How to use your embroidery machine with prewound bobbins

If you enjoy machine embroidery, you are aware that bobbin and embroidery thread can be used extensively when creating a design. Additionally, you will need to replace your bobbin often if you stitch a lot. Prewound bobbins can be an alluring substitute because it can be inconvenient to have to stop and wind a bobbin every time you run out.

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Using prewound bobbins eliminates the need for winding! You simply insert a fresh bobbin thread as soon as the current one runs out!

However, how effective are they, and are they worth the additional cost?

I’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of pre-wound bobbins in this post to help you determine if they’re the right choice for you.

Describe pre-wound bins.

Prewound bobbins are precisely what their name suggests: bobbins that have already had bobbin thread wound around them. They come in an assortment of thread colors and types.

However, you should make sure you purchase prewound bobbins designed especially for machine embroidery and ones that work with your embroidery machine if you plan to use them in your machine.


If you are new to machine embroidery, you should know that the bobbin thread used for machine embroidery is not the same as the thread used for sewing.

Usually, when sewing, you match the top thread with your bobbin thread. However, when machine stitching, you should use bobbin thread designed especially for machine stitching. Compared to ordinary sewing machine bobbin thread, this kind is thinner and less twisted.

Why? The quality of your embroidery is ensured by using the proper kind of bobbin thread. In order to prevent your bobbin thread from showing through the top of your embroidery, the thinner weight of the bobbin thread causes an imbalance in the thread tension, which pulls more top embroidery thread to the back of the project.

You go through a lot of bobbin thread because you use the same kind for nearly every project you create on your embroidery machine. Usually, I purchase a sizable spool of bobbin thread for machine embroidery and wind them by hand.

However, I recently chose to give some prewound machine embroidery bobbins a try after receiving some.

The decision? Both performed flawlessly. However, it’s difficult to top prewound bobbins’ convenience.


Not every prewound bobbin is made equally, and utilizing the incorrect kind of bobbin can lead to issues with your device.

Different kinds of prewound bobbins can be used with different embroidery machines. Examine the labels; they will frequently specify the machines they are compatible with. Or find out what other people who own comparable embroidery machines use.

The benefits and drawbacks of prewoven bins for machine embroidery

The advantages

You can save time with prewound bobbins because you won’t have to take a break in the middle of a project to wind your bobbin! Prewound bobbins can help you complete more embroidery in less time if you are an embroidery business owner where time is money.

Prewound bobbins can save you from tangling and breaking threads because the thread is already wound neatly on the bobbin, reducing the likelihood of tangling.

Because of their precise winding, prewound bobbins may also produce tension that is more constant.

Ultimately, a prewound can hold a greater amount of thread than you could wind the bobbin by hand. This implies that you can embroider for longer before changing bobbins.

The drawbacks

Prewound bobbins may cost more than winding your own bobbins and purchasing bobbin thread separately. However, I believe that the price difference is quite small when compared to the price of other machine embroidery supplies.

One more thing to think about is that you are left with an empty spool after using the prewound bobbin. With all those empty bobbin spools and needless waste, what are you going to do?


Prewound bobbins: are they reusable?

Reusing prewound bobbins is not recommended. Simply put, they aren’t strong enough to withstand several windings. After using up all of the thread on a prewound, you should discard it or recycle it in an inventive way and start over with fresh thread.

So, is it possible to repurpose the spool? Indeed. Indeed, you can. I’ve tried it, and it does work—but only with plastic spools, not paper ones. But because they are a little flimsy, I would only do it in an emergency.

Does my machine accept any kind of prewound bobbin?

No, no, no! It is important that you purchase the right kind for your embroidery machine.

Will the bobbin casing be ruined by prewound bobbins?

You run the risk of damaging your bobbin casing if the prewound bobbin is not a perfect fit for the bobbin case. Many manufacturers of embroidery machines advise against using them because of this.

I wouldn’t worry about it, though, if it appears to fit well and your tension and stitch quality are good.

Where do prewound bobbins get sold?

Prewound bobbins are available on the websites of DIME, Allstitch, Metroemb, and Threadart, among other embroidery suppliers. They’re available on Amazon as well.

Which prewound bobbins are compatible with the Brother sewing machine?

Depending on the kind of Brother embroidery machine you currently possess. Examine the product description provided by the supplier or the handbook. They frequently enumerate every machine that a bobbin can operate on.

What distinguishes prewound bobbins on plastic spools from those on paper?

It is believed that the bobbin casing experiences less wear and tear from the ones with the paper. Naturally, the plastic ones used in the drop-in bobbins cannot be taken out.

Do prewound bobbins deteriorate?

They don’t spoil, but as they age, the thread might get fragile. Therefore, it’s probably time to replace your prewound bobbins if you’ve had them for a while and you notice that the thread breaks more easily.

Is it appropriate to use the same brand of thread for both your bobbin and top embroidery thread?

No, it’s not that important. I use a wide variety of embroidery threads and don’t really think about the brand I’m using or if it’s the same brand as the bobbin thread—I never have any problems with that.