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Thread: What do you do when you have a lot of bobbins with bits of thread?

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    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
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    What do you do when you have a lot of bobbins with bits of thread?

    I have just finished several projects and have a bunch of bobbins that are about 1/4 full. Too much to pull off and too little to save. I was thinking of using the bobbins up when I piece a project that has similar color fabric.

    Do you pull it off the bobbin or ????
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    This seems to be a universal problem. I usually use up the odd bits when I am piecing trying to use a colour that is close to what I am sewing. If I can "see" the bobbin through what is left I usually pull it off and re-wind.

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    I try to use it up when piecing something, but pull it off if I need a bobbin. Of course, buying more bobbins solved that problem -- lol.

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    I use them for machine basting around the edges of quilts that will be covered by binding. Or use them on scrappy quilt piecing.

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    I use up my bobbins when I am working on my Spiderweb scrap quilt. Since I am using all different coloured scraps, the thread colour really doesn't matter.

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    I try to use it with a similar color. If I need a bobbin and I can see the plastic through what's left on the bobbin, then I pull it off.
    Heather

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    Usually it's colored thread that is left on my not used up bobbins. I pull it off and stick in a ziploc bag. When the mood strikes to be crafty, I layer the thread between water solvable web and sew it all together. Then I cut shapes out of it. Great for decorating totes and other projects.
    Last edited by BellaBoo; 11-03-2012 at 12:59 PM.
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    I close my eyes and throw them away -usually!

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    If I am doing something where color doesn't matter, I always try to use a low bobbin to get it to empty off.

    However, if I need a free bobbin, I do just pull it off. Here I try to pick a bobbin that is a)very low and b)very cheap. I have a low bobbin with expensive silk thread on it, I won't pull that off!

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    When you have lots of thread bits, it's time to make a scrap quilt and use them up! The many colours will work out just fine and you'll be left with empty bobbins.
    Shelbie from the High County in Southern Ontario

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