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Sewing Tips - Wind the bobbin up....

How many of you know the slightly annoying yet catchy children's tune, Wind the Bobbin Up? I had never heard this until I came to Yorkshire - it certainly didn't feature in my Scottish childhood. I suspect because of the number of mills and mill towns in the North of England it was much more common in Yorkshire.

What is a bobbin I hear you ask? A quick look on Wikipedia will tell you:

'As used in spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, or lacemaking, the bobbin provides temporary or permanent storage for yarn or thread and may be made of plastic, metal, bone, or wood. 

The lockstitch sewing machine, invented and developed in the 18th and 19th centuries,  forms a stitch with two threads: one passed through a needle and another  from a bobbin. Each thread stays on the same side of the material being  sewn, interlacing with the other thread at each needle hole thanks to  the machine's movement. Tension of the bobbin thread is maintained with a bobbin case, a metal enclosure with a leaf spring which keeps the thread taut'

In layman's terms, it's the little spool of thread that goes underneath the sewing machine, either from the front (front loading) or the top near the foot plate (top loading).

I like the metal ones with the holes in it. I find them easier to use in my sewing machine. It's a front loading JL110 (You may have seen her before on my Instagram page. She's called Red).

A metal bobbin for use with a sewing machine
The metal bobbin wound up!

Side view of the metal bobbin half full of bright pink thread.
Side view of the metal bobbin half full of thread.

I absolutely love winding the bobbin up now - sometimes I even sing it as I'm going along - and if you've never wound one on, here's a video on my YouTube channel showing you how to wind a bobbin. You can't really use a sewing machine without your bobbin thread and I have a good selection of different colours for when I need to match my top stitching threads. Sometimes it's white, but more often than not it's a really bright colour to match all my pretty lining fabrics.

If you sew, do you have a front or top loading bobbin?

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