In quilting or sewing, bobbins are a part of our everyday life and the source of some tongue in cheek quilt humor. We fill them, or forget to, and sometimes we aren’t so fond of them. But what do we really know about them. Let’s ameliorate this lack of knowledge.
1. Today we use bobbins that are cylinders where we wind thread, don’t believe it? Dictionary.com says so!
2. Bobbins are also used in weaving and lace making. Then bobbins can be made of walnut, rosewood, boxwood, and olive wood, glass, metal, ivory, coral, malachite, and bamboo.
3. You will need to adjust your bobbin tension if the bottom thread is extremely fine or heavy. There is a lot more about bobbins at this site.
4. Pre wound bobbins hold more thread than any others and are “L” class bobbins. They will not work in your Featherweights, darn it. Read more about them here.
5. How many steps to wind a bobbin? Off the top of my head I would say 5 and I would be wrong. Here’s all you need to know for the 22 (yes, 22) steps to winding a bobbin.
6. Have you ever wondered how much thread a bobbin can hold? I have and I feel I get more using Aurifil 50 ct. As it turns out, the tension and thread weight can make the amount vary but this site did an actual experiment and they say 60 yards. I am going with them!
7. Have you ever looked down there and thought, what does that darn bobbin do anyway? I figure it just grabs the thread or something. I found a site that actually shows you. It’s pretty cool, check it out.
8. Does the word bobbins have any other meaning? You must not be from England if you’re asking. I’m not either but I asked google and it told me yes, it also means rubbish or worthless in Northern English slang. I learn something new every day!
9. What’s the deal with plastic bobbins vs. metal bobbins? I used to use plastic because my machines came with them. When I bought a Bernina it came with metal so I switched to them. According to this forum at Missouri Star, that’s exactly what you should do. Stick with one kind due to tension issues and use the ones recommended for your machine. Hey, I feel smart.
10. I know what you are thinking, “Please share a song with us that uses the word Bobbin.” I am happily complying with this request.
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