Prewound bobbins are so convenient, but are worth it and are they for you? The answers may surprise you. Here is what you need to know!
When I first started in machine embroidery, some 20-plus years ago, there were not many options when it came to prewound bobbins. My manufacturer did not recommend them at that time. Thankfully, products improve. I have recently started using prewounds and would never go back.
Prewound Bobbins are More Economical
Which is the better buy: To wind your bobbins from a 3000-yard cone of thread for $16.99 or purchasing a box of 144 prewound bobbins for $49.99? Believe it or not, yard for yard, prewound bobbins are half the price as winding your own in this case. Of course, you can find a variety of qualities and quantities at different prices.
Prewound Bobbins Hold More Thread
Factory-wound bobbins hold three times more thread than those that you wind yourself. That means that prewounds let you sew significantly longer before running out. Less bobbin changes mean less interruptions during embroidery and that is always a good thing!
Convenience is King
Besides cost savings, perhaps the biggest benefit to using prewound bobbins is that they are extremely convenient. You don’t have to take time to wind your own or stop part-way into a project to wind a bobbin.
Embroidery Quality is Better with Prewounds
I have found that my embroidery tension is better with prewounds than with bobbins I have wound myself. Better tension means better overall stitch quality. That is likely due to the high degree of precision that just isn’t possible when you wind your own.
A Tip for Using Prewounds
One thing that I found with prewound bobbins is that they are so full of thread that I sometimes don’t get the thread threaded properly in the bobbin case. When changing bobbins, I have had a time when the stitching tension was way off. I would rethread with no improvement.
When I removed the stitching plate and cover to the bobbin case, I could then thread the bobbin easier. This has only happened once or twice but allowed me to snap thread into the bobbin guide properly. I’ve also seen this problem on social media so if it happens to you, give this tip a try!
Sew Inspired by Bonnie