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Watch out for the Sidewinder Pardner

February 1, 2011

No, I am not talking about the venomous, pit-viper, I am referring to the handy bobbin winder that is a happy little addition to my studio space. I have never been thrilled with the way this Pfaff machine winds bobbins (to be fair, I have two other Pfaff’s that wind bobbins superbly). I wanted something where I could just wind a bunch of bobbins at the start of a project, and just have them at the ready. I had been eyeing up the Sidewinder. I told my family that I really wanted one for Christmas. But, like my usual, impetuous self, I bought it while shopping a fabulous Christmas sale at one of my quilt shops in the Louisville area.

The sidewinder is a portable bobbin winder made by Wm. Wright Co. Because the power is 220 volt here in Singapore, I can’t use the power cord that comes with the system unless I use a transformer. But, you can use two AA batteries to power the Sidewinder instead. I used the Sidewinder for the first time last week. I wound 5 bobbins, and I must say that I was impressed with the speed and the smooth flow of the thread onto the bobbin. I found that it did a fantastic job, is easy to operate, and I am really happy that I bought it! Be sure to determine if it will work with the your machine’s bobbins. They list the few machines where the bobbins are incompatible very clearly on the box. I am glad my bobbins work just fine.

Happy Quilting . . .


4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2011 11:18 pm

    I have one of these and I love it, mostly because I hate to stop and wind bobbins in the middle of a project. The portability is a big plus–I’ll wind a dozen bobbins while watching a movie, for instance. And since I’ve already blown out a heating pad and coffee maker in Beijing so far, the battery option is helpful. Watch out for those slithering Sidewinders!

  2. February 2, 2011 4:04 am

    I’m with Ali. I just hate unthreading my machine to wind a bobbin. Like yesterday when I only lacked the short side of the binding on my charity quilt! But I’ve wondered if the bobbin winders work well. Now I think I’ll buy one. Thanks for the endorsement.

  3. March 2, 2011 5:41 pm

    Sounds great. I NEED one.

  4. Sarah Potts permalink
    March 3, 2011 3:32 am

    Is the SideWinder available in Singapore? I’m just here until May, and my Bernette 46 arrived with a broken bobbin winder! I need help! Thanks.


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