LEFT-HANDED QUILTING - Sewing Machine Question
BY SPECIAL REQUEST –
Recently I got an email and a REALLY good question from Cheri – regarding sewing machines -
Cherie wrote -
I’m lefthanded and enjoy reading your post.
I have a question about sewing machines that are “lefty friendly”. Have you found any?
I have a 2040 Pfaff purchased in 2001. I love it except for the position of the bobbin holder. For me it’s a contorted effort to get the bobbin holder back into the machine.
I gave her a short answer and asked if she minded if I quoted her and did a “post” to answer her question in more detail. I was/am sure that she and I are not the only ones who have trouble with the bobbin holder in their machine(s).
She then answered back -
I would love it if you would share my question. Maybe someone else has a solution.
I have an clear extension table with the Pfaff and it is not easy to do it by feel. I have tried to use my right hand but could not successfully get the bobbin holder to “click” into place properly. I usually end up removing the table when I need to switch bobbins…
OK Cheri - here goes –
The quick answer is - NO - I haven't found any sewing machines that are "lefty friendly". I keep hoping – maybe someday…
I have three sewing machines - two have the bobbin "under" the bed of the machine - so I know what you are talking about.
It is referred to as a “vertical bobbin”.
My White Jeans Machine 1777 - with my new table and extension table - has the bobbin "under" - and is a ROYAL PAIN to have to change!
It doesn't help to remove the extension table because I can't get to it from the top of the table - the space between the machine and the table is too narrow to get my hand in the correct position - and I can't see what I'm doing anyway - the table is in the way.
(Thanks to my husband - by the way - for taking the pictures for me. ;))
First I have to “open the hatch” to get the bobbin case OUT to replace the bobbin itself
Even then - I have to do it "by feel" and get my finger/fingernail under the little flap "just right" so I can pop it OUT of the slot -
To get it back IN -
I get the bobbin case in the general area –
hold the “flap” with my left index fingernail – like so
with the “prong” just to the right of the “notch” it’s supposed to be “in”
And then – “by feel” –
I use my right index finger to slip it around to the left – and “into” the slot/notch
I repeat – A ROYAL PAIN!!
BUT - my third sewing machine - my Husqvarna Lily 555 - has the bobbin holder on the "top".
It is referred to as a “drop-in bobbin”.
It is flat with the top of the bed of the machine and the little plastic cover just slides off and the bobbin just DROPS IN. Really neat!! I LOVE it!
You still have to remove the quilt or block or whatever, of course, to get to it - but it is SUPER SIMPLE to replace the bobbin. It sure beats having to do contortions to get the bobbin in the holder thingy!! And - it's probably about as "lefty-friendly" as we're going to get!!
So – does anyone else have a solution for Cheri - other than buying a new machine with a "drop-in" bobbin feature??? Let us know what you think - leave us a comment - we would love to hear from you!
Talk to you later – gotta go – gotta sew –