Just what is bobbin work and why is this technique called upside down stitchery? Simply put, bobbin work is an embellishment technique created with thick threads and novelty yarns that would never go through the eye of a needle and are not suitable for the thread path and tension mechanism of a sewing machine.
Some Brother machine models include a bobbin work bobbin case and there have been some past models with embroidery style bobbin work designs built-in to the machine. Bobbin work embroidery designs seem to be in short supply these days but there's still a lot you can do with bobbin work on the sewing side of the machine. Below is an image of designs found is past Brother machines such as the Quattro and Dream Machine models.
I recently did a live show tutorial for my friends at Sewing Machines Plus, with an overview of bobbin work, showing various samples I hope will inspire you. You can watch the video below. I've also created a written tutorial to go along with the video. Download the PDF file for more details and information that coordinates with the video.
- Brother has a short, silent video showing how to insert the bobbin case here: Brother has a short, silent video showing how to insert the bobbin case here: https://bit.ly/3zLgEvr
- Check out my It's Sew Easy TV video about bobbin work on the embroidery side of the machine when you click the following link: Machine Embroidered Bobbin Work Pashmina