Monofilament thread on the bobbin
My monofilament thread will not wind evenly on the bobbin.
What should do I do?
Monofilament thread does seem to have a mind of its own when it comes to winding it on a bobbin.
What I do is wind is at about half speed and then use my finger to help guide the thread onto the bobbin. If it gets hot or uncomfortable on your finger, then you might be able to use the 'crook' of your scissors between the handles and the blades.
Do you have plastic bobbins as I do?
If so, then I suggest filling them to only a bit more than half full. The monofilament thread warms and can stretch during winding (that's one of the reasons for the winding at a slower speed). In this state, it packs more onto the bobbin. When it relaxes, the thread literally pushes the bobbin apart.
Not good! AND a waste of thread.
Make sure you're using a monofilament intended for quilting. It should be marked as .004 thick. Anything thicker and it'll be wiry and be tough to wind.
My personal favorites are SewArt and YLI Wonder Invisible Thread
. They are the four spools on the right in the photo above. Both are 100% nylon. I do keep both clear and smoke on hand.
Readers, if you use clear thread in the bobbin what suggestions do you have? Use the 'comment' link below to share your thoughts.