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From: Ria
Date: 04-06-2006, 04:20 PM (1 of 12)
I usually use only Nebs prewound.....I wonder about these sideless bobbins if anyone here uses them...I am not interested in the cardboard ones...but might be interested in the sideless if they are any good...thanks....Ria
Ria


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From: Tom Land
Date: 04-10-2006, 02:03 PM (2 of 12)
The machines you listed will work best with the plastic sided Nebs.
Have fun or don't do it, Tom
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From: mamadus
Date: 04-25-2006, 02:03 AM (3 of 12)
Ria... if you try the sideless bobbins in your machines,,, they're likely to do some bouncing around... particularly as they get to the second half of the bobbin... they just don't have enough weight to stay firmly where they're supposed to be.... and hte cardboard sided ones are not usually recommended for home machines.... the NEBS are wonderful... they make life sooooo much easier... and if you keep your eyes open, you can often find them on sale.... check

www.nebsales.com
www.longcreekmills.com

to name just a couple sources for NEBS...

MO
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From: Dianne Walker
Date: 04-25-2006, 08:03 AM (4 of 12)
I am really going to show my ignorance here - what are NEBS???? I can get pre wound Janome bobbins from the shop where my Janome machine came from but have been told never ever use any others. Is this correct or are they just after the sales? They are very expensive.
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From: Ronda Sews
Date: 04-25-2006, 08:42 AM (5 of 12)
I have the Janome 300E and use nebs exclusively. I've not had any problems with them. I recently read to put a penny in the bottom of the bobbin and that seems to quiet it down from jumping around. Nebs are much cheaper than buying them at your dealer. I've heard lots of people use nebs without problems.

Hope that helps.

Oh yeah, NEBS are prewould paper side or plastic side bobbins. I use the paper side bobbins. I bought a gross of them for $35.00 last year and still have quite a few left. I've also heard there's more thread on them than winding your own.

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From: Dianne Walker
Date: 04-25-2006, 09:48 AM (6 of 12)
Thanks Rhonda - they certainly sound worth a try and there is no comparison on price. The Janome pre wound are nearly 1 each which makes embroidery very expensive (specially if it goes wrong and finishes up in the bin !!!!!!!!)
Di
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From: Melanie T
Date: 04-25-2006, 11:08 AM (7 of 12)
I use the nebs in my janome 300e and kenmore 19010 with a piece of felt cut to the size of the bobbin underneath it to make up for the smaller thickness of the generic prewound bobbin compared to the janome bobbins. I also use Coats Astra cardboard bobbins with no problems employing the same piece of felt. Before I read about the felt (a penny would do the trick too) the generics used to bounce around and make terrible noises, especially as they would get toward the end.

Here is what I have paid for bobbins:
Nebs $40 for 144 black bobbins
coats $15 for 144 white bobbins
Janome $13.95 for 12 bobbins, black or white

I also have a large cone of Coats astra black (12,000yds) which I sometimes wind myself. I think it cost $13 including shipping from smartneedle on eBay.

I find the prewounds work just fine and I embroider more when using them.
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
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From: bluebirdie
Date: 04-25-2006, 11:43 AM (8 of 12)
I have never used NEBs. What kind of benifit I can get from using these NEBs?

Normally I wind a bobbin in one minute, start to finish. So the time spent is tolarable. But buying empty bobbins along can be expensive. Does prewind bobbins come in different colors? And can I reuse these bobbins with my own thread later?
- Robin
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From: Melanie T
Date: 04-25-2006, 12:48 PM (9 of 12)
I have never used NEBs. What kind of benifit I can get from using these NEBs?

Normally I wind a bobbin in one minute, start to finish. So the time spent is tolarable. But buying empty bobbins along can be expensive. Does prewind bobbins come in different colors? And can I reuse these bobbins with my own thread later?

The biggest advantage is convience, being able to pop in a new one in the middle of a project with out having to dig out your embroidery bobbin thread, unthread the machine from the embroidery thread and wind a new bobbin.

I have black, white and gray prewounds, I never use any other colors for embroidery bobbin thread anyway. ThreadArt does have prewound colored bobbins available, but I didn't see any benefit. The only time I use a colored bobbin in embroidery is freestanding lace and then I want an exact match anyway.

It is just not worth it to use the prewound bobbins again once they are empty. They are cheap and the NEBS (National EmBroidery Supply) don't have a hole in them to put the thread through for rewinding, though, I have considered drilling my own - but decided it just wasn't worth it. The cardboard are too flimsy to rewind once the thread is off.

Hope that helps,
Melanie
4 little sewing machine mechanics (6, 4, 2, Born June 14)
Ontario Canada
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From: bluebirdie
Date: 04-26-2006, 01:54 PM (10 of 12)
That makes sense. Thanks for the tips.
- Robin
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From: ClareSS
Date: 04-27-2006, 10:07 AM (11 of 12)
I pinch pennies, so I usually prewind my own bobbins, too, but I always have some NEBS on hand. I hate having to change my thread in the middle of a design just to wind a bobbin. It wastes so much time!
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From: mamadus
Date: 05-02-2006, 12:37 AM (12 of 12)
I can usually get white NEBS for around $28 per gross if I keep my eyes open for sales... Well worth it...

MO
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