Prewound Bobbins

Posted by on December 13, 2010

  Prewound bobbins can be a  time saver, and a convenience. Of course, these prewounds come in both small(size L) and large size(size M) bobbins. The question that has been asked over and over is if we like these prewounds in the longarm machines.

Several of the bobbin companies have given us choices of paper prewound bobbins, plastic prewound bobbins or paper with one magnetic side prewound bobbins. They also give us choices of cotton thread, poly thread, colors and sizes of threads. Therefore deciding if we like them would take trying them out.

Prewounds have certainly found there place in and among the longarm community. I think everyone should try the prewounds. I think everyone should have a box of mixed colors on hand. You should be the judge yourself if you like the convenience of using prewounds—it is a personal choice. Yes they are a little more expensive and yes you might have to special order them to get a specific color.

Here are some of the things we have heard as comments from longarmers:

  1. They like the prewounds on hand in case anything happens to their bobbin winder they can still keep going with the prewounds.
  2. Many like the prewound with the magnetic side and have claimed that this resistance of the magnet can allow you to do without your backlash spring.
  3. Because the prewounds are professionally wound there is more yardage on the prewounds and the longarmer has to change the bobbin less times.

All in all, the majority of longarm quilters have prewounds on hand and will use them, but not on everything. It is a choice that is nice to have and convenience that we love.

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  1. carlotta slusher says:

    can i buy a anti backlash spring for my
    TL.ESP ? thank you Carlotta

    • Myrl Breinholt says:

      Yes, Carolotta,you may purchase an anti backlash spring from our Retail Store. Just call 801-255-4130. They will be able to take payment and send it to you.

  2. Ann McCartha says:

    I have a Tin Lizzie 18 around 2 years now and I have been having trouble with it.
    When I go to start quilting the motor just hums and will not sew and my bobbie winder will not work as well. I would like some advice on what to do. I order the machine by mail and have no dealer close by. Have call where I order it but did get a lot of help.
    Can anyone help me get my machine to work?

    • sabrina says:

      Please contact our service department. We will be able to walk you through this step and get you back up and quilting in no time. Our Service Department is availhle to assist Monday-Friday 9am-6pm Mountain time Toll free 888-Quilt18. The TinLizzie18 Team

  3. Hi Sabrina
    I have tried the pre-wound bobbins (maga-glide & paper sided)…not a fan. The only reason I can find (and I didn’t measure the amounts) that pre-wounds have more thread, is that they are wound using bottom line (60wt) thread.
    They work fine…but for me, the extra cost is the main reason for not using them. My TL18LS has the bobbin winder on the machine…so these don’t save time…of course, I have more than one cone of each color I use the most…so winding can happen as I quilt. If my machine didn’t have the on-board winder, I would probably use some pre-wounds.

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