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Bobbin Thread Sewing

GranJanice | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi all,  Has anyone done any sewing with special bobbin threads?  I have been wanting to try it for over a year, but have not had the opportunity to take a class on it.  (I have a second bobbin that I bought just for this purpose – so you can change the tension as needed for different threads.)  And, I understand that you sew on the wrong side.  I came across one message in here about it but I can’t find it right now.  So, I know there is at least one person out there who has tried it. Well, hope to hear from you all.  Have a great day!


  1. Alice in Atlanta | | #1

    Hi,  since no one else has answered let me jump in with what I know.  I've seen Sewing w Nancy program where this is done.  She recommended having that second bobbin, (aren't you smart) and you must loosen that litle teeny screw to the right, (rightly tighty, lefty loosy).  The other thing I recall is that you should hand wind the bobbin for this project.  She suggests winding several bobbins so they'll be ready when you run out of thread. Hope you get additional help from someone else.  Happy sewing

    1. GranJanice | | #3

      Hi Alice - thank you.  I think I saw Nancy Zieman do that too  There just are not enough hours in the day.  I will get to try it one day soon.

  2. JanF | | #2

    I use this method a lot with my pupils at the moment - They are doing sashiko place mats - working upside down - with cotton a broder thread wound onto the bobbins. Works really well and i dont loosen the bobbin - just tighten the top tension.
    However, to create different textures I also agree that using another bobbin that u can alter the tension of would be a good idea. You might still need to tighten the top thread too - but its a case of "suck it and see!"
    I'm hoping to upload some pics of my pupils' work with this soon so keep an eye open for some new photos
    JanForgot to say that I always wind the coton abroder on using the bobbin winder - it gives an even feed - but by hand would also introduce another dimension in as much as it would be a little unpredictable in its stitch formation - could be interesting!

    Edited 3/5/2007 3:43 pm ET by JanF

    1. GranJanice | | #4

      Hi  - thank you JanF.  Hey, I am JanF also. (F begins my last name.)  I definitely will look forward to the pictures you will post.  Thank you so much.

    2. GranJanice | | #5

      Hi again - I printed out your instructions to keep as a reference.  Thank you. Janice F.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #6

        Hi GranJanice!  I am Grammamurray!  I agree with the suggestions given.  Also, when you adjust that bobbin tension, I suggest you hold it in a baggie so you don't loose that tiny screw.  I haven't had a problem bobbin winding with the machine, if possible it is better to do this with slower speed.  I think that is more of a problem with polyesters and nylon as they stretch when heated up by fast speeds.  I do hand wind yarns.  The twelve weight Sulky blendables are cool for landscapes and nature.  Sometimes I use a stabilizer.

        Some decorative stitches on the machine work well, others you have to really skew a bit, some just don't work well with heavier threads.  Sometimes I use Polyester monofilament thread in clear or greytone in the needle.

        http://www.bonniemccaffery.com has some free online instructions for bobbinwork.  I love her work!  She is precise and easy to follow.  I also have purchased one of her kits for DigiBobbe on the embroidery machine which is really cool.  Hope you enjoy her website!

        Relax and have lots of fun!  Mary

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