PRE-WOUND BOBBINS VS. WINDING YOUR OWN
YOUR GUIDE TO EFFICENT AND CONSISTENT SEWING
By Ben Pardue
With all the current supply chain challenges still lingering, many companies are starting to wind their own bobbins. There are certainly some temporary advantages to this. However, for the most efficient and consistent sewing process, pre-wound bobbins is a great way to go.
It's easy to see the convenience factor of stocking pre-wound bobbins. Yes, this is a little more of an expensive route up front; but the behind-the-scenes cost and aggravation far outweighs the price. Typically, pre-wound bobbins will hold 20%-40% more yield than when winding your own. This allows fewer bobbin changes and predictable run times.
When winding your own bobbins you must be properly set up and have your system dialed in. There are many risks otherwise. Winding bobbins can present problems with inconsistent tension issues, stitch balance, thread bunching, and skipped stitches. Misalignment of bobbin winding can also lead to “spill overs” which can lead to more down time and aggravated sewers. This is particularly true when winding larger bobbins sizes 41 and up. There is much more margin for error with these bobbins than there is with smaller narrower size bobbins.
For the best overall sewing experience, stick with convenience, efficiency, and higher productivity. Throw away the piles of old random metal bobbin cores and start sewing happy!
Ben Pardue is the Product Manager for SolarFix® PTFE Thread.