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

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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.
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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.
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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.
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    I generally use them up when I can, but I stick them on top of the machine so I can see when they run out easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1 View Post
    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 ????
    I just use it up while piecing. Sometimes though there is so little left on the bobbin, I pull it off. Singer used to sell bobbins that screwed apart so that you could pull the thread off, but they do not make them anymore, I guess. I used to find it very convenient, and sometimes now I wish they still make them!!!

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    I use it for basting. If I need the bobbin I just wind those odd pieces of threads on
    an empty spool. I may have 10 different threads on one spool.

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    I use up all those bobbins when I am doing a crazy quilt or a scrap. I just put in one after the other until they are all used up...since I am using different colors anyway, it doesn't matter. I do the same with my big Gammilll bobbins. I just rewind the residue to my regular bobbins. I do not waste thread, too expensive......

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    I usually use it up - I've learned that exactly matching isn't important any more.

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    You can use the bobbin on the top too. That way you use them up faster and get your empty bobbins back

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    There is no rule that says you have to use top and bottom threads the same color so when piecing just use it up. I don't have that problem.

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    I store my partial bobbins with my thread. That way the next time I use that thread, I've got a bobbin waiting.
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    I agree, use it up!!! I only sew quilts, where no one really sees the thread color anyway. Thread is wayyyy to expensive to waste, and I shudder when I think of tossing it in the trash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I store my partial bobbins with my thread. That way the next time I use that thread, I've got a bobbin waiting.
    This is what I do too! Every spool of thread with the exception of black and white has their own bobbin. I use Bobbin Mates, which are the little blue plastic rods that you stick in the end of your spool of thread to keep your thread and bobbins together. http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=301 I also use the Bobbin Wraps which are little elastic hair ties to keep the bobbins from unwinding. http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?...riteria=bobbin
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    I usually use them up in smaller projects. If it is only a little bit, my kids just LOVE to take off the thread.
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    I, too just use them up in my next pieceing project. Dark thread with dark fabric and light thread with light fabric. I have never had any trouble of guilt doing this
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    I keep many colors for my apparel machine, but for my piecing machine, I only have 7 bobbins so I empty them by using them as top thread. The 301 isn't the easier machine to change the bobbin on, so I tend to not use them there.

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    Since I only have 6 bobbins for my vintage Pfaff, I have to have a system. Black, white, and off-white each has its own bobbin. The other 3 bobbins have to hold everything else, so I use them up on odd projects and even though I have read somewhere that it shouldn't be done, I will sometimes wind a different color thread on top of a bobbin that still has some thread on it.

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    I will use them for piecing, usually darker colors. I will use them for piecing, I don't worry if they really match. If I need a bobbin and I'm using lighter thread than on the bobbin, I will pull it off and throw away. I have lots of threads and don't mind throwing away a few feet every so often.
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