marks the seam line. It's pretty thick so I just stuck it on the bottom of the bobbin and dropped it in. It makes the space smaller top to bottom. Works like a charm.

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    Hi bjnicholson--have same class 15 bobbins when its full works fine when it gets low it goes wacky--WHAT IS THAT PURPLE STUFF YOU TALK ABOUT?? IS IT A PUTTY OF SOME KIND??
    Fran

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    Hi Fran!

    No. it's a thick tape that you put on the plate by the needle if your markings aren't clear enough. It's called Qtools Sewing Edge. It's sticky but you can move to another measure like from 1/4" to 5/8". The markings on my machine aren't very clear and they're not where I need them to make sure I'm on the mark. (I hope I'm exlaining this well enough!)

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    Thanks for all of the great responses. So do they just help with free motion quilting or do they provide the same benefit for regular quilt piece sewing?

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    Thank you for the information, and God bless.

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    They are called Bobbin Genies and have been available for several years. I've seen them in the better quilt stores. By better I mean the shops that keep up with what's new and at least knows what you are asking for. One shop owner laughed in my face when I asked and explained what they were. I marched right back there the next day and handed her dozens of print outs from the best quilt shops that sold them. The reviews of quilters that used them, the endorsement of prize winning quilters that used them and a copy of my order form that I ordered over $250 of sewing notions, books, thread, precuts, and Bobbin Genies-- not from her store.

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    I need to try those. Time to order some.

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    I want to get some...I do a lot of machine embroidery and free-motion quilting.

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    I use bobbin genes in my bernina and my longarm..they do the trick!

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    I bought them from a teacher at a quilt show and have been using them ever since. I think they do make a difference and they last a long ,long, time.

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    Well, here's what I learned. Yes, a lot of people use them. However, I found out that I didn't need them as I all had to do was adjust the inner spring inside the bobbin case. Most people don't realize there is an adjustment for that - but it's a tinier screw (mine is located on the front side of the bobbin case). It actually pushes the spring out a little when turned, which puts more pressure on the bobbin, stopping the backlash. That's all the bobbin genies do.

    Before I figured that secret out, I purchased a 1" whole punch from the scrapbooking store, punched out parchment paper circles, and then used a regular hole punch to punch the center hole. I then put several in a shot glass with some machine oil. When I used one, I would pull the next oil soaked one up on the edge with tweezers and let it sit there, draining, then when ready, put it in my bobbin case. Worked like a charm!

    Once I discovered how to adjust the bobbin, I don't use or buy anything anymore. Most people never know you can adjust the bobbin springs, as it's apparently a well-guarded secret. I sure didn't know - just figured it out by accident! But now, that's what I do. Once you get it right, you never have a problem with backlash again. And if you don't have a problem today, then yours is already adjusted perfectly.

    Just works for me :)

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    I didn't know that. I will check it out as soon as I can focus my eyes (cataract surgery - need adjustments on my glasses!).

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    I should try them, too. Wonder if my LQS has them. Thanks for the info.

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    Sure glad I searched the bobbin washers information. Was trying to figure out how I could get just one teflon washer to try it without putting out the money. Now I do not have to; have found out a lot about the bobbin....thank you!!

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    I sell tons of them. Both sizes. People really do swear by them, especially the thread play folks!

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