If you have ever seen items made on sewing machines that had heavier embellishments like thicker thread, ribbon, and other trims and wondered how it was attached, you need to know about bobbinwork. Bobbinwork is an alternate way of stitching on Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL-2010Q when you want to use a thread or trim that is too thick to thread through a needle. By putting the trim into the bobbin and literally sewing with your fabric upside down, you can embellish any project with a thicker thread or some similar type of trim.
What Is Bobbinwork?
Bobbinwork is a method of stitching on heavy threads and trims that do not fit through the needle on standard sewing machines. It requires winding the desired thread or trim around a bobbin so it can be fed underneath the fabric as the bobbin thread would normally do, avoiding the need to pass through the needle. With this method, stitches are made by using the top thread to hold the trim in place on the underside.
To achieve the effect of stitching the trim onto the front of the item, the fabric is turned upside down when stitched so the top side is actually underneath where the bobbin trim is being fed.
When Might Bobbinwork Be Used?
If you have ever wanted to use a thicker thread or a fine trim on a project as an embellishment but could not thread it into the needle of your Juki TL-2010Q, bobbinwork is a technique that can help you out.
It is useful for adding trim such as braided thread or ribbon, metallic chainette, and flat ribbon to garments, home accessories, and many other items. It is also popular for embellishing the tops of quilts. The results often look like hand embroidery or fancy hand-stitching, even though this is done with a machine.
How Is Bobbinwork Done?
Bobbinwork is not hard to do using Juki sewing machines, ait does involve a few steps, such as the following, to ensure you achieve the desired results:
- Wind the Bobbin - Winding a bobbin with specialty thread involves a slightly different technique with the bobbin winder. Set the bobbin onto the winding pin, wrap the trim around the bobbin a few times, trim the end, then click the pin in place. Instead of putting the trim spool on the thread pin on the machine, hold it on a pencil instead. Create a slight tension with your fingers, then slowly and evenly wind the bobbin.
- Set the Machine - To give plenty of room for stitching, install a zigzag presser foot and plate on your machine. Next, set your machine to whichever stitch you want to use with your trim. Start out with the feed dogs up. As you become more practiced with bobbinwork and experiment with it, you can use freeform stitching and sew more complex trim with the feed dogs lowered.
- Mark the Fabric - Turn your fabric over and mark it on the wrong side, which should be face up. Since you are marking the wrong side of the fabric you can mark it with anything as long as it will not show through to the front.
- Start Stitching - With the fabric still wrong side up, begin slowly stitching to follow your marks. The decorative thread on the bobbin will come up on the underside while the top thread catches it, stitching it into place. Depending on the fabric and decorative trim being used, experiment with top stitch tension or even use a tear-away stabilizer under the fabric for best results.
The next time you decide that you have the perfect trim for a project except for the fact that it will not fit through any needles used on standard sewing machines, do not forget about bobbinwork. With this ingenious technique, you can use Juki sewing machines like the Juki TL-2010Q to stitch on thicker threads and finer trims - from the bottom!