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Should you use pre-wound bobbins for machine embroidery

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

No matter what, when you do machine embroidery, you’ll have to use a bobbin. You have two different options, you can either wind your own bobbins or you can purchase pre-wound bobbins. 

But which way is better for convenience, cost and not having problems?


Most of the time pre-wound bobbins are more convenient. But if you go and wind a whole bunch of bobbins and put them in a little container, both are now very convenient!

But you still have that added work of having to wind all the bobbins yourself. 


For winding your own bobbins, there are two things you need to purchase, the thread and the bobbins. 

For pre-wound bobbins, all you have to buy are the pre-wound bobbins themselves.

But once you have purchased so many pre-wound bobbins you have too many leftover empty bobbins. Not using these empty bobbins is essentially a waste of money and bad for the earth. 

Problems that might occur

Often times pre-wound bobbins come very fully and you might have to pull off a few yards before using it, or problems like bobbin thread on the top may occur.

Recommended read: Why Bobbin Thread Is Showing On The Top Of Your Embroidery Design 

It is much more likely for problems to occur if you’re using bobbins that you have wound yourself. This can be caused by the bobbin being wound too loosely or too tightly. 

For both, problems will occur if you place the bobbin upside down, don’t thread it correctly, it’s the wrong weight or the wrong size. 

My final opinion

All things considered, I think that pre-wound bobbins are the best choice for beginners for convenience and for not having problems. For more advanced embroiderers, and once you've learned your machine more, I recommend winding your own bobbins, but do what suits your fancy!

I would recommend starting out with pre-wound bobbins, and as you become more experienced, you will have empty bobbins to wind yourself!

Recommended read: How To Wind And Install The Bobbin On Your Sewing Machine

Recommended read: When should I change the needle for machine embroidery

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