Machine Embroidery Bobbin Thread (What To Use!)

Demystifying Embroidery Bobbin Thread: What to Know & How to Choose!

Unlock Creativity: Best Bobbin Threads for Machine Embroidery!

Ever wondered why your embroidery machine isn’t behaving properly? It might be because of the embroidery bobbin thread you’re using. Incorrect bobbin thread can lead to thread breaks, missed stitches, and tension woes. To add to the mix, machine manuals sometimes skimp on clarifying which bobbin thread to use. But don’t fret! I’m here to help illuminate this subject for you.

Understanding Embroidery Bobbin Thread

Unlike your typical embroidery or sewing thread, embroidery bobbin thread sits beneath the design. It’s housed on a bobbin that fits into a case beneath your machine’s workspace. With every stitch your machine makes, it combines a top thread and a bottom thread from the bobbin. So, the importance of picking the right bobbin thread is undeniable!

Selecting the Ideal Embroidery Bobbin Thread

While your machine’s user manual is your go-to guide, there’s more to consider. Bobbin threads come in different weights, colors, and materials, and I’ll share some insights to help you choose the perfect match.

Tip: Before using new bobbin threads on a main project, give them a trial on a sample piece.

1. Material of Bobbin Thread

The top choices for bobbin thread materials are similar to regular embroidery thread: rayon, polyester, and cotton. However, each bobbin thread might be constructed differently. It’s crucial to opt for threads specifically designed for embroidery machine bobbins. My personal favorite is polyester, though I occasionally use cotton for heat-sensitive projects.

2. Colors for Bobbin Threads

Worry not about constantly matching bobbin thread colors to the design. Most embroidery patterns are created so that the bobbin thread remains unseen. Although most bobbin threads are available in limited shades, like black and white, color matching is usually reserved for projects where both sides are visible. For these, I sometimes wind regular embroidery thread onto my bobbins.

3. Determining Bobbin Thread Weight

Thread weight relates to its thickness. Embroidery often uses a finer bobbin thread compared to the top thread to ensure designs aren’t bulky on the underside. The majority of embroidery patterns are made for 40-weight threads. Hence, bobbin threads are recommended to be 60 weight or higher. Always consult your machine’s manual for the best weight.

4. Recognized Bobbin Thread Brands

Some popular brands you might come across include dime, Sulky, Madeira, Mettler, Aurifil, OESD, Robison Anton, and Brother. Each offers varying qualities and weights. While it’s possible to buy affordable pre-wound bobbins online, their quality can be inconsistent. Personally, I’ve found that my Brother machines are adaptable with many brands.

5. Quality Check for Bobbin Threads

Choose bobbin threads that are smooth, thin, and strong, with minimal fuzz. This helps in reducing lint buildup in your machine, ensuring smoother operations. And while embroidery bobbin thread is sturdy, it might not be the best choice for high-tension seams.

Additional Tips

Whether you’re using pre-wound bobbins or winding them yourself, always ensure they’re compatible with your machine. While pre-wound bobbins offer convenience, they might occasionally pose challenges. If winding your own, ensure even tension for optimal results.

Inserting and Storing Bobbins

Ensure that the bobbin is inserted correctly to prevent any stitching issues. And if you’re looking for bobbin storage solutions, bobbin rings and thread clips can be quite handy!

Key Details Description
Material Choices Rayon, Polyester, Cotton
Popular Bobbin Thread Brands Dime, Sulky, Madeira, Mettler, etc.
Bobbin Thread Weight 60 weight or higher (depends on machine)
Bobbin Thread Colors Primarily Black and White
Storage Options Bobbin rings, Thread clips


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