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on: May 22, 2009, 01:17:36 PM
Hi, I'm just wondering if anyone else has a kenmore sewing machine. If so, what brand bobbins do you use? I tried singer once, and they didn't work. I ended up buying some from Sears, but no longer have one close to me. Should I go online or is there another brand I can use?
Reply #1 on: May 24, 2009, 07:31:37 PM
I have a Kenmore and I just buy the basic brand that they sell at my local fabric store. I know there are different kinds of bobbins though, so if you are unsure you could always bring one of your bobbins along when you shop. Either way, you shouldn't have to go searching online. Good luck!
Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009, 08:33:41 PM
I buy mine at either Sears or the local fabric store. You have to buy the bigger ones, if buying from a fabric store. I think that was the trick...because I too bought the wrong ones. I think the Singer ones are too narrow.
Reply #3 on: May 24, 2009, 11:17:48 PM
Bobbins can be complicated and depending on what kind of machine you have, you must buy the correct size.
There are three basic "classes" of bobbins: class M, class L and class 15.
It is easy to differentiate Class L from the other two. Class L has a smaller diameter than class 15 and M. If class M or 15 is too big to fit into your machine, then you can be pretty sure that your machine takes only class L bobbins.
The difference between class 15 and class M is a little tougher to find.
First, determine if your machine has a vertical front-loading or horizontal drop-in hook. Once this is determined, you can find your correct bobbin at just about any sewing store.
The bobbins for vertical hooks are usually wider and can hold more thread. The drop-in style bobbins are usually not as wide and some have a slight dome on the top and bottom of the bobbin. In my experience, the dome isn't as important as the width of the bobbin.
Of course the easiest way to determine your correct bobbin size is to find one of the bobbins that initially came with your machine and compare the width and diameter with the new bobbins you've purchased. If they match, then you should be fine.
I have several different sewing machines and this is my method for determining which bobbin goes with which machine. Hope it helps!
Sew, Mama, Sew!
Reply #4 on: May 29, 2009, 10:01:15 AM
WOW! It sounds like I need to just take along an original bobbin to go shopping! Thank you for all of your help!
Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 03:59:14 PM
Janome makes Kenmore. The bobbins are interchangable as are other Janome accessories.
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