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Posted on: 12/7/04 11:09 PM
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My bobbin kept slipping off the pencil or stick i would have it on when hand winding the wooly nylon on to the bobbin. So i took a plastic straw and slipped my empty bobbin on it then took my lighter and ran the fire underneath one end of the straw just to get it soft and then pushed the straw down on the table and let the bobbin drop down the straw towards the table. What happens is the straw kinda spreads out a little and then the bobbin wont drop off while im hand winding the wooly nylon onto it. So when im through winding the nylon on the bobbin i slip it off the other end of the straw that i didnt burn. you can reuse the straw each time. just dont over burn it. your only holding the lighter under the straw to make it soft and plyable. your thread wont get caught on the straw either since its flush with the bobbin after reshaping the straw. I'll try to add a picture later, since im sure im clear as mud.

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Marianne said... (12/22/04 10:27 AM) Reply
I like your inventiveness, Maria! You can also use an inexpensive pen-nib holder (used for drawing in ink with a steel nib). It has a graduated cylindrical shape that keeps the bobbin stable and an easy-to-use length. They're available at art-supply stores.
Maria Hatfield said... (12/9/04 12:12 PM) Reply
Chainsaw, I'm sure it would, but the melted straw sits almost flush with the bottom of the bobbin. That way the thread doesnt catch on the straw or your stick or whatever it is your using.
Chainsaw Mouth said... (12/8/04 9:50 PM) Reply
Won't a golf tee work just as well?
Lou. said... (12/8/04 4:05 PM) Reply
Very cool tip Maria!
SewVeryTall said... (12/8/04 6:11 AM) Reply
Cool tip Maria. I was playing with fire today too, lol, used my lighter to melt the end of clear poly thread after I'd tied it in a knot, so it couldn't slip out (hanging ornaments).
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