Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Bobbin Thread Run Out

Good evening Ladies
Little girl is finally asleep.  I might even get 3 - 4 hours in my quilting studio tonight.  I'm excited!  I have so much to do.

I have to finish a challenge quilt for my guild meeting on June 18.  I have the fabrics matched and some cut.  The pattern calls for appliqued flowers, but I might just skip that step.

I also have to finish a Quilt for a Quilter and I'm hoping to have it finished and mailed by the end of May.  I have the blocks finished.  The border is a checkerboard.  I'm hoping and wishing that it will go quickly and with no errors or do-overs.  I seem to have those a lot when I quilt hahaha.

When I was sewing the binding on the Twin's quilts - yes both of them - I ran out of bobbin thread.  Can you guess how much left I had to sew?  Well I took pictures.  Look see here :)

This is the first one.  I forgot to measure it but I think it was around 12 inches.

This is the second one.   Again I didn't measure, but guessing its about 4 inches.

Has this happened to you?  What was the shortest distance that you had to go when your bobbin ran out?

Or have you been chain piecing when you ran out of bobbin thread.  How many pieces did you sew without thread.  I think the most I've sewed with just the needle would be about 10 chains.  LOL.

Have a great evening
Vicky K


  1. Its so annoying to run out with a tiny bit to go isn't it. I can't understand why with all the innovations in sewing machines they can't come up with one which just uses a standard reel of thread. That way you could just buy two reels and put one in the top and the other in the bottom. Maybe we need more women in the design department at the manufacturers!

    1. LOL That would work for me as I mostly use grey while piecing.

      I almost purchased a machine that comes with a bobbin thread alarm. But I picked the one with a long arm so that I can quilt most quilts on my domestic.

  2. I hate it when that happens! I've had half an inch - just finished it by hand. And, because I'm short on bobbins, I wind a new one onto a half-full one of a different color... and sometimes it picks up the other thread, and I'm suddenly quilting with heavyweight black bobbin thread!

    1. Wow an inch, not nice. I don't think I've experienced that small of a distance.
      I've never heard or thought of winding a half bobbin like that. If I'm out of bobbins, I usually rip of a color I don't think I would use again and end up tossing it. It kills me.
      That's neat that the machine can pick up the first thread on the bobbin.

  3. String piecing is the worst. I can get up to 20 if I'm not concentrating. Terrible!

    1. I know, me too. And it usually happens when I'm in a hurry to finish the project.