I have a confession. There is one aspect of sewing that I absolutely hate. If I never had to do this again, it would be too soon. It is inconvenient, stunts my creativity and almost always messes with my rhythm when I am in the middle of a project. What is the awful thing I am talking about? WINDING THE BOBBIN! Truly it never fails; I am 3 inches from the end of a project and the darn thing runs out. I have to stop, take the bobbin out, find my bobbin thread, set it up on the top of my machine and wait while listening to the whirring sounds of the thread going on the bobbin at a turtle-like pace. This is the one and only time that a rethink whether or not this hobby is truly how I want to spend my free time (OK, that part isn’t true, I am just being dramatic. I would never rethink my love for sewing!).
So imagine my delight when I saw this:
It was as if the clouds had parted and the sun was shining! They are already wound for you! No more stopping, looking for the thread and waiting for the bobbin. If your bobbin runs out, which it won’t as often because there is over 100 yards on each bobbin (120 yards for the “L” type and 131 yards on the “A” type), you just pop in a new one and keep going!
But wait, there’s more! They only cost $3.99 for a package of 4 bobbins, they are real plastic sided bobbins, not those silly paper jobs, and they come in 4 different colors (black, white, grey and beige). You can get them at your local independent retailer or at Joann’s stores across the country.
Can you tell I am excited about these? I know prewound bobbins have been around, especially in the machine embroidery world, but as a quilter, they haven’t been on my radar. I also know that I will still have to wind a bobbin every once in a while, like when I am making garments, but for the majority of my sewing, this is heaven. If you don’t know what size bobbin your machine uses, check the chart here