The invention of the bobbin winder is one of the reasons that sewing is simpler and so much more fun than it was, just 20 years ago!
Sewing machine bobbins come in various materials, including plastic and metal. Plastic, see-through types give you an on-going visual, of how much thread you have left.
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Then, when you’re close to being out of thread, you can simply pop the bobbin on a sidewinder–and you’re ready to go back to your project in no time. And the best part, is that you don’t have to re-thread your machine!
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Simplicity SideWinder Portable WinderVery popular Simplicity thread winder that works with most bobbins (not Viking).
Limited Edition Pink Simplicity Portable SidewinderPink version which works with most bobbins, including Viking.
Simplicity Deluxe Portable SideWinder for BobbinsThe Simplicity deluxe version—works with bobbins for all makes and models of sewing machines.
Wrights SideWinderWorks with many bobbins and features battery or plug in operation.
Bobbinsaver Bobbin Organizer -Assorted Colors Colorful organizer for your all your bobbins.
Dritz Heavy Duty Bobbin BoxStores 32 bobbins in compact case with clear lid so you can see your thread colors.
What is the Best Way To Wind Sewing Machine Bobbins?
Modern sewing machines often come with a built in bobbin winder that operates independently of the sewing machine. They automatically stop when the spool is full to capacity.
This is a really nice feature, often seen on computerized models, and it saves you time and frustration. If your sewing machine is older and your bobbin thread runs out, you may have to stop sewing, unthread your machine, fill the bobbin and then re-thread your machine.
Your sewing machine winder does three separate jobs:
- It winds the thread
- It distributes it evenly
- It then guides the thread into the machine.
A winder that’s not functioning properly, leads to knots, thread breakage and/or uneven stitches. That means that shopping for a sewing machine, means checking out the way the winder works.
Many older models have a spindle on which you load the bobbin until it clicks firmly into place. Then you manually control the speed of the threading, the stopping and the cutting of the thread. For this reason some people prefer a hand-held bobbin winder.
Both the hand-held and the independent sidewinder or bobbin winder offer another advantage. You can wind as many bobbins as you wish, in a variety of colors, and have them on hand. This is especially nice for embroidery. Not stopping every time you need to change thread colors is a great time saver!
Some hand-held bobbin winders plug into a regular outlet; but others have the option of using battery power, which makes them fully portable.
It’s important to remember that manufacturers often design bobbins uniquely for specific machines. If you regularly sew on more than one type of machine you’ll want to look into a universal style bobbin winder. These offer you the flexibility of filling bobbins from different machines.
When shopping for a bobbin winder, bear in mind that some have distinctive features you may enjoy–like variable speed or automatic stopping. Some can be stopped before the bobbin is full, while others only stop when it is completely full.
Simple bobbin winding systems start as little as $30 with more complex products pricing out around $100.
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