A suturing instrument for surgical operations having a needle holder with a needle and a shuttle holder with a shuttle is provided with an arrangement for controlling the amount of suturing thread drawn out of a bobbin loaded with the thread. The device includes a grooved flange on the bobbin and a spring-biased braking lever turnable in a housing of the instrument and engageable with a respective groove of the flange to maintain the optimum amount of the thread supplied from the bobbin to the needle and the shuttle and to form up the constant stitches during operation.
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