UnWind Bobbins, why and and how?
We’ve all run into that point during an In The Hoop machine embroidery project where the pattern calls for multiple matching bobbins (i.e. FSL Easter eggs). We look in our drawer for an empty bobbin and sure enough they’re all filled up. We try to find the bobbin that has the least amount of thread to unwind it and all sorts of fun things begin to happen:
- UnWinding on my thread stand (only to get it knotted up around the stand)
- UnWinding in my hand (only to watch it fly across the room)
-OR- …and this is my favorite…
- Unwind on the ground (watching my cat chase the bobbins)
You might ask:
Q: Why can’t I wind onto an empty Pre-Wound bobbin?
A: Pre-Wound bobbins were designed for a One-Time-Use. They are commercially wound at a high speed – packing the thread into the bobbin – weakening the bobbin for future use. The plastic is much thinner than a manufacturers bobbin and often times IF the bobbin is rewound and used, the plastic will crack, your machine will skip stitches and threads will break.
Q: Can’t I just wind more thread on top of an existing filled bobbin?
A: Never wind more thread on top of an already filled bobbin. This can affect the tension of the machine and the quality of the stitches. The thread can also stretch too much and cause skip stitches.
Q: What can I do with left over thread?
A: There are tons of projects that can use left over UNWound bobbin thread. Stay tuned and in our next blog post we will reveal some project ideas.
For fun, watch Sue’s Sewing Hack below on How to UnWind bobbins successfully – without having to chase the cat for the bobbins.
Have a creative day