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I found this excellent sewing tip and had to share it with you!  

Try cutting pieces of 7⁄8-inch transparent plastic tubing just wide enough to fit over your bobbin thread, but in between the bobbin casing sides.  You can get tubing (clear plastic hose) at the building supply or hardware stores. The tubing is inexpensive, is available by the foot or in 6-foot lengths which can be cut easily with scissors or a craft knife.  Cut a slit for a flexible opening on each piece and wrap it around each of your bobbins to hold the thread securely in place.  

I just recently had to clean up my bobbin-box disaster and wish I had seen this tip at the time!


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Comment by beeash on March 6, 2012 at 2:33pm

Great idea . Love to have the rack.

Comment by Rose Shoafstall Young on February 12, 2012 at 9:41am

MUST HAVE one of these!  Thanks for the great idea.

Comment by Valerie Carroll on January 26, 2012 at 2:11pm

Both ideas are great.  Thanks so much for sharing. 

Comment by Dona Reynolds on January 24, 2012 at 9:31am

Excellent idea.  Must get my husband to make one!

Comment by judi pinkham on January 20, 2012 at 10:43pm

This is a wonderful sewing community...I've learned a lot and I've only known about it for a few days.

Even though I have been sewing for 46 years, I did not come up with the idea of having a sewing community, video taping tutorials, having 'groups' or a place for sewers to blog.  I can't imagine all the time and effort that Susan, Colleen and others have put into this community to make it so special!!!

And it's provided to us free of charge complain about the format or having to "click" to find the main idea of the day???  Wow.


Comment by Elaine on January 19, 2012 at 6:09pm

I have used the tubing trick for years, it really does work.  The only thing I do differently is mark the cut edge wiith a permanent marker so that you can easily see it and also that you don't wind your thread on top of it like I did once LOL! 

Comment by Lisa Wallace on January 19, 2012 at 3:47pm
Instead of the nails you could adjust the shelf height to accommodate the golf tee idea to hold the bobbin to the top of the spool of thread. That would allow for a door on the unit.
Comment by Beverly Reeves on January 19, 2012 at 11:12am

I keep my thread in drawers and to keep the bobbin & thread together I cut a chenille stick in half, fold it in half and slide the bobbin on.  Then insert both ends into the h*** at the top of the spool.  Does not look as neat as the wall mounted, but keeps them together. 

Comment by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez on January 19, 2012 at 10:45am

I love the thread and bobbin holder.  What a great, great idea.  

Comment by Brenda J. Moore on January 19, 2012 at 10:09am

Ive got my bobbins in the plastic boxes which are sold...keeps bobbins from getting lost, not threads from going spastic!  I'm going to get some of the tubing. Should be great for the decorative threads that wont roll easily.  THANKS.

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