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Probably not, because chances are you're a lot more organized than I am!. I've already revealed my lack of a sewing room *sniff* & organization of my fabrics & supplies. I'm trying to remedy the latter, really I am. Getting the supplies organized means I can actually have more time to do what I love, so I'm really working on it!

Since I have no fantastic place to store my bobbins "yet" I've resorted to the a tip I found somewhere online that seems to work in the mean time. Maybe you've already heard about it and will wonder where on earth I've been, thinking this was something people might not know about : ) Then again, maybe not so here it is...

I use toe separators. You know those things you put between your digits while you paint & dry your nails.? Who uses those on their toes? I guess I never could stand the feeling. I do have a few that now hold my bobbins in my sewing box. They really do a great job keeping those bobbins from unwinding.

It works in a pinch : )

Happy sewing...

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Comment by Melinda Sarpal on June 4, 2010 at 2:23pm
Really great tips on here. I really like the one using the rubber tubing :P
Comment by HeyJudee on October 24, 2009 at 11:05am
Birdie, glad to have helped. BTW, I use 1/2" and 5/8" plastic tubing. The smaller tubing works better on bobbins that are less than half full and the larger tubing works for best on bobbins that are more than half full. I bought a 2 foot piece of tubing and it only cost me a little over 50 cents, Really an inexpensive solution.
Thea, I know others use the pony tail holders but I didn't have any hanging around as I have very short hair. LOL So this worked for me.
And I can't take credit for the idea....I saw it in a Fons & Porter Love Quilting magazine...LOL
Comment by Thea McCurry on October 23, 2009 at 4:38pm
I use the pony tail holders too, for a lot of bobbins - they work very well on the clear plastic ones. and I just have them tossed in a plastic container. Sometimes, I use a specialty thread in the bobbin and I want to keep the bobbin and spool together - I put the pony tail holders around both and stick a long chenille (pipe cleaner, fuzzy wire, whatever you call it) through both and twist to keep them together.
When I'm filling a LOT of bobbins for a major project, I use the little tubes with caps that the mini m&ms come in - they are the perfect size for 6 or so bobbins, and they don't tangle in these.
I can't figure out what cookie decoration thingy Laurie is talking about - could you post a pic?
I don't bake, much less decorate, cookies, but I'd still like to know!
Comment by Birdie on October 21, 2009 at 9:18pm
Judee this idea is so cool!!! Right now I have my bobbins in a shoe box sized plastic container. This idea is great! Thanks for sharing the pic!!!
Comment by HeyJudee on October 21, 2009 at 7:32pm
Dawn, that's how I keep my bobbins from unravelling. Here's a pic showing the tubing.

Comment by Warna on October 21, 2009 at 5:18pm
Thanks for the tip Birdie. I have been sewing for a very long time and have never heard this one!!
Comment by Suze on October 21, 2009 at 5:07pm
i use those bobbin boxes too but they still come unravelled. I have resorted to the opaque sticky tape that leaves no residue. i dont bother on the neutrals just the crazy colours. I have about 30 different coloured bobbins wound ready in my sewing room so i can jump right on a project.
Comment by Triciababe on October 21, 2009 at 3:08pm
I read somewhere about making your own sewing thread holder using cut dowel rods--- cut them slightly longer than needed to store your bobbins on top of the same-color thread. Been asking hubby to make me one ever since reading that! Oh wait, guess that doesn't keep them from unraveling (but what a cooool idea)!
Comment by Janet Shipley Hawks on October 21, 2009 at 11:17am
I really like the round bobbin holder that is available nearly everywhere. It's a rubber material that the bobbins fit in and stay in even when it gets turned upside down in a bag. I have one for each machine and have marked the machine name on the side of the holder so I don't have a problem with getting the wrong bobbin in a machine.
Comment by Phylli on October 21, 2009 at 10:03am
Just buy a bobbin box from Joann's. They only a couple of dollars & hold 15-18 bobbins. I have 2, one for regular thread & the other for specialty threads!

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