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Thread: Anybody sew on a two spool?

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    Anybody sew on a two spool?

    The idea of having a spool instead of a bobbin just fascinates me. I mean, its soooo logical!! So I want to hear about your experience of sewing on one, please.

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    Never heard of this. I just read on the board about using 2 bobbins. I thought that was a great idea. Please show picture or explain.
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    ​I’ve only seen pictures of them and the concept is awesome. With that being said, I wonder if the newer spools of thread would even fit them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​Iíve only seen pictures of them and the concept is awesome. With that being said, I wonder if the newer spools of thread would even fit them?
    From my understanding, one would be able to wind an old wooden spool with newer thread. Much like one would wind a bobbin.


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    I have always wondered why this didn't catch on. Sounds perfect to me. I have seen one but not in action.

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    This vid shows how to wind an old spool as Janey described:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6goUFTk_i6I

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    National 2 Spool Sewing Machine tutorial on youtube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3uWgcHuYEs

    This was new to me. Thanks guys!

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    I sew on a Two Spool in a treadle, and love it. I was fascinated when I heard about them, and started looking for one I could afford. My first one, off Craigslist, is a beautiful machine, but lacks the all important spool "can", so doesn't sew. Fortunately I later found another one for sale, and brought it home.
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    I had a jar of old wooden spools of thread, and received some with the machine, and yes, it does have a "bobbin winder" that will wind thread onto a wooden spool, although you have to guide it by hand. I wound the one in the picture. I think the modern spools are too fat, although I keep thinking I will take a spool with me to the store sometime to compare.

    It makes a beautiful stitch, and sews as easily as any other treadle I have tried. I haven't yet figured out how to outfit it with a free motion foot for free motion, but finished a table runner on it this week.
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    Like you, I wonder why this concept never caught on. Will be glad to answer any questions you might have.

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    OMG that was so fascinating .... I loved it.
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    Cath your machines are beautiful and I love your runner.
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    Never heard of these but so cool. That has always bugged me, the small size of bobbins.

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    Wow, I didn't know these things existed! Thanks for sharing photos of it for us dyslexic, CountryKath!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karamarie View Post
    Never heard of these but so cool. That has always bugged me, the small size of bobbins.
    I agree, makes no sense at all.
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    It probably didn't catch on because Singer never adopted it.

    I am also looking for an affordable two spool. Just missed one on the bay.

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Size:  413.9 KBBack side of my National... only sewed enough to know it worked. It is a treadle, also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leonf View Post
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Size:  413.9 KBBack side of my National... only sewed enough to know it worked. It is a treadle, also.
    If your machine is a treadle, why does it have a motor on it?
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    I have an Eldredge Two Spool. It has a motor and a foot pedal that stays in place much easier than other foot pedals. This machine has a bobbin winder. The empty spool is put onto it and you can fill it with whatever you would like. You can put yarn on it and do bobbin work. Yarn does not need to go through the tension on the can. I have done that and it works beautifully.

    My young-sewing-machine-guy found this machine in his "shed". He doesn't know from whence it has come. It's certainly older than he is. I love it.
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    Mavita busted me.. Either I mislabeled a picture or my brain is fuzzy. either is quite possible. But at least my brain was good enough for a contra dance, Mavita.
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    leonf that is sooo pretty.
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    Thanks, It pretty much came this way.
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    Somebody with a machine shop needs to start making new cans for these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themadpatter View Post
    Somebody with a machine shop needs to start making new cans for these.
    I wish! Of course there are 3 different styles of them, depending upon on age of machine. There is a website that explains the differences, I canít post a link but itís pretty easy to find on a google search.

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    I know a consulting engineer who would probably enjoy the challenge to recreate them, but I think it would be prohibitively expensive to have them made. It might be less costly overall to have them scanned and 3D printed with a metal model printer.
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    You are so right Treadle&Gears, I can't imagine how many would have to be made to match all the spool sizes. But it would be truly delightful to have bigger bobbins.

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