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Posted by: Mary Stiefer

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Posted on: 6/8/08 6:48 PM
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This all occurred because I got frustrated when I looked for a bobbin and found that the threads were all tangled. I know they sell Bobbin Buddies (12 for about $6.50) but we had some plastic tubing 3/8" diameter and I gave this a try. Cut the plastic tubing in about 1/4" circles, use your scissors to open up the tubing and VOILA - Homemade Bobbin Buddies.

You can see from the picture that the more thread there is on the bobbin the more open that piece of tubing is but it still encloses the bobbin thread. I think using 1/2" in diameter tubing would probably be the best. Twelve inches of this tubing costs about 25 cents. Lots of bang for the buck here.

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Schaz said... (6/29/12 10:20 PM) Reply
Brilliant! I needed more bobbin buddies for a macrame project, and my web search found this instead. Great solution, thanks!
BRIGIDHS said... (12/13/11 1:02 PM) Reply
What a great idea! Thank you!
StitchinSylvia said... (1/14/11 11:25 AM) Reply
Necessity, IS the mother of invention. Bravo!
Nonette said... (9/2/09 5:10 PM) Reply
very great idea. I am off to the hardware store.
sondriecohe said... (3/14/09 12:57 PM) Reply
Great tip, thanks for sharing.
sewtime said... (12/15/08 2:12 PM) Reply
Wow, great tip, thank you!
blessed quilter said... (8/21/08 11:57 PM) Reply
Where do you find this tubing? Thanks.
Sherril Miller said... (6/30/08 9:38 PM) Reply
How clever is this? Thanks for sharing.
SewTwin said... (6/24/08 5:55 PM) Reply
OMG Tip!I will def be using this soon, as I don't take my "whole" bobbin holder to class, and off on the floor they go! Why didn't this hit me? You could patent this, and sell to Clothilde, or Nancy's Notions??
Karla Kizer said... (6/19/08 7:13 AM) Reply
What a great idea, Mary. Thanks.
Susan M said... (6/18/08 12:25 PM) Reply
I just bought a package of bobbin buddies. I will use your tip for the rest of my bobbins.
said... (6/17/08 6:42 PM) Reply
What a great idea!
bestgrammy said... (6/15/08 12:11 PM) Reply
LOVE this! Going to try this today!
snapdragonfly said... (6/12/08 12:06 PM) Reply
I LOVE this tip, Mary.Thank you, I am off to the hardware store right now...
petro said... (6/9/08 3:33 AM) Reply
great tip!
Peacock Chic said... (6/9/08 2:49 AM) Reply
great idea!~
Miss Fairchild said... (6/8/08 7:38 PM) Reply
You are sooo clever! I was thinking of buying the real things but found them too expensive...Now I have a better way, thanks to you!
Cloud9 said... (6/8/08 7:04 PM) Reply
Hi Mary, You are so smart and clever and so thrifty. I can't wait to give it a try. I used to use that tubing in the dental office so why didn't I think of that?
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