Gadget Guru: Sidewinder Bobbin Reviews
January 25, 2012
Vickie, our Quilting Maven and I have written reviews of both styles on the Sidewinder bobbin winder tools from Simplicity. Here are our findings.
I resisted buying the Sidewider Bobbin Winder for over a year. I thought, ''my machine winds bobbins, what's the big deal.'' At $39.98, it didn't seem unreasonable, but to quote my favorite Food TV personality, ''it's a unitasker.'' Then the deluxe model came out at about $100. I thought that there must be something to this bobbin winder, so I got the basic one when we had a notions sale. Well, it's one of the best tools I have ever bought for sewing. Winding a bobbin to replace the one that's about to run out while you are sewing is really fabulous. It helps me keep moving through my project without stopping for anything. I have used it on bobbins for Brother, Janome and Elna machines, and it works on all of them. If you are a ''Power Sewer'' or like to work on many projects at a time, this little ''unitasker'' is worth the space it takes in your sewing area.
A few years ago, the Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder appeared. At the time, I thought to myself who's going to buy that? Soon after I bought it and it has been one of the best buys I have ever made. Now I'm ready to embrace the newest model- the Simplicity Deluxe Portable Bobbin Winder. It accommodates almost any sewing machine brand. Its interchangeable thread spindles will accommodate different size thread spools and thread weights. Added to that is the ability to store several bobbins. On top of all this flexibility, it is usable with longarm quilting machines. Now I know that most of us do not own a longarm, but if you do you know that the cost of a bobbin winder that would work with your longarm only is about $100.00. It would not have the flexibility of working with other sewing machines. This is already scheduled to be my birthday present this year. I can hardly wait!
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