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Machine Minute: Be Good to Your Bobbin

Good bobbin care is essential for creating even stitches. Watch for some tips on how to take better care of your bobbin.

 

TRANSCRIPT:

Hi, I'm Jennifer with today's Machine Minute brought to you by Baby Lock and the Symphony machine. Today's topic is how to be good to your bobbin. Having a well-wound bobbin is critical to getting a great stitch, so that's what we're going to address today. There are a few things to make sure of. We've all seen it -- the bobbin that has uneven winding, little threads straying off or loops of thread. Those kinds of things will wind unevenly in the bobbin case and cause your stitch to either get interrupted or skipped. If you get a bobbin that's poorly wound, take the time to take the thread off of it and rewind your bobbin so that things are smooth. And even before you put them in the machine, the difference will make a great difference in the quality of your stitches. And on that note, invest in some great quality thread for your project. Old thread tends to break more and wind more unevenly, so invest in some new thread, and if you've got your grandmothers thread use it as a display piece in your sewing room, not as something you stitch with. Now when you're ready to wind the bobbin, refer to your machine manual to get the correct pin placement for your spool pin, and then guide your thread through a series of guides as your machine indicts. On the Symphony, winding a bobbin is as simple as the touch of that button and it automatically winds, but that may not be the case with your machine. You might control the speed of your bobbin with the foot pedal, and if that's the case make sure that you wind it with a slow steady pace so that you don't stretch the thread going a hundred miles an hour. Really take your time and you'll get an evenly wound bobbin. Once that's complete, then take your bobbin and before you get ready to drop it into the machine, take either the brush that comes with your machine or a paint brush or even a tiny vacuum cleaner attachment so you can clean out the bobbin case and clear it of any fuzz or fibers leftover from your last round of sewing. That way, there won't be anything to interrupt your stitching. Drop your bobbin in, and again carefully follow the guides as they're outlined for your machine so that you can get bobbin properly seated. Put your cover back in and you should be ready to start sewing. Remember, be good to your bobbin and your bobbins will be good to you.