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long bobbins for treadle machines
how do you organize or store them
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Date: 1/30/13 7:09 PM

I am obsessive about storing my other bobbins in organizers and now that I have the vibrating shuttle singer 127 with the long bobbin I am clueless how to store them orderly and untangled. I have googled but am coming up with nothing. Was any antique holder made for these or is this a pipe dream? How do those of you with the long bobbins store them? I have about 25 now and it's getting messy letting them roll around in the cabinet drawers.

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Date: 1/30/13 7:38 PM

I have a "puzzle" box that holds attachments for my VS machine, and it appears from the manual that there is a piece in it that holds the long bobbins. I only have the one bobbin that came with the machine, and so far the machine is still non-operational so it's not a problem for me yet. This thingie in the box is what holds the bobbins:



You can get the boxes on eBay, I've seen some for pretty reasonable prices, just try to see if you can verify that this part is in the box.

eta: I see now that you have 25 bobbins, so a puzzle box may not help. You could, uh, send some to me if you have too many!
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Date: 1/30/13 8:35 PM

I do not tend to extreme organization, so I just store mine in a jumble in the drawer. But if you wish to raise the bar esthetically, you could drill holes in a piece of wood which are just slightly larger in diameter than the bobbins, and slightly shorter. One of my cabinets has a row of such holes.

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Date: 1/30/13 9:42 PM

I'm wondering if the piece in the puzzle box could be copied out somehow and made to hold more. Hold on to that bobbin until you get another so that you know it is the right one. The vintage ones that came today seem a shade longer than what came with the machine but that might not be a problem just don't know yet and the newer issues I bought I think the ends need some grinding off to fit the bobbin winder. I have 3 that were with the machine's attachments and I feel fairly sure they are a good fit. I haven't opened up the machine yet to check the ones that arrived today to see if they fit in the bobbin winder as they should(the problem with the new ones). Some one said the singer long bobbins were all the same but don't know if this is correct. I was also told the vintage bobbins worked better. I don't have enough experience with these bobbins to really know.

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Date: 1/30/13 9:51 PM

I read that there have been newer ones made that are slightly longer than the originals, and there's some workaround to get them to wind correctly, but I don't remember the details...

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Date: 1/30/13 9:57 PM

I like that idea. Dh might drill holes in a piece of wood that could go in one of the drawers to hold them.That should work well so I could see what color is on them. You know people say these don't hold that much thread but the old ones I unwound had a lot on them and I thought the one I wound stitched a fairly long time. I guess people back then just wound on top of whatever was on top of what was left on their one bobbin. All the older vintage bobbins I've cleaned off had tons of thread colors on top of each other. I was really hoping there was an antique accessory for holding these things kind of like today's bobbin boxes but drilling out a board sounds easy and cheap enough to organize them. Thanks.

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Date: 1/30/13 10:16 PM

I think the end points are what's wrong with the new ones. My reproduction ones don't sit in the clamp thing right. Someone I think on here said they used a dremel tool and that let them sit right in the bobbin winder but I haven't tried that yet. The vintage ones I bought that are just a hair longer I haven't tested to see how they do. I am working on the bookkeeping and doing tax chores so best not start playing on the treadle and lose focus. Lol! I'd really prefer to procrastinate so I don't sew or do anything fun until I finish.

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Date: 2/1/13 10:46 AM

TreadleOn examples
Scroll to the bottom of the page.
This is a contemporary version of the original storage holders. They were usually built into the cabinet drawers. A picture is worth a 1000 words.

HTH
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Date: 2/2/13 6:58 PM

Thanks so very much. Dh won't do tedious things but has agreed to do me a block to store the bullet bobbins. I am very pleased with such a simple solution. I need to get on that site- love love seeing those old machines and reading about them.

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