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Posted on: 11/8/06 12:46 PM
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If you're fumble-fingered like me, you have trouble holding the bobbin while hand winding thread such as woolly nylon onto it. Well, here's the solution I found, though it might not be original: while holding a chopstick in your left hand, place the bobbin on the chopstick. Push the bobbin nearly to the end of the chopstick and hold it steady by using your index finger on the left edge of the bobbin to steady it and holding your left thumb against the bobbin to keep it from sliding down the chopstick as you wind. Wind the bobbin with your right hand and you'll find that your thumb and finger don't get in the way of the thread while winding, and it's easier to avoid dropping it. The chopstick does most of the work holding the bobbin, while your fingers and thumb just keep it from falling off the chopstick. If you're left-handed, just reverse the process.

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SouthernStitch said... (11/12/06 11:34 AM) Reply
Not having chopsticks handy, I tried this idea with a reg size sharpened pencil, and it worked great. Both my metal and plasic bobbins fit on the tip. I pushed them on there hard, and they stayed on without any additional fingers needed. Thanks so much for this!
redsquid said... (11/10/06 9:28 AM) Reply
Thanks - the bobbin winder on my '50s Singer gave up recently (and after 50 plus years, who can comlain?) so I wind all thread on this machine by hand now - a chopstick is a great idea!
JDpenelope said... (11/9/06 7:49 AM) Reply
Very clever! Will give it a shot. I actually have a chop stick in my sewing room and wrote a tip on it several years ago. You'd be surprised how handy this tool can be.
vasallese said... (11/9/06 6:31 AM) Reply
Thanks for the info.
Peggym said... (11/9/06 6:28 AM) Reply
Neat idea. Will try it out next time I have to hand wind. Thanks
 
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