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Posted on: 10/22/04 3:59 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 12 people   
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You can keep your bobbins from losing their thread by clipping on a soft plastic bobbin keeper. There are expensive commercially and I never seem to have enough so I bought a length of plastic aquarium tubing ( 15mm or about 5/8ths" outer diameter) and cut off little rings. Then opened these up on one side, slip around the thread and voila! I actually like these better as they are softer as well as cheaper and don't crush the thread on fuller bobbins.

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vald said... (5/3/10 8:21 PM) Reply
Fantastic idea!!
Janette Blesing said... (8/31/08 9:12 PM) Reply
Great tip, Thanks
Astrostitcher said... (5/16/05 3:12 PM) Reply
Thank you Alice for your nice words! Don't you just love a little home-made gadget that works like a charm ? Happy sewing!
Alice said... (5/15/05 12:11 PM) Reply
When I saw this hint I yelled, BINGO!!Better than sliced bread! I went to Home Depot but they only sold tubing in 10' pieces, Lowes will sell what you need. This is something I've always looked for. a different version, like a button, which was inserted into the hole was sold commercially years ago, now I can make my own, it's great, even better than the old version which must have been a bust since it's no longer made.
OKgirl said... (2/15/05 5:11 PM) Reply
going to Wal-Mart to get some tubing!
bkool said... (12/6/04 8:03 PM) Reply
Virginia and so-so sewer, My mother used to use empty toilet paper tubes to hold machine cords. You could cut down gift wrap tubes, if that has more appeal.-Beth
Astrostitcher said... (11/5/04 1:31 AM) Reply
Hi Virginia, I don't know what type of size or holder such cords come on but you can probably find something in the kitchen or garage you can adapt using the same principle. It just has to squeeze gently around what you want to hold in. Like for serger thread cones I was thinking of trying plastic (clear) cups with the botton cut off and a cut down one side. Should work with some tweaking.
Virginia said... (11/4/04 11:16 AM) Reply
Do they have any larger for our sewing machine cords?
Hilary said... (10/31/04 6:55 AM) Reply
great idea, who knew the fish store my boys love would also yield sewing notions :D they'll be thrilled for me-LOL! Thanks for the great tip!
Karla Kizer said... (10/31/04 6:54 AM) Reply
Wow - so simple and inexpensive. I don't have any tubing lying around, but I have to go to the pet store today. Glad I read this before I went!
KitnRose said... (10/29/04 10:26 AM) Reply
What a great idea!
LiZ said... (10/23/04 10:26 PM) Reply
I seen the price of the commercial ones and made myself some of these some years ago as I can't stand untidy threads.
Maria Hatfield said... (10/23/04 4:24 PM) Reply
great, great tip ! thanks
Norma Hyman said... (10/23/04 10:04 AM) Reply
WOW! And I have all kinds of aquarium tubing lying around in my way -- why can't I think of these ingenious ideas??
candyo said... (10/23/04 0:44 AM) Reply
Cool! Gotta try it!
Mary Stiefer said... (10/22/04 1:30 PM) Reply
What a Great Idea!!!!!!!! Thanks for the review - we all need this one.
cindyann said... (10/22/04 8:18 AM) Reply
Great idea! Those loose threads drive me nuts.
Sew it seams said... (10/22/04 7:43 AM) Reply
That sounds like a great idea.
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