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Posted by: Robie Kentspeth
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Posted on: 1/27/04 2:03 AM
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I store my bobbins in the boxes in which AOL sends their free software. The boxes are made of metal and are very shallow, so the bobbins lay in a single layer in the box. I asked my friends to save them and now I have to turn away these boxes! I mark the lid so that I can know which boxes has which colors of thread. I also keep a box just for empty bobbins.

To keep the thread from coming loose from the bobbin, I use a small piece of tape. I tape the thread end to the outside of the bobbin case, then write the number of the thread color on the tape (masking tape works very well for this). Since I only use one brand of thread, I always know which thread spool matches which bobbin. If you use more than one brand of thread, you can figure out a coding system so you'll know which spool is which.

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Josephine said...
Thanks for the great tip, Robie. I never thought to try this but I just did and it works great. My machines use three different types of bobbins and now it will be easy to separate them, and these slim boxes are easy to slip into my overcrowded sewing drawers. Glad you thought of this :-)
1/27/04 4:00 PM
Mary Stiefer said...
What a great idea. We all get those tins from AOL and now we can put them to use.
1/30/04 9:25 AM
sewinggriedermom said...
I don't get AOL tins, but I found that empty prescription medication bottles also are great for storing bobbins. You can label the top with the color if you wish, and the bottles are the perfect diameter so your bobbins don't bounce around. The thread doesn't seem to unwind either.
2/21/04 10:08 PM
Diane Yaghoobian said...
This may have been further on in the hints, but...I have been buying prewound bobbins lately, they can be found very cheap. Some on-line sellers send them in clear plastic tubes of one dozen. They arrive holding 12 bobbins stacked up, and when you use up the bobbins you have a clear, dozen-bobbin holding tube.
3/31/04 9:27 PM
Merry G said...
Nice idea...but I dont get any of those AOL tins... : (
4/2/06 1:11 PM
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