One thing I did get was Dreamlit shuttles. Lisa from Tatting Corner was our vendor again and she brought a lot of them for sale. I really like Lisa. She is just so helpful. By the way, she was being assisted by Kaye Judt. I had never met her before, but, well,she is a wonderful lady to talk to. I did get her new (signed) book. I bought one of each color shuttle (5 colors) and a matching set of bobbins for each.
Back to the shuttles, lets take a look. I had tried one while there and it feels good and has a good weight. Not heavy, not light, just right. In the photo you can see it pulls apart into 2 pieces with an oval bobbin. The pins either side of the magnets slide into each other snugly. The magnets are quite strong, but do not require Samson to separate them. This shuttle is very stable and solid. Please notice that on the bobbin is a small round indent in the top left corner.
I ask you to notice the indent because I decided to use it. Most of the bobbins I use have a small hole that I pass a thread end through to hold with a finger until I get the thread wound on it a bit. This new bobbin does not have a hole, but the indent looked like it would punch out. I used a needle on it and sure enough, it went through very easily. This would be a good place to do this because the plastic is a bit thinner here. On the inside, the plastic was sticking up so I used a utility knife and cleaned it up. Now I could pass the thread through to hold it. I roughly measured the thread I was winding on it to add to my thread chart. This thread is King Tut. I will do the other sizes later.
I found couple things about winding it.
- It will not work with my Side Winder. The hole in the center is bigger than a standard bobbin's hole.
- The holder for the bobbin will trap the thread you passed through the hole so you do not need to hold it with your finger.
- As you fill the bobbin, watch that the thread does not try to go between the bobbin and the holder.
- If you find the thread twisting as you wind, usually you have to put the bobbin in shuttle to let it hang and unwind. With this, you can slip the thread between the bobbin and holder and let it hang. Even with thread as thin as King Tut, the holder was tight enough not to let the bobbin unwind if you do this.