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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 Janet Buechner on January 19, 2012 at 10:06am

For dust/light protection, why not a curtain of some type over the front of it?   Thanks for the tip

Comment by alicia enriquez kopecky on January 19, 2012 at 8:54am
Great tip!!!
Comment by Mary Linda Malley on January 19, 2012 at 8:16am
Nice idea, but I second the idea that it needs something to protect the thread from dust, light etc. I was reading on a thread company sight and they suggested that thread should not be exposed to heating and air conditioning,dust and should be kept in a dark place. They suggested a drawer in a cabinet. I don't know about anyone else, but since I do alterations, I have so many spools in so many colors,I still haven't found a good solution. I bought a small set of plastic drawers, but it doesn't even hold them all.
Comment by Susan on January 19, 2012 at 7:48am

Linda you make a very good point. Dust does cause thread to weaken and "rot"!  

Thanks for pointing that out to anyone who might not have known!     

Comment by Susan on January 19, 2012 at 7:39am

You could probably use either as long as the tubing is flexible and depending on your bobbin size(s).  Use your own best judgement as not all bobbins are the same size.  One of my industrial machines employs a rather large bobbin that would require a 1.25-1.5 inch tubing.  Always consider the free content SWN provides a guideline :)   The linking out is not within our control as we do not plagiarize and have always enjoyed showcasing other online resources for sewing.  If you don't have time to click on the source you can always come back when it is convenient for you if you so desire.  If not, that is ok too!  

Comment by Linda Klein on January 19, 2012 at 7:33am

This is a great idea, but just one problem.... Dust catcher on all the threads, needs to have doors or some kind of cover to keep dirt & dust free.

Comment by Sewbusy on January 19, 2012 at 7:24am

you show 5/8 tubing in the picture, but recommend 7/8 tubing -which is it????

Also, I do NOT like the new format and having to continue to click to find the main idea of the day. 

thank you

Comment by carol s on January 19, 2012 at 7:15am

what a fabulous idea, both for the bobbin wraps and for the thread racks.

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