Sometimes my bobbins aren't as smooth as I'd like but I couldn't have told you why. Yesterday, it dawned on me that I could get a better/more consistent result if, instead of using the foot pedal, I used the "start" button. I learned to sew by using the pedal and it just never occurred to me to use the start button that, on my Janome, is above the needle. In my case, I think I must "pump" the pedal more than I realized. I suspect that sometimes makes the bobbin less uniform.
This is why I love this group. The tips from other quilters improve my own skills. My next door neighbor loves the Janome start/stop button because she has knee problems. I've never used mine but it does make sense. TFS Evelyn
Originally posted by Will Quilt for Chocolate: I was told somewhere along the line that you put your machine on a slow setting when filling bobbins. My machine has it's own motor for filling bobbins. I'd not heard of using the foot pedal before.
I will put my setting on low for filling bobbins, next time. What kind of machine do you have WQFC?
Interesting topic. I have heard that polyester thread should be wound onto a bobbin slowly because faster winding makes the thread stretch. Then when you sew using that bobbin the bottom thread "unstretches" as it leaves the bobbin and makes your bottom tension tighter than you want. It seems reasonable that other types of thread could stretch some too.
My Baby Locks don't give me a choice in how to wind bobbins. One (Model BLQP)doesn't have a stop/start button and the other(Model BLG2) does have a stop/start button but its bobbin winder is independent of it and just goes to work when the bobbin holder is moved into winding position. Come to think of it I guess that could be considered a kind of "start" switch.
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Posts: 6828 | Location: Montana | Registered: Mar 25, 2005
Just my 2 cents worth...I have a Janome 6600 and it has an independant bobbin winder, but I hold the thread as it comes off the cone, just to add a bit of tension otherwise I think the bobbins wind kind of mushy (great English!!lol)
My Pfaff doesn't have a Start button; the motor only runs by foot pedal. I use a tip that the dealer gave me when I bought it. The thread loops around a tension disk and then goes across the top to the bobbin. Gently press down on the thread after it makes the loop, to tighten the tension on the thread slightly as it winds on the bobbin. It's a gentle pressure; it doesn't interfere with the winding.
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Posts: 4101 | Location: Maryland | Registered: Jun 14, 2006
I've noticed that mine fill faster on the ower part of the bobbin faster. I hate an uneven bobbin. I'll have to try it with the start/stop button and see what happens. They used to not load that way...not sure what changed. Thanks for the tip...
Hmmmmm....I never thought about using the start/stop button for winding the bobbin. I'll give that a try. As much as I love my Janome Horizon, the bobbins could be wound more snugly. As for that uneven filling, I keep a small stylus handy to give it a nudge if it begins to get uneven.
I have a Janome 6500 and it also has a independent bobbin winding motor and you can not slow it down. True Janome bobbins wind better on it... than the one's that are generic but look like Janome and fit the machine well.
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Posts: 9265 | Location: Michigan,up North,the west side of Perfect | Registered: Sep 14, 2004
Evelyn, most of the time I use the large cones of thread, so they are on the thread stand which attaches to the back of the machine. The thread sits on the while plastic cone like thing which keeps the spool from slipping. Sews wonderful, but just not so good for winding bobbins.
I'll do some tests when I start to use it next to see how it works better.
I've never tried winding a bobbin on my Janome Horizon - I'm still using the separate bobbin winder. I have found that the Janome doesn't like the bottom line thread once it gets towards the end of the bobbin for some reason. Wonder if it has to do with how the bobbin winder does it.
I do use the start and stop button when I'm sewing long seams...for short sessions the foot pedal works best for me. Habit I think.
Posts: 5952 | Location: Great Midwest | Registered: Oct 29, 2006
After reading this I used my start/stop button to wind 15 bobbins to quilt a queen size quilt. I just finished the quilting and am surprised to have several full bobbins left. No tangles when I got to the end of a bobbin and no broken threads. I have the Janome 7700.