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Sewing Supplies and Tools: Bobbins

Sewing supplies and tools: Bobbins

Always keep plenty of different color threads of bobbins around when sewing.
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A sewing machine needs an upper thread and a lower thread to create a stitch. A stitch is formed each time the needle goes up and down, at which point the upper and lower thread connect and form a stitch. The lower thread area is where you will find a bobbin. A bobbin can be plastic or metal depending upon your sewing machine brand and type. A correct bobbin's thread should be wound not too loose and not to tight. The photo above shows several bobbins that are wound correctly. Many problems with sewing machines are because the bobbin was either not put in properly or not wound properly.

If you have just purchased a new sewing machine you will find it comes with three or four extra bobbins. It is important when buying new or extra bobbins that you purchase the same kind. There are several different kinds of metal bobbins, so make sure you purchase only the kind that can go in your machine. Your machine will break or the stitching will not be proper, if you do not have the correct bobbin.

Once a bobbin is wound it needs to go into the sewing machine. Some bobbins go in a separate case called the "bobbin case", while other bobbin go directly into the machine which already has a built in case for the bobbin.

Do not use old thread. I do try to save money here and there when I can in sewing, but one place I do not, is in the area of thread. Old thread will break easily. Make sure your thread is the correct kind of thread and make sure it is new.



Always keep plenty of wound bobbins in different color threads around when sewing.

Here is a photo of metal bobbins.


Here are some bobbins and boxes available.

A 20 pack of clear plastic bobbins for Brother, Janome, and Kenmore machines. Make sure they are your correct bobbins before you purchase them.

A clear bobbin box to keep your bobbins organized and easy to see. This is what we use in our sewing studio.

This is a bobbin winder. This machine makes bobbins quick and easy without putting wear and tear on your sewing machine.



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