Tips and Tutorials Tuesday: How to Wind your Bobbin and Get Back to Sewing without Re-threading your Machine

February 24, 2015

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Hi all!  There were some really wonderful tutorials and tips posted last week.  You bloggers are awesome! And if you didn’t have a chance to look at those wonderful tutorials from last week yet, you can click back to it HERE.

The prize for the week goes to Nesta from Ella and Nesta’s Little Room.  She designed the cutest little heart mug rug that can be folded up into an envelope.  I love it!

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Congrats Nesta.  I’ll be sending you a cute little handmade fabric necklace as your prize.

Now, for a tip this week… you’re gonna love this!

Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend QuiltCon, the modern quilter’s convention here in Austin.  I took some excellent classes there, including one on Paperless Paper Piecing with the amazing instructor, Cristy Fincher, from Sew Much Like My Mom.

In class, Cristy shared a simple tip that I swear will save me a ridiculous amount of time in my sewing years to come.  I’m still slapping my forehead, wondering how I never thought of it before. I asked Cristy if I could share it with you here, and she was game.  Thanks Cristy!

You know how you’re happily sewing along, minding your own business, when OH CRAP! your bobbin runs out.  AAAGH! You’re facing a sewing crisis: Stopping the sewing bliss to unthread your machine, wind your bobbin, and re-thread your machine.  Who’s got time for that?!?! Ummmm, no one I know.

Enter Cristy Fincher.  Imagine her walking into your sewing room to save the day (or at least several infuriating minutes of your time).

Here’s what Cristy says to do:

Step 1: Clip your thread where it’s hanging there in the middle:

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Step 2: Go ahead and wind that annoying little bobbin, using that solo spool of thread that’s on your machine.

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Step 3: When you’re finished winding your bobbin, tie a quick square knot with those two hanging pieces you clipped earlier.

Then pull that thread right down through all your thread guides, and the knot will slip right through the hole in your needle.  And BAM! you’re ready to start sewing again without re-threading your machine!


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 WHAT?!?!  How did I not know this before????? sigh

Oh yes, one more thing.  Have you heard of paperless paper piecing?  It’s a technique developed by Cristy Fincher and her mom, Sharon Schamber.  Check out Cristy’s picture below to see the beautiful points and seams you can accomplish using PPP.  If you’re curious about this unique technique, click over to Cristy’s blog for a fantastic tutorial that can start you off with this mind-blowing method.



And keep an eye out for her Craftsy class coming out soon, where you can have one-on-one class time with her.  At QuiltCon, Cristy showed us the quilts she will be teaching in her Craftsy class, and they are incredible.  I mean really, really gorgeous. I can’t wait to enroll in it as soon as it’s available!

If you have any tips or recommendations or tutorials to share, go ahead and link up below!

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  • Reply Mari February 24, 2015 at 7:31 am

    That is a pretty great tip. I used to do this with my serger. (4 threads, extra complicated threading.) I never realized it would also work on a regular machine. I’m learning a lot on this page!

  • Reply Shelly February 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    How in the world have I never tried this before?!?! Thank you so much for sharing Stephanie. You have saved me many frustrating moments. I’m really intrigued by the paperless paper piecing! I cant wait to hear more about that.

  • Reply quiltingjetgirl February 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Very cool tip! It sounds like you had a great class with Cristy! 🙂

  • Reply RuthB February 24, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Well you learn something new every day and every week! Great tip. Congrats to Nesta, love that design!

  • Reply Kate @ Thread Everywhere February 24, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Head slap! I feel the same way 🙂 This changes everything. Why didn’t they teach me this in home ec? Now I’m wondering if my mom knows this…she taught me how to sew. Thanks for the great tip, I hope I’ll remember it next time my bobbin runs out. I am definitely intrigued by PPP, I’ll have to check that out! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Terri Ann February 25, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’m so glad I’m not alone in the giant a-ha moment we all just had together there. Sigh it seems so obvious now!! Thanks for the moment of clarity Steph!

  • Reply Rachel Dreher February 27, 2015 at 3:52 am

    Shut up! I neeeeed to try that! How have I been so stupid my whole life?1?

  • Reply Nesta March 7, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you so much! How super lucky: I was admiring your necklaces and now this wonderful surprise!

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