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Date: 4/10/13 2:06 PM

This is brilliant


Bobbin neatness

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Date: 4/10/13 2:26 PM

i tried that a few months ago, and it didn't work for me. i guess it depends on how full your bobbins are. it did seem to work better on my brother/baby lock bobbins than my pfaff ones too.

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Date: 4/10/13 2:31 PM

That is a great idea......Glad you brought this up because I would like to share a way that I keep my bobbins and thread together. I used to hate having to look for the corresponding color to my thread when I knew I had a bobbin filled somewhere. Making it worse is if I had multiple shades of a color and couldn't quite tell.

I ended up purchasing these at Joann's and they are the best. They are deep enough to hold a standard spool (like Coats and Clark) AND the bobbin either on top or on the bottom. I like to keep the bobbin on the bottom, but I love the fact I can store both the spool and the filled bobbin on one thread spool. It's very convenient and no more guessing!

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Date: 4/10/13 2:34 PM

This was posted a few weeks ago at SewForum and is a PIA.

If you want neat bobbins, just pull the tail tight around the spool at the top or bottom of the spool and it will stay in place until you need to use the bobbin.

I also tried someone' bright idea of using paper reinforcements. Another PIA.

I store my thread upright and if it is a special thread that has a matching bobbin, I place the bobbin on top and insert a golf tee to hold in place. Only works if the spool is upright.


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Date: 4/10/13 2:41 PM

Well she was using on Janome bobbins. I guess you'd have to measure the true area between the bobbins ends to cut it precisely. I think I'll try it. I have Janome, Singer and Bernina bobbins to deal with. A 10 Ft. pak of plastic tubing is only $7.00 at Home depot so worth a try.
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Date: 4/10/13 2:51 PM

i think most of the janome ones are pretty similar in size to the brother ones if i was given the correct info from my local sewing shop. i think the bernina (at least the CB type) might work pretty well since they are even more flat that the brother ones. really, i think the biggest issue is how full your bobbins are. if you have a lot of basically unused/new, fully wound bobbins, they don't stay on so well. if you have about half of a bobbin full, they held well.

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Date: 4/10/13 2:54 PM

i think what i really want is a good way to label bobbins with what color/type of thread is on them. right now i have a box that has just cotton, one for embroidery, one for poly thread. it would be super neat to have a way to label them to determine which particular thread is on there and color (i.e. silk finish vs aurifil - i have pretty much the identical shade of light gray that i use for most of my piecing work).

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Date: 4/10/13 4:04 PM

You can buy a similar item already made up.
Bobbin buddies.
I have some that I got eons ago. They work well enough.

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Date: 4/10/13 11:06 PM

I use the tubing and love it!

I know I had to try a few different thicknesses and diameters of tubing before I was thrilled with the results, tho.

I have a box that I use for wound embroidery bobbins for the EG... and for rest of the threads I have, I use a golf tee to put the appropriate bobbin on top of that spool of thread. Love that, too.

I saw on one blog ... or pinterest or somewhere like that... where one gal used a really cute wood carpenters tool box (repainted cute, IIRC) and then on top of the golf tees she had a fake flower hotglued on... so the end result was a box of threads and flowers - looked very cute.

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Date: 4/11/13 7:25 AM

Hi Lelliebunny,
I'm with you on wanting my bobbins to stay with their mommy spools. ;)

I just stick a Qtip in the spool and can put 1 or 2 bobbins on top of it. I think they are longer than golf tees, but am not sure of the cost of Qtips compared to golf tees.

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