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winding bobbins

edgy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi all,

I’d like your thoughts on this. Was paging thru some old issues of Threads and came across an article about thread by Carol Ahles –in which she says to be careful about winding polyester (or other stretchable) thread too fast. That much I know.

But she also particularly points out that it shouldn’t be wound when it’s threaded thru the needle! Accchhh! That’s one of the reasons I bought my Lily 545 which I’ve been enjoying for years! I presume it’s for the same reason — because that extra tension would wind the thread too tight.

Well, I’ve been obliviously winding thru the needle forever, and haven’t had any puckering problem. And I use a lot of polyester thread — acutally in most situations.

I will say that my sewing does not include all lycra things like swinsuits, but I do underwear and boucle knits, etc.

Do I need to change my ways before I make an expensive wadder????????



  1. stitchmd | | #1

    IMHO if it ain't broke don't fix it. My usual soapbox speech is to always test your stitching (as well as interfacing, etc.) on scraps before you dive into your garment. Work out any problems with intentional wadderettes so you don't have to rip out stitches and deform or rip holes into your project.

    1. kayl | | #2

      I'm also of the "if it ain't broke" persuasion, but I don't

      wind my bobbins with the thread through the needle (I've got

      your Lily's immediate predecessor). My reasoning? I don't think

      I want the extra dust and abrasion of pulling the bobbin thread sideways through a small hole. Since I (moderately often) sew

      with cotton threads, I don't want to develop the habit of doing

      it with poly, either. <g>


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