Understanding the Benefits of Bobbin Winders

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Having to stop in the middle of a sewing project to wind a bobbin can be frustrating. ZJ Humbach shares a way that she like to avoid that by using a bobbin winder to wind several bobbins ahead of time.

Bobbin Winders Explained

There are several different brands and styles of bobbin winders available at many fabric and craft stores today. ZJ shares her favorite one to use and explains why she likes to have one that can be plugged in as well as runs on batteries. She then shows how easy they are to open up and use. On most bobbin winders it will be fairly easy to see where the thread is placed as well as where the bobbin is placed.

ZJ shows that the correct thread path from the thread to the bobbin is usually clearly marked on the bobbin winder. Once you have everything in place and threaded you can simply push a button and wind the bobbin. ZJ explains that she like to sit and wind five to ten bobbins before starting a large project to eliminate the need to unthread the machine while sewing to wind an empty bobbin.

Winding a Bobbin

ZJ shows that a bobbin wound using a bobbin winder looks just as good as a pre wound bobbin, and also looks just as good as a bobbin wound on a machine. She also explains why she likes to use the bobbin winder as opposed to winding a bobbin on her machine or through the needle, as there is a small change you could damage parts of a sewing machine by bending the needle.

While bobbin winders can be used to wind general sewing thread onto a bobbin, it you are doing a technique known as bobbin work where you use a thicker thread, yarn or ribbon in the bobbin you will still want to wind that bobbin by hand.

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7 Responses to “Understanding the Benefits of Bobbin Winders”
    • Customer Service

      Hi, Joslyn. The sidewinder works with most standard size bobbins that have a center hole. I’m not entirely sure what you mean by specialized bobbin but if it is a standard size it should work.

  1. Laurie

    Joslyn, Both of my pfaffs have bobbins that can be wound using the sidewinder. But for me this brings up the fact that industrial machines have a bobbin winder on the side so it will wind while sewing. Love the industrial mchines.( – ;

  2. Kumarie Samlal-Mangos

    Perfect Little Gadget
    Since I am a collector of Singer Sewing Items this was one of my favorite item to have when testing machines. Excellent for your sewing room or travel.

  3. kathleen koepke

    The bobbin winder is a wonderful tool! Husband bought it as a gift. Use it all the time.

  4. Lynn

    The SideWinder does NOT work with Viking bobbins, despite the description. I had to return mine.


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