by blueeyedblonde 28 Jun 2023

I’ve been looking at prewound bobbins and there are a few different options: sideless, cardboard and plastic sides. Which is better?

And I noticed there are several brands and many different prices? What seems to be the preferred brand?

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by AuntAnnie 29 Jun 2023

I was told by my HV dealer that non-HV bobbins would not work in my machine (which uses a bobbin with a flat bottom and convex top). Research suggested otherwise. I contacted several vendors stating my concerns. Two vendors graciously provided me with a single "sample" bobbin. No problems encountered with the "samples." I have been using prewound bobbins ever since.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 30 Jun 2023

Just goes to show the dealer isn’t always correct for our individual machines. And that info from cuties is so valuable - such a great resource for info!

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by 02kar Moderator 29 Jun 2023

mrskiki and dragonflyer have given you excellent advice. I've used the Neb (plastic sided) bobbins in my embroidery/sewing machine since I bought my first machine with no issues. The cardboard sided bobbins are used in my multi needle machine. I purchase most of my embroidery supplies from Allstitch and again, I have never had an issue with this company I truly think that it is important to use good quality products and companies. I hope this helps.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 30 Jun 2023

Thanks. This is exactly why I like input from cuties!

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by dragonflyer 29 Jun 2023

I use both cardboard sides and plastic ones... I have never had issues with either of them. I have tried the highly popular magnetic core bobbins, but don't think they work any better and they are quite expensive compared to the ones I use...I do not get the hype around them. I have used the bobbins from Metro Embroidery and they work very well and are a good price. I also use their Metro Pro embroidery threads and stabilizers and have for over 13 years with no issues. I have never paid more than $25 for 144 pre-wound bobbins. I use the plastic ones in both my Valiant (Size L) and Ellisimo (Size A15) and the cardboard sided for my Valiant.

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 30 Jun 2023

Thanks for such great info.

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by mrskiki 29 Jun 2023

plastic sides are the best for most of our home machines. Cardboard will leave dust down in the bobbin area. I believe the sideless ones are for multi needle machines. My preferred brands are Nebs and Fil-Tec. I have used some from Amazon (I can't remember the brand) and did not like them. Hugs. Nan

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 29 Jun 2023

Thanks for your input!

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by asterixsew Moderator 28 Jun 2023

I look forwards to seeing what answers you get

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blueeyedblonde by blueeyedblonde 29 Jun 2023

Me too!
Thanks.

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