Small Things – Big Problems

Sometimes it is the smallest things that cause us the biggest problems. A perfect example of this is your Bobbin Case. Many times we hear that someone is experiencing serious issues with stitch outs and after troubleshooting – it’s lint in the bobbin case! This can be extremely frustrating after hours of struggle, trial and error, damaged materials . . . you know . . . I’m sure you’ve been there.

First, let’s be sure that your Bobbin and Bobbin Case are being loaded and inserted properly:














A Bobbin Case costs just $12 –

I actually have 4 Bobbin Cases for my Happy HCD2 15 Needle Embroidery Machine.

#1 – Regular Stitching Case – Used for just that – Regular Embroidery Stitching – the kind I do the most.

#2- Metal Bobbin Case – This one has the Anti-BackLash Spring inside it –    This spring, as explained in the video below, is used when I wind my own bobbins with thread to match the top thread. Since you don’t want this Spring installed if you are not using the Metal Bobbins, I decided to just leave it in the Bobbin Case and swap out Bobbin Cases when I use the Metal Bobbins. I was also afraid I would lose this little Spring and not have it when I needed it – safest place to keep it? – in a Bobbin Case! The Happy Machines do not come with these Metal Bobbins as most of our customers use Pre-Wound Bobbins. If you would like to wind your own Bobbins, you can purchase the Metal Bobbins and the Anti-Backlash Spring at



#3 – Quilting Case – This is the Bobbin Case I use when I am Quilting my Quilt Sandwich (Pieced Top/Batting/Backing). When I am Quilting, I need the Tension on the Bobbin Case to be set much looser than the Tension when I am stitching regular embroidery designs. With Quilting, I want the Top and Bobbin Thread to “meet in the middle”. I don’t want to see Bobbin Thread on the Top or Top Thread on the Bottom. I also don’t want to be constantly loosening and re-tightening the screw on my Bobbin Case so I just bought a 3rd Bobbin Case that is set and dedicated to Quilting. I put this Case in a small plastic zip bag with a piece of Quilt Batting in it so I know that it is my Quilting Bobbin Case. I have painted a stripe of nail polish across it as well, as a identifier, that this is not my Regular Bobbin Case – but that will wear off in time. For safety and to avoid confusion, I take that case out, use it and put it straight back in the little bag with the Batting when I finish Quilting. Because I don’t like having to “mess” with my Tension Dials, I have dedicated Needle 1 on my machine to Quilting. The Tension Dials for this Quilting Needle are set very, very tight, allowing them to pull the loosened Bobbin Thread towards the Top, allowing them to meet in the middle for a beautiful Quilting Stitch on my Quilts.


#4 – Emergency Case – Just like the Spare Tire in my car for emergency, unexpected Flat Tires, this is  my “Spare” Bobbin Case – the Tension on this case is set the same as the Tension on my “Regular Stitching Case”, the kind of stitching I do the most. If I have a problem with my Regular Case – like drop it and step on it, kinda flattening it out on one side (don’t ask) – I don’t have to mess with one of my “Specialty” cases, I just pull out my Spare and keep right on stitching! You know, you don’t have to step on it to get it “out of round”, just dropping it can cause that (Don’t Ask!)

4 Bobbin Cases!? Sound like “overkill”?

Well, look at it this way, if you have a needle problem you can simply move the thread to a different needle and keep right on stitching. But, if the problem is the Bobbin Case, what are you gonna do? All the needles use that one Bobbin Case!

Get a spare! I hope you never have to thank me!! 🙂

As I said at the beginning, believe it or not, just a little bit of fuzz or thread under the Tension Flap on the Bobbin Case could be the entire cause of your current Stitchout Nightmare! (DON’T ASK – REALLY – DON’T ASK!)

This video is one of our Education Manager, Rene Rosales, videos on YouTube. This is one of the setup videos for our HCD2 15 Needle machine – about halfway through this video, Rene shows up close inserting the bobbin in the bobbin case and re-loading it into the machine:

Below is a video on Inserting and Cleaning your Bobbin Case by Bill Garvin:


2 thoughts on “Small Things – Big Problems

  1. Susan. Thanks for this great information. I did purchase an extra bobbin case to have on hand. And I have loosened the tension on my case which seems to be helping the curly “O” situation. Thanks again. And have a great day ! I’ll store this email for reference.


    Sent from my iPad



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