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Viking bobbin winding

Viking bobbin winding

Postby kimber » Sat Oct 18, 2008 10:23 am

I took my machine in for servicing this past week since the bobbin winder was 1) no longer winding evenly and 2) was winding too full. I also had a problem when a bobbin was too full, I had to sew with the bobbin cover off so I wouldn't get rats nest.

I found out that there is no adjustment for the bobbin winding evenly - I just have to watch it and move the thread up and down with my finger as it winds.

I also found out how to adjust the full-ness of the bobbin.

My big issue was with the 'too full' bobbin. Apparently the plastic bobbins used by Viking warp when the bobbin is filled too tightly or too full. Who knew!

I was told that when I wind my bobbin, I need to 1) use the footpedal on the lowest speed rather than the start/stop switch and 2) not wind the bobbin using the thread through the needle since that mucks up with the bobbin tension. This last bit really ticked me off. This is one of the bonuses I liked when I was looking at purchasing the machine... its DESIGNED to be wound that way... and now they're telling me I shouldn't *use* it that way?!?!

Frustrating!!
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Postby Judymc » Sat Oct 18, 2008 12:13 pm

thanks for the "heads up" about this issue--my daughter has a Husqvarna Viking machine and I'll tell her about this. There's not much else that makes me crazy as when I'm having trouble with my sewing machine--I really sympathize with you!!! It would really tick me off, too, if I bought a machine thinking certain features were a sure thing and then being told they didn't work. Judy in Torrance
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Postby kfstitcher » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:41 pm

I've been wondering about my bobbin winder too. Every machine I ever used stopped winding when it is full but my Viking just seems to go on and on. At first I didn't pay attention and had to unwind a bunch because it wouldn't fit in the machine. Is this how they all are or just my problem?

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Postby Stinki » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:57 am

I find mine doing the same thing too. I have learned to keep an eye on it so that it doesn't get too full

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Postby vmckenna » Sun Oct 19, 2008 10:49 am

I have a Viking and I wind bobbins through the needle. Just make sure that you have a metal presser foot on and the thread goes under the foot. I also slow the speed down - it works great. As for the bobbin not stopping - you can turn the bobbin level knob (at least that's what I call it) to adjust the fullness of the bobbin. I don't remember which direction so you will need to experiment with this.
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Postby Lorchen » Sun Oct 19, 2008 4:42 pm

I have had a Husqvarna Viking for over 5 years now and the bobbin winder is fine (through the needle aswell).
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Postby kfstitcher » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:48 pm

vmckenna wrote:I have a Viking and I wind bobbins through the needle. Just make sure that you have a metal presser foot on and the thread goes under the foot. I also slow the speed down - it works great. As for the bobbin not stopping - you can turn the bobbin level knob (at least that's what I call it) to adjust the fullness of the bobbin. I don't remember which direction so you will need to experiment with this.


A bobbin level knob?? Where would I find such a marvelous thing? I didn't know I had one. Thanks, Karen
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Postby vmckenna » Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:15 pm

It's the little 'knob' that moves outward while you are winding the bobbin. I've had the Viking Rose, Designer 1 and the SE and they all had the sensor knob that tells the machine when the bobbin is full. I hope that make sense. Let me know.
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Postby kimber » Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:54 am

vmckenna wrote:I have a Viking and I wind bobbins through the needle. Just make sure that you have a metal presser foot on and the thread goes under the foot. I also slow the speed down - it works great. As for the bobbin not stopping - you can turn the bobbin level knob (at least that's what I call it) to adjust the fullness of the bobbin. I don't remember which direction so you will need to experiment with this.


I'll try putting the thread under the foot. My speed is as slow as it will go and the shop said that was still too fast. I'm still winding that way until I figure it out. Worse case, it ruins more bobbins.

I have the Platinum 770 and the bobbin level knob is a white thing right next to the bobbin winder on the top. Its basically a sensor that stops the winding once the thread has hit it, so turning it to the right (toward the bobbin) reduces the fullness. I found that this was one of my problems. I reduced the fullness and I think thats helping.
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Re: Viking bobbin winding

Postby happymrs » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:52 pm

I have a Viking Sapphire 830 & here's what I do. I pop up the extra spool holder. I take my top thread spool off & just set it in the bed of the machine, without unthreading the machine. I then put a spool on the extra spool holder, & thread it through that top piece & over to the bobbin. Then I wind it that way. My thread that is threaded through the machine doesn't get tangled. Now, I do watch that the bobbin winds evenly, I noticed it may not otherwise, which, I thought was weird too. I also stop it when it's full enough. Can't even remember if it stops on it's own, or not. Only have had mine a little over a year, but I get tired of unthreading a machine, to thread a bobbin, &, I don't like threading it through the needle, so this works for me. You do need more than one spool of the thread you are using, with doing it this way, but I usually have that. I also do this on the Janome I have & it works on it too... No extra spool holder on it, but I just set the one spool in the bed too, & put the other spool on to load the bobbin. It helps to load several bobbins at a time too. Try this & see if it works for you!...
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Re: Viking bobbin winding

Postby eileenkny » Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:15 pm

kimber wrote:I took my machine in for servicing this past week since the bobbin winder was 1) no longer winding evenly and 2) was winding too full. I also had a problem when a bobbin was too full, I had to sew with the bobbin cover off so I wouldn't get rats nest.

I found out that there is no adjustment for the bobbin winding evenly - I just have to watch it and move the thread up and down with my finger as it winds.

I also found out how to adjust the full-ness of the bobbin.

My big issue was with the 'too full' bobbin. Apparently the plastic bobbins used by Viking warp when the bobbin is filled too tightly or too full. Who knew!

I was told that when I wind my bobbin, I need to 1) use the footpedal on the lowest speed rather than the start/stop switch and 2) not wind the bobbin using the thread through the needle since that mucks up with the bobbin tension. This last bit really ticked me off. This is one of the bonuses I liked when I was looking at purchasing the machine... its DESIGNED to be wound that way... and now they're telling me I shouldn't *use* it that way?!?!

Frustrating!!


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Re: Viking bobbin winding

Postby pamo65 » Sun Oct 31, 2010 6:42 pm

I have had Vikings since the late '90s. I wind both ways. When winding, I use the foot pedal(but if I used the Start button, I would reduce the speed to 1). The important part is that the thread goes thru the metal guide that keeps the thread winding evenly as well as the tensioner. When I have a problem with a particular wound bobbin, I rewind it onto an empty bobbin.
Never ever wind onto a partially filled bobbin.
Yes, you can turn the fill sensor to the right if it overfills. My old Viking had to have a special screw driver. My Viking tech is the greatest. That's why I'm a Viking girl. Service, service, service.
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Re: Viking bobbin winding

Postby happymrs » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:40 am

I wind mine, like the third photo in your diagram shows. Really don't like doing it the other way, seems old, & out of kelter to me, as no other machine I have ever had, said to do it that way. I don't have a problem winding bobbins on my 830 either, so not sure what the real problem is. I also pay attention when I am winding bobbins, so I know what is going on & when it's full. I really like my machine & have no complaints about it. It is a bit nosier than my Janome, but that's okay with me too. I use mine now, mainly on my quilt frame & love it! Still perfecting the tension a tad, but that will come with practice too, I'm sure...
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