bob·​bin | \ ˈbä-bən How to pronounce bobbin (audio) \

Definition of bobbin

1a : a cylinder or spindle on which yarn or thread is wound (as in a sewing machine)
b : any of various small round devices on which threads are wound for working handmade lace
c : a coil of insulated wire also : the reel it is wound on
2 : a cotton cord formerly used by dressmakers for piping

Examples of bobbin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thread the bobbin, following the sewing-machine instructions. Faith Bottum, WSJ, 5 May 2022 For something more traditional, try the classic look of bobbin chairs and a settee. Katie Laughridge Tribune News Service, Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 This iconic piece of furniture was named after the Swedish singer, who was said to have slept exclusively on beds with bobbin turnings while on tour. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 7 May 2021 Helen’s crib has bobbin turnings on the legs inspired by Erin’s childhood bed, a Jenny Lind. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 6 May 2021 The super-sharp scissors and easy-revolving bobbin in this kit will help beginners advance to the next level with ease. Outdoor Life, 21 Jan. 2021 The streamlined functions are great for a beginner learning the rhythm of using a sewing machine, and the thread is easy to change, thanks to a design where the bobbin drops in from the top. Popular Science, 21 Oct. 2020 Many are total newbies who don’t know the difference between a bobbin winder and a stitch width dial. Richard Marini,, 10 July 2020 There’s a guy, a highly polished machine, a bench crowded with small tools, bobbins, gears, and lubricants. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, 12 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bobbin

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bobbin

origin unknown

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13 May 2022

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“Bobbin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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