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    bobbin thread storage question

    Can you all share how you store or organize the different groups of different types of bobbin thread.
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    My Bernina came with a case to store my bobbins but I usually put them in a little metal case by my machine. I used the method to keep them neat that was posted about a while back. You buy clear 3/4 inch hose and cut little sections off with an exacto knife and then cut a slit through 1 side. The little ring slips over the thread and has an added bonus for me. I use a sharpie to write what kind of thread is on the bobbin. I don't know if you can see it in the picture but the blue has Aurifil written on it.
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    Nice idea! Might have to try that. I put the small pony tail holder on mine to keep the thread from coming off.
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    Another handy strategy ... use the toe dividers from pedicures.
    You can write on the foam any details you want to track with the thread.

    I also have small ziplocks, just big enough for a spool of thread and bobbins, so that I can keep the matching thread/bobbins together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Country1 View Post
    Nice idea! Might have to try that. I put the small pony tail holder on mine to keep the thread from coming off.
    Same here. And I color code them to the matching spool.

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    I use those little elastic braid bands. Work perfectly and a package costs about a buck.

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    After cutting the hanging thread all the way back to the wound thread I place my bobbins into multi-sectioned small containers. I can put a few into each section....they don't move around and unwind.

    I really like the idea of clear tubing as described above but haven't done it for a two reasons. No time (even though I'm sure it won't take long)....and besides - I'm not looking in my bobbins a long time that unwound thread would bother me and make me want to do it. Did that make sense?

    On bobbins I already have wound up - I try to use them up when sew I'm sewing areas that won't show on the finished project. That way the bobbin container is kept to a manageable minimum.

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    I use plastic ice cube trays and write the thread info on the edge of each section. when I use a bobbin up the ink wipes off so another type can be filled into the empty spot if needed.
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    I use pony tails too cheap $1.00 for 200. Then I share some with friends.

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    I use section fishing tackle boxes--small-4 x 6? I cut a dowel to fit into the channel and then string my bobbins on the dowel and nest it in the channel. I, too, use up leftover thread by sewing where the thread won't show.

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    I currently use the pony tail holders but I'm going to switch to the clear poly tubing. We use the tubing in our business and we always have off-cuts that would otherwise just be tossed. I asked my husband a while back to bring some home ... I guess we both forgot about that request.

    I keep my thread in a clear poly sectioned tackle box (made in the US too!). I have several boxes that stack and I have labels on the outside of the boxes stating the contents (two boxes of 50wt Aurifil). If/when I have a bobbin with thread still on it I pop into the same section as the thread.
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    I love the plastic tubing idea. This board has taught me something that has helped with the bobbin overload problem, use them up when piecing. I realized I have bobbins from things I did years and years ago. I know I will never match that bobbin to the right thread to make something again in that color, so I have been using them up. That said, I do keep my embroidery bobbins separate and extras wound, so the plastic tube would be very useful there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    My Bernina came with a case to store my bobbins but I usually put them in a little metal case by my machine. I used the method to keep them neat that was posted about a while back. You buy clear 3/4 inch hose and cut little sections off with an exacto knife and then cut a slit through 1 side. The little ring slips over the thread and has an added bonus for me. I use a sharpie to write what kind of thread is on the bobbin. I don't know if you can see it in the picture but the blue has Aurifil written on it.
    What an excellent idea....I'll have to check your earlier post to see particulars about the hose....

    Thanks so much....this is a really helpful hint.
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    I have bobbin cases that I've had for years. I have the greens in one case, reds in another and so on. I also have a case for the heavy duty. Also the number on the spool of thread is matched with the same number on the bobbin. I use the little round adhesive tabs you see on yard sale items. They're cheap and you can get them anywhere in different colors. The small snack size Ziploc bags work well also. They're big enough to hold a couple spools of thread and bobbin spools. Also great for traveling.

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    If you use Fluticasone, or any other brand of allergy nasal spray, they have these neat little rings on the tops to keep it from de-compressing in your purse...yep...they fit perfectly around my bobbins! I love cost free re-purposing!

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    I have a different bobbin box for each machine's bobbins. I buy the boxes at Wal-Mart. It is easy to store the many different bobbins I have..I mark the top of the box with each machine name so I can go right to the bobbin I am looking for...

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    I keep bobbins, filled and unfilled, in clear plastic containers that medicine (pills) come in. The bobbins stack one on top of the other in the bottle and I can see at a glance what I have. I don't bother to secure the threads; somehow they don't seem to tangle. The only drawback is that this method doesn't allow for keeping spool and bobbin together, unless you have a large container.

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    I have clear containers for all my thread due to the dust, ( got some a WM and last two at connecting threads) and keep all bobbins with the thread, they fit, then when I want to sew something with a color, if I have a bobbin it is all ready to use, do lots of sewing that is not quilting.

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    I guess I'm a little different here.

    I have 3 different sewing machines rendering 3 different bobbins. I can never remember which thread I loaded which bobbin. So, I store the bobbin with the thread, using little plastic zip lock bags:

    http://www.joann.com/self-sealing-tr...g/xprd1002427/

    Sound crazy? Maybe it is! But it works for me. I also recently just purchased a double sided thread box that is big enough to put the bobbins with them, and this works well, too.

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    I like to keep mine in old pill bottles I have from my meds. I prewind my bobbins so i just have to change it out when i am sewing and not have to wind each time. I then mark the bottle with the color inside. the top can be marked to with the color if you stand them up in a drawer. i have the plastic cabinet that fits under the desk so it is right by my machine.Two drawers for the thread and the top drawer for the bobbins. I have a small box in the drawer too to throw the emptys in to wind for my next project. one bottle holds about 6 bobbins.

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    I have a couple of the clear plastic bobbin boxes, plus I took a piece of wood that was made for a base to set a trinket on. I drilled holes in the wood, and inserted wood dowels. It was large enough for 12, I like to fill two or three bobbins with the same color thread at one time. I can stack three bobbins on each dowel.

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    I heard about these bobbin boxes and found them at Amazon. I tried them and absolutely love them. The bobbins do not unravel at all and they fit snuggly in the foam and stay put. I have lots of them and label them according to what kind of thread is in each one. I replaced all of the bobbin boxes for all of my machines with these.

    http://www.amazon.com/Set-2-Bobbin-B...s=bobbin+boxes
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    I found, after buy other tubes to put my bobbins to take to my class, something that you can buy and enjoy then Use the tubes after you eat the Mimi M&M you can use the container for about a dozen Bobbins. I use a lot of white or off white for my quilting, so I keep a lot pre wound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post

    I also have small ziplocks, just big enough for a spool of thread and bobbins, so that I can keep the matching thread/bobbins together.
    That's what I finally started doing.
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    I keep thread spools on those hanging, wooden spool racks (Joann's or Fons/Porter). The pegs on the rack are short so I bought some of those long toothpick/skewers that are about 4 inches long at the grocery. When I put the thread spool on the peg, I insert a skewer and then I can add the bobbin(s) to the top of the thread spool, keeping them all together.

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