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#1 Donna W

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 09:39 PM

I new to longarm quilting and I want to order some bobbins form my Milli.. which is best, aluminum or metal?

#2 LaurieG

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:04 PM

You will get different answers to your question. I love the matal bobbins and have many of them. Others will say they love the aluminum bobbins best. You will need to get a few of each and try them both to see which ones YOU and your MILLI like the best. Congrats on your new machine!
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 11:09 PM

I liked the metal ones until I started using the Magna Glide prewounds. I may never buy another metal bobbin again!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 12:41 AM

I really like the aluminum bobbins...but then again...they are the only ones I have tried. I prefer those with the threading holes too versus those without!

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 05:19 AM

Originally posted by sagebrushquilter
I really like the aluminum bobbins...but then again...they are the only ones I have tried. I prefer those with the threading holes too versus those without!


:o i didnt know you could get them without the threading hole. can someone pleae tell me how you would wind the bobbin on the bobbin winder without a threading hole? :o

i use aluminum, cause thats what came with lola-baby. ive never tried any other flovors, but i do have some samples of those magna glide ones. im afraid to try them cause i know i will love them - then what to do?
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 05:20 AM

whichever ones you decide on, just make sure you don't mix types when working on a quilt. The metal ones are heavier than the aluminum and require a tighter tension on the bobbin. If you use both during the process of a quilt, you will need to change your bobbin case tension each time you change bobbin types. So, if you have both metal and aluminum, wind only on one type per quilt, then set your bobbin case tension for that thread/bobbin combination. Hope that made sense.:)
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 05:37 AM

when i called apqs to order a supply of bobbins i was encouraged to stay with the aluminum bobbins because those are the ones that are used when the machine (Millennium) is calibrated at the factory. just my input here.

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 06:43 AM

I use only the metal bobbins and I think I got a better stitch quality with them. The key is to work what works best for you!
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:13 AM

i think iread somewhere that i can use the same metal bobbins that i use in my bernina for lola-baby. anyone know if this is true. they look like the same size. if so, may i will give them a whirl on a practice piece just to see the difference.
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:34 AM

Meg, I think I'd try a bobbin from the Freedom on the dsm first, rather than the other way around. I only use aluminum and prewounds, because My Penny likes them and didn't like the metal.. I traded with someone, I think Heidi M. Penny's happy, so that makes me happy. Yup, I usually am, even though I sound different. RitaR

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 08:00 AM

As you were warned you will get a zillion different answers. I used metal only for 14 years and have just recently changed to aluminum and I feel I have better results so that is why I threw the steel ones out. I too agree never mix the two you will have a mess. APQS machines are timed to the aluminum bobbins from the factory as they feel this the best. So when I got my new machine I didn't argue with them and I do see a difference from the older machine. Meg it all depends on which DSM you have each Berinia has a different bobbin size. My Brothers, my 12 needle Toyota emb machine, and my 6500 janome all have "L" bobbins, but not all Berinia's do. It is what works for you.

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#12 John Mitchell

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 09:14 AM

We sell both the steel and Aluminum bobbins. Here at Country Lane Quilting we have used steel bobbins since 1996 and still only use steel. I have addressed this issue in one of my articles in "On Track" magazine. I feel that it is a matter of what you like. Physics tells us the Aluminum should be superior because of the lesser mass and would stop quicker; however in use there does not seem to be much difference. We have a special on steel bobbins, buy 10 bobbin cases at $40 and get 100 steel bobbins free. We are offering SPECIAL PRICING on steel bobbins and bobbin cases. 10 bobbin cases and 100 steel bobbins for $40. This is a great opportunity for you to stock up at a great price. I also have a limited # of Base expanders for the APQS machines without the tread cutter, Liberty, Lenni, and Freedom for $90 and a few vertical spool holders for $50. 1 Micro Drive for Lenni/Liberty $150 These prices are limited to the stock we have on hand. I have a new shipment of the Yellow packages of MR needles in 3.0, 3.5 and 4.5. The MR 4.0's are now all in the green GB package. This will probably be the last of the yellow packages. I've listed my current prices below except for the special pricing, below. NEW LOWER PRICES ON NEEDLES, BOBBINS AND BOBBIN CASES 100 Singer MR or Organ Needles--------------$35.00 mix and match sizes 10 Singer MR or Organ Needles----------------$5.50each 4.5, 4.0, 3.5, 3.0 100 Steel Bobbins--------------------$25.00 @ $.25 each 50 Steel Bobbins---------------------$15.00 @ $.30 each Less than 50 ------------------------------------$.35 each 100 Aluminum Bobbins--------------$35.00 @ $.35 each Less than 100-------------------------------------$.40 each 3 Bobbin Case “L”------------------ $18.00 @ $6.00 each 6 Bobbin Case “L” ------------------$30.00 @ $5.00 each 9 Bobbin Case “L”-------------------$36.00 @ $4.00 each Less than 3 ------------------------------------$8.00 each Tension Assembly on sale for--------------$12.00 Tension Spring on sale for--------------------$1.50 We are an Authorized Hartley Products dealer. Call us at the studio at 816-350-2002 or email countrylanequilting@mail.com
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#13 quilter46

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 11:34 AM

How do you tell the difference between steel and aluminum bobbins?

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:20 PM

I use the steel mostly because it threads easier. The thread often breaks at the beginnining when I use the alum. with the sharp threading hole. That being said, I use the aluminum ones anyway when using a little used thread color. I actually interchange bobbins all the time and have never had an issue.
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#15 Bonnie in Ok

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 03:29 PM

yes I would also like to know how you tell the difference with the steel vs the other?
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:06 PM

The steel ones have a row of holes on one side. They are actually both metal. That said a magnet will pick up the steel ones. If you use steel bobbins I have a special now, buy 10 bobbin cases for $40 and get 100 steel bobbins free. Plus actual shipping. This is a $150 value. The Aluminum bobbins are $35/100. John
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