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    Hi folks -- my Brother sewing machine (BC-1000) works best with its own brand-name bobbin, i.e., not a generic store-brand bobbin, so with each new project I wind a new bobbin and sew and sew. Then I get almost to the end of the thread on the bobbin, but not quite, just to where it doesn't sew quite right, and I have to wind a fresh new bobbin and replace the almost-used-up bobbin. Other than using the thread on the almost-used-up bobbin for hand stitching, is there any way I can use it in the machine, like for for bobbin stitching maybe? I have figured no, since there isn't a lot of the thread left, and the winding would be uneven, creating uneven tension. It just seems like I am wasting thread at the end of the bobbins, and I am going through my package of bobbins quickly!

    Any thoughts? Hopefully, there is a clever tip I just haven't run across yet.
    Thanks! Carol

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    Hmmm I have a Brother also

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      Re: when the bobbin thread gets low

      I just use that thread for my hand sewn hexies that I do with my scraps. So in short...no I have no idea what you can do with that thread to use it on the machine. Sorry.
      Michele

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        I probably waste more thread than the average person . . . my bad. But, I do have a special waste can I drop my clippings and bobbin ends into. After a while it becomes quite a colorful mess. Although I have not done it, I have a dear friend who uses these for the artistic work she does - sandwiching the clippings and threads (just a random 'pile') between layers of organza and she makes embroidered ornaments on her embroidery machine. She also does artistic thread paintings on her quilting . . . incorporating some of the colorful threads along the way. I just don't possess her level of creativeness. Often wish I did. Would LOVE to do a 'painted' fabric quilt sometime . . . ENVY.
        Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
        it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

        "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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          Re: when the bobbin thread gets low

          thanks, folks! It's reassuring to know that maybe I haven't missed a well-known trick that's been out there forever. Sandy, your friend certainly has the right idea - taking scraps and pieces and turning them into glorious artwork. How marvelous!! thanks for the replies - I am new to the forum, and it's wonderful to meet nice people! take care - Carol

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            Re: when the bobbin thread gets low

            Hey, Carol !
            I use the remains of spool & bobbin thread for hand stitching also. You could e-mail the Brother company & ask if they have suggestions. Only other suggestion I have is ...... I ball up any scraps of thread (& dryer lint) and spread them amongst tree branches for the birds to feather their nests. Carol Ann

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