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The Bobbin Surprise

Among the things that give me pause while quilting is the sewing machine bobbin. It’s the red-headed step-child of the sewing machine.  It is busily doing all of these wonderful things behind the scenes and rarely (did I say rarely?) complaining. As much as I remember to check my top thread, I’m almost always surprised when the bobbin runs out. The thing is… it doesn’t even upset me when it happens.

While piecing together a top furiously… (can you imagine yourself in action?) Three times in a row, the bobbin ran out at the end of what I was sewing, so no inconvenience encountered. At times however, I am so intent on sewing straight and managing the fabric while it goes though the machine that I don’t realize that for the last yard and a half the bobbin was empty!

I HAD an excuse when I was using my Singer Brilliance machine. There was no way to know while sewing as it the bobbin is enclosed for that model. Using the Viking Sapphire though leaves me with no excuse other than I like to gamble. It is a top-load bobbin with a see-through window so you can check see the bobbin on the fly.

One of my other peccadilloes is to wind two bobbins at a time. I know that I’ll still have to stop and change it out when it runs out. It feels though like it will be quicker than having to wait to wind it every time it runs dry.  Do you have OCD about certain things while sewing?  You heard it hear first from my, mine is “The Bobbin Surprise”!  Happy Quilting.

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2 thoughts on “The Bobbin Surprise

  1. Even though I wind four or five bobbins at a time, I STILL sew along happily at times, not realizing that there’s been no bobbin thread for an eternity! It bugs me and I don’t understand why I don’t know it sooner!

  2. You definitely made me laugh this morning. When I do that I kind of just sit and stare at the machine as if it has it out for me. “Why oh why didn’t you let me know sewing machine”. That would be a great feature I think!! A Bobbin alert!! I sensor that detects when the bobbin has run out!!

    Thanks for the comment!!

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