Bobbin Thread

Every sewing machine needs four components to work properly: needle, fabric, top thread, and bobbin thread. A bobbin thread is wound onto a bobbin, whether it is self wound or prewound, and fits beneath the needle plate in a bobbin case. The use of a high-quality bobbin thread will help create better stitches and in turn, help you have a more enjoyable experience as you sew or quilt.

A quality bobbin thread won't have a lot of lint. It is troublesome to sew with linty threads because the lint buildup can cause problems during stitch formation and clog the feed dogs, bobbin hook, and sensors. At Superior Threads, we focus on providing high-quality threads in many fiber types.

Super Bobs Cotton bobbin thread
Super Bobs Cotton bobbin thread
Drop in bobbin case
Bobbin cases are where bobbins are inserted

The three main types of bobbin thread used by sewists and quilters are:

  • Cotton Thread
    Quilter's love cotton threads and it's the most popular bobbin thread used in home sewing machines. Most quilters like to have consistency with their fibers and use a cotton thread on top, cotton fabric, and a cotton bobbin thread. We recommend the use of a quality cotton bobbin thread, such as MasterPiece Egyptian-grown extra-long staple cotton thread if you want to wind your own bobbins. We like prewound bobbins because of their convenience and the fact that there is more thread wound on a professional prewound bobbin than a self-wound bobbin. MasterPiece cotton thread is available as Super Bobs Cotton prewound bobbins.
  • Spun Polyester
    Spun polyester thread is cheap to produce and has a wide range of quality. As a bobbin thread, using spun polyester is ok for general sewing and crafting, but it is a linty thread. The inexpensive bobbin thread sets you can buy at chain stores are typically wound with spun polyester thread.
  • Filament Polyester
    Filament polyester thread has a shiny appearance and is lint free. It is a fantastic bobbin thread for quilting and embroidery. Filament polyester threads are smooth and have a soft feel. You can have tight, dense stitches and by using a filament polyester bobbin thread, the risk of buildup is limited. The Bottom Line is our most popular filament thread that quilters and sewists love to wind their own bobbins with. Because it is a fine bobbin thread, you can wind a lot of yardage onto a bobbin. This means you will be able to spend more time at your machine without interrupting your project to stop and wind a bobbin.

You need a bobbin thread in order to sew, quilt, or embroider. We recommend pairing the right type of bobbin thread based on the specific application. If you want to spend more time stitching and less time winding bobbins, prewound bobbins are convenient and when wound with high-quality bobbin threads like MasterPiece or Bottom Line, will provide superior stitchability. If you prefer to wind your own bobbins, also use a high-quality bobbin thread and you will find that your machine stays cleaner and your stitches will look better.

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