Sewing Machine Question

United States
May 22, 2010 9:28pm CST
anyone know if bobbin cases are interchangeable? my kids took off with parts of my sewing machine. I have patches to sew on to my DD's scout uniform and I can't do it w/o that case. I have my Mom's old machine buried in the basement I don't think it works very well but I thought if perhaps I could use the part I needed from a different one?
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 May 10
I used to be a professional seamstress... and at that time.. no, they were never interchangeable, even for same maker. Annoying as that was! And of course, the machine I chose, was an expensive style of bobbin. I didn't know that until I went to buy additional ones. But I'd venture to guess... they are still not interchangable. Call the maker to make sure or maybe there are generic ones that might work as well.
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• United States
23 May 10
thanks! I wish I knew how to sew that well... to be a seamstress half the machines they show on various PBS shows would blow me out of the water + you need a class for all these computerized models for sure! I was hoping I wouldn't have to go thru the manufacturer... it's not a fancy machine just the $100 special from Wal-mart but I can't see paying a chunk of money for one part KWIM?
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 May 10
I mean just call the manufacture and ask.. "I have this machine and it takes this bobbin. Is there an alternative bobbin?" And odds are, if it is just a simple machine.. they might have an alternative. My machine at that time was a simple one to. But is served me well. THen I got to trade it in on a new one in 1986 and I got one that (Singer) had about a dozen great decorative stitches and seams and things like that. The button holer feature was a huge blessing!
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 May 10
And now.. these machines are so automated and computerized, you hardly have to do more than just cut the pattern out! I don't think I'd want one of them as I want to do all the things myself, not just sit there and hold the pieces together. Plus, to many thing sto go wrong with the machine. The first one I had I learned how to fix the things that went wrong regularly. But then the Singer I got had a computer in it and I couldn't fix anything anymore!
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
23 May 10
I don't think so, might be best idea to do by hand my sister discovered that sometimes they need to be moved.
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@GardenGerty (95731)
• Marion, Kansas
23 May 10
This confused me at first, Elic, I thought you meant sometimes the sewing machine had to be moved.. I think I would be tempted to get the washable fabric glue from Wal Mart for less than $3.00. It works real well for me.
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@ElicBxn (60692)
• United States
23 May 10
sorry, my sister was a girl scout from 2nd to she graduated high school (she later went to work for them) the badges had to be removed and sewing on a machine would've made removing the much harder.
• United States
24 Jul 10
@Gerty- I've tried that glue and it didn't do very good on those patches at all. @Elic- why would your sister need to remove her badges?
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@GardenGerty (95731)
• Marion, Kansas
23 May 10
They sometimes are, and sometimes are not. It depends on how much of the bobbin case they removed. You do mean a part of the machine, and not the bobbin itself, right? I am just the one amateur that would at least try it, especially if they were by the same manufacturer. It might be worth while to have the old one professionally cleaned. I had a Wal Mart Special, and had to have a piece replaced in less than a year. I saw a cool sewing machine cabinet at a yard sale, and it turned out to have a working machine, with all books and personal notes. I like it much better than the one I bought new.
• United States
25 Jul 10
I honestly wasn't able to get to my machine until this past week when hubby decided to venture over there and clean it out so he *COUGH* could borrow it w/ a lil help of course. I have to recall now where I put the other machine and see if they are interchangeable or not. That was quite a find at a yard sale. You never know what you'll find unless you can take the time to look.
• United States
25 Jul 10
Oh and the piece that I'm missing isn't the bobbin itself (those you can buy anywhere) it's the round cylinder piece you situate the bobbin in... the bobbin case?
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
23 May 10
I have been a seamstress for the past 49 years. I have in emergencies, used bobbin cases from other machines on the one I was sewing with. I found that if the bobbin will fit and the case will snap into the machine it more than likely will work. I have a collection of bobbin cases just for that reason. All you can do is give it a try. After all, there are two other scenarios. Either the replacement bobbin case will be extremely expensive or the sewing machine is old enough that the bobbin case is no longer being manufactured. What machine is the one that the kids took the case from?
• United States
23 May 10
it's a brother I believe I know it's atleast 10yrs old (as she made my flower girl dresses with them 10 yrs ago), I got it from my MIL who's "decluttering" and thought I'd want it.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
23 May 10
Let me know what model. If you don't find the case for the machine I may be able to help you out with one. Even if you do find it, it never hurts to have a spare.
@maxito100 (150)
• Argentina
23 May 10
they probably are the same. i think if both sewing machines are the same kind theyll use the same bobbin type.
• United States
24 Jul 10
They are actually both Brother sewing machines. Thankfully my hubby finally dug the other one out for me so I can use that... but it's only becauseh he had a project to be done.
@Hatley (164772)
• Garden Grove, California
23 May 10
hi 3snugglebunnies I think each machine has a little difference in the bobbin cases. I think you could probably check on the net by finding the manufacturer of the one your kids did off with and ask if the bobbin cases are interchangeable. I am not any seamstress but my mom used to be one. I would guess that they are not. good luck.God bless
@jillhill (37386)
• United States
23 May 10
I don't think that will work....I don't know how expensive it is to have it fixed but I would check it out. Might be just a little money and you would have a machine that works just fine.
• United States
23 May 10
seems like the majority of them are universal with small differences,but i'd try it out.some of the older ones seem loose in the newer ones.