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Thread: How do you store used spools and bobbins?

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    I have just finished quilting a lap quilt, and I have some bobbin thread that is special, and I want to keep it with the spool, so when I use that thread again, I will find the 2 together. How do any of you store bobbins with spools? There has to be an easy way, but I just haven't been able to figure out anything.
    Thanks for any advice or input you can share with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartan quilter
    I have just finished quilting a lap quilt, and I have some bobbin thread that is special, and I want to keep it with the spool, so when I use that thread again, I will find the 2 together. How do any of you store bobbins with spools? There has to be an easy way, but I just haven't been able to figure out anything.
    Thanks for any advice or input you can share with me.
    There's a thing you can buy that you stick into the spool, and then you stick your bobbin into it. Or you could put both into a ziplock baggie. Or tie the two together with yarn or an elastic?

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    I saw someone that put a golf tee thru the bobbin and into the spool. Love this as I live in a house full of GOLFERS! lolol

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    I use golf-tees to keep bobbins with spools. Actually, a friend of mine is a product demo specialist for various golf companies, and he wants to get market 'Bobbin-Tees' to golfer's wives, through my shop!

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    I raid my gardening supplies, I have a roll of light weight wire covered with green paper (looks, and feels like the twist ties you get on bread) cut off a pirce thread it through bobbin and spool swist ends and store in thread drawer! Works for Me! LOL

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    I use a Q-tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi
    I saw someone that put a golf tee thru the bobbin and into the spool. Love this as I live in a house full of GOLFERS! lolol
    That's exactly what I use! I color coordinate as much as possible - wish they came in more colors.

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    i don't store mine together. i don't have that many bobbins that are special because i use prewounds a lot

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    I store my bobbins in bobbin holders. My favorite is straight wood with a metal insert. It holds at least 10 bobbins.

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    How do any of you store bobbins with spools? There has to be an easy way, but I just haven't been able to figure out anything.


    The easiest andn cheapest method I know is to put a Q-tip in the spool hole and add the bobbin over the Q-tip.

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    I got a bunch of 3X4 zip lock baggies at the dollar store. I put the thread and bobbin (if there is one) in the baggie. Then I throw it in a tub. I have 3 plastic tubs, neutrals, hots & cools. I probably have over 100 spools stored this way and I don't have a problem finding what I want. Keeps the thread clean, untangled and out of the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy
    How do any of you store bobbins with spools? There has to be an easy way, but I just haven't been able to figure out anything.


    The easiest andn cheapest method I know is to put a Q-tip in the spool hole and add the bobbin over the Q-tip.
    Good Idea!

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    Don't have enough bobbins to keep like that. I use up the bobbins on the next piecing project if I can.

    Just bought a nifty parts container at Harbor Freight to keep my different machine bobbins in. Cheap too!

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    pipe cleaners

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    In the recycle bag.

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    Some of these ideas are GREAT.

    I used my DD (when she was little I learned this) soft hair ties. You know the cloth covered rubber bands. I put it around the bobbin and the spool of thread. Keeps them together and pinches the bobbin thread so it doesn't come unwound. I put the spool on a wooden spool rack there is usually a enough clearance between the spools.

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    Oh, I have been pondering this topic myself! What a lot of great ideas!!!! I have been tossing bobbin and spool into a tupperware container since they were just all over the place... I am going to try all these ideas out! Thanks a big bunch!

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    I just use a rubber band and loop it around the bobbin and then loop it around the spool. I store them in a plastic cases by color of the thread.

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    I now buy prewound bobbins and use Bottom Line so it doesn't matter whether the bobbin matches
    Back in the days when I did match bobbin to top thread, like It'sJustMe, I used a pipe cleaner.

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    Just a quick THANK YOU to all that gave me ideas to use. What a great bunch of people on this board. I will be trying several of these suggestions. THANKS AGAIN.

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