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Is Sewing Machine Bobbin Universal? How To Choose Your Bobbin?- Find Out Here!

As you get further into sewing, you will need more supplies, and you will eventually start buying your own equipment.

This is the point where many new sewists get confused and frustrated because the equipment has different parts and the part names are often confusing.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about sewing machine bobbins, so I’d like to take a few minutes and explain how they work, how they are used, and whether they are universal or not.

As a new sewer, you may have heard the term “bobbin size” but don’t really know what it means.

First, let’s talk about sewing machine bobbins. Those little plastic or metal spindles that hold thread on your sewing machine are called bobbins.

Most sewing machines have an upper and lower bobbin. You’ll thread the upper bobbin with the type and color thread you want to use, and the lower bobbin with the bobbin thread.

The lower bobbin thread is stronger and more resilient because it’s meant to carry the heavy upper thread through the machine.

The “Universal Bobbin”

In the world of sewing, bobbins are important. A spool of thread placed on a bobbin is placed in your sewing machine and fed through the machine, the bobbin is then wound with thread.

If you are like me, you know you can never have too many sewing bobbins. I have all manner of bobbins, from plastic to metal, metal to metal, plastic to plastic, plastic to metal, and some that are simply a large spool of thread with a bobbin.

Sewing machines are complex pieces of machinery, and one of the most important parts of a successful project is the right bobbin. So what exactly is a bobbin?

A bobbin is a spool that winds the thread to be used for sewing. It fits into the top of a sewing machine and is held in place by a thread tension device.

The Importance of Using the Right Bobbins

Bobbins are the small spools of thread that fit into the machine’s sewing machine. Bobbins are available in different sizes and materials, and while they may not seem important, the wrong bobbin for your machine can cause a number of problems such as keeping the machine from working properly, thread jams, and poor stitch quality.

Using the wrong bobbins in your sewing machine can result in frustrating problems. For example, if the bobbin is too loose, the thread will not wind onto the bobbin.

If the bobbin is too tight, the thread will get caught under the bobbin case and break. To remedy either of these problems, you’ll have to stop your machine, clear the problem and start again.  

To avoid these headaches, you should use the right bobbins for your sewing machine.  Your machine manual will tell you what type of bobbin to use, but if you’re still having problems, you can experiment with different bobbins until you find the right fit.

Choosing the right sewing machine bobbins sizes can be a confusing task, especially if you are unfamiliar with the different types of sewing machine bobbins.

But if you are a beginner sewer or even just a hobby sewer, there are several different types of sewing machine bobbins to choose from.

Since there are different sizes of bobbins to choose from, you’ll need to decide if you need one or more of each type.

Many machines have a bobbin that holds multiple spools. This is great if you need to do a lot of sewing, or know you will use a lot of different colors of thread in the coming week.

Types of Bobbins

Sewing Machine Bobbins are small spools of thread that are used in your sewing machine. Bobbins come in a variety of sizes and materials.

They are usually color-coded as well, making it easier to match the bobbin to the appropriate thread color before you start a project.

The most popular bobbins are plastic and come in two different sizes, Class 15 and Class 66.

Plastic vs. Metal

While plastic and metal bobbins have been the go-to options for embroidery machine owners for years, they both come with their own sets of pros and cons.

Plastic bobbins are inexpensive, lightweight, and durable. However, they can warp, stain, and develop cracks over time; the plastic can also harbor dirt and debris, causing issues with tension.

Metal bobbins, on the other hand, are a more expensive option, but they are also more sturdy and reliable in most cases.

Bobbin Sizes

The main purpose of the bobbin is to hold the bottom thread and allow it to be pulled through the feed dogs.

The bobbin also helps to create tension between the two threads. It is often thought that there is only one bobbin size for a machine, but in reality, there are many, and it is important to use the correct one for your machine.

All sewing machines take the same size bobbins, but there are many different types of bobbins available.

Which ones you use are largely a matter of preference.  Some brands are easier to find than others, and some are more common in certain countries, but most modern machines can use any type of bobbin (as long as they have the appropriate setting or foot).

In general, bobbins are divided into 3 main groups: plastic, metal, and cloth/thread.

Sewing machine bobbins come in different sizes, and each size is designated with a number.

Each number corresponds to a different type of sewing thread and needle. 

In Conclusion

The sewing machine that you own will have its own specific bobbins, and if you don’t match the right bobbin to your machine, you risk damaging your machine. There are many different sizes of bobbins, and some are smaller than others.

There are also many different types of bobbins, but they are mostly different sizes of plastic or metal bobbins. You should always check your bobbins before you start sewing to make sure that they are the right size.

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter

Kirsten Carter is a freelance content writer who specialises in writing about travel, technology and health. When she's not traveling between her home of Tanzania and England, she writes for her blog Rightminded Travelling and features on a variety of different travel and technology sites.View Author posts

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