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Thread: How do you store bobbins?

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    How do you keep your bobbins from getting tangled and messy

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    Well I don't know about the messy part - but I put mine in a box that checks came in and one of those plastic craft boxes with the dividers in it with the lid that snaps down. I have used that clear vinyl and wrapped in around thread to keep it from unwinding I wonder it that would work the same on a bobbin? Might have to give it a try.

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    I use the small kind of terry like pony tail holders. I put one around the bobbin and then put the bobbin into a box for storage. You can get the pony tail holders at Wal-Mart. You want the tiny small baby size, they are perfect for any size bobbin. I use them on my large longarm bobbins too.

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    I have a ring that goes around my pin holder that has a groove that they sit in that is great, as well as I also have a hanging board that has little pegs on it as well, this is great as it keeps them up and less likely to be knocked around

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    I use the small pony tail holders and they work great :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter girl
    Well I don't know about the messy part - but I put mine in a box that checks came in and one of those plastic craft boxes with the dividers in it with the lid that snaps down. I have used that clear vinyl and wrapped in around thread to keep it from unwinding I wonder it that would work the same on a bobbin? Might have to give it a try.
    I use the plastic, circular bobbin holders. They work great and I can turn my bobbin so that the end of the thread is facing downward, where it won't move. This keeps me from pulling my hair out and I really like how neat everything is. Plus, if it drops off the table onto the floor, it doesn't pop out and my bobbins don't "run" all over the floor, leaving me with a huge thread tangle to try and straighten out. (I hate that!)

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    The problem I have using the pony tail bands is I can't see the color of the thread on the bobbin. So I make sure I put the same color band as the same color thread. That'a big help. I like the round bobbin holders too. Have you seen this?

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...onut/products/

    I ordered one from Connecting Threads (cheaper) and it's super for applique, handpiecing, or mending, all the colors needed in one place.

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    I have a couple boxes from the fishing tackle department that are flat, snap shut and have lots of moveable dividers inside.
    I put all spools and bobbins of the same thread together in a section, so I don't try to match up threaded bobbins with spools they don't belong to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Lizzy
    How do you keep your bobbins from getting tangled and messy
    I was given a "donut" from a secret santa and LOVE it! You can get them almost anywhere now. I had looked at them, but didn't know if it would work, so did not purchase one. It's the best gift I've ever been given, so much better than the plastic boxes you buy made especially to hold them. The donut is sort of rubbery plastic material and when you snap your bobbin in, it holds it well and I have not had one pop out.

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    I bought a round bobbin holder at my lqs. I also put them on a tread holder that I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b.zang
    I have a couple boxes from the fishing tackle department that are flat, snap shut and have lots of moveable dividers inside.
    I put all spools and bobbins of the same thread together in a section, so I don't try to match up threaded bobbins with spools they don't belong to.
    This is a great tip. I noticed when I was shopping for them that the containers are the same brand/similar style as what they sell in the crafts aisle, and generally less expensive!

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    Mine are in a very small fishing tackle box that has several quite small compartments. Won this at a trade show and since I don't fish it made it's way into the sewing room

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    I keep mine on my thread holder. I can get three on each holder.

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    I use a blue (or purple) rubber ring for bobbins. I got mine at my LQS.

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    i keep my bobbins on my thread holder too but i keep the thread on it as well so they are always together so I dont have to look for the matching bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Have you seen this?

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...onut/products/

    I ordered one from Connecting Threads (cheaper) and it's super for applique, handpiecing, or mending, all the colors needed in one place.
    Wow, now that is wonderful! If I had the extra money I'd order one right away!! I wonder if hubby would take the hint and get it for me for Valentine's Day. Posting a picture of it to cover his computer should be enough of a hint, right?

    I want to get a second doughnut to hold my threads that are not 100% cotton. Besides, I've run out of space so I sort of need another one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Lizzy
    How do you keep your bobbins from getting tangled and messy
    I have several of the round rubber circles that hold the bobbins.........I use one color for my embroidery thread bobbins, another for piecng thread, and another for quilting thread........I really like them.

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    I have a little tray that holds about 25 of them on their sides. When I put them in, I try to make sure the last inch is underneath.

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    Hi Everyone.
    Thanks for all your help. I did go to Connecting Threads and saw the doughnuts and I think I just may invest in a few of them without the thread, they were reasonable . Thanks again

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    If you put a golf tee through the bobbin hole, then you can stick the golf tee into the hole on the spool of matching thread. Keeps matching threads together.

    Might your husband have some golf tees that he wouldn't miss??

    Sue

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    We bought a doughnut made of silicon like the kitchen spatulas and hot pads. The bobbins slide in nice and tight and they can't come unwound. The next time I see them for sale I may buy 3 or 4 more.

    Darren

    Update: OK, I just saw the post by BellaBoo and that is what we have, but there is no way we would pay $36 for that. I'm going to check on ebay.

    http://www.createforless.com/Blue+Fe.../plid4541.aspx

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    The one I posted is full of pre filled Masterpiece Frostings thread and it's on sale at Connecting Threads.

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    i went to the dollar store and bought those cheap multicolor ponytail holders i think you get like a hundred for $1 i put them on my bobbins and my threads

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    I have a couple of the "doughnuts". Certainly didn't pay that much as they are only one color. Wal Mart and Joanns both carry them and I really like mine. The "rubber" holds the bobbins so they aren't rolling around...

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    I like to keep the bobbin with the thread, so I bought several packages of those bobbin holders that fit into the top of the spool of thread, and the bobbin snaps into the holder. However, I also bought several sets of thread from Connecting Threads, and the holes on the spools are too big for the bobbin holders. I don't yet have a way to organize my thread neatly (it's mostly in a drawer), so for now, I take one of those bendy plastic drinking straws, fold it at the bend, and put the folded end down through the hole in the spool of thread; then I put the bobbin on the piece of straw that is sticking up out of the hole. Works for now.

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