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Marian C09/10/2017 21:17:51
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I have seen on Pinterest, but not used, clear plastic tubing to over the spools. Basically, there is a clear plastic tubing often used for an aquarium, among other things, that you cut into thin slices to fit inside the spool, then cut the tube open and wrap it around the spool to stop the thread unravelling. Marian

Jayne09/10/2017 21:36:42
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Funny this, I was impressed by your bobbin storage Margaret, I am really bad at it.

I have 2 machines, plus embroidery machine with different sizes, and then there's the type of thread, and they are just in the same rubber ring... and yours are in rings by thread weight.

So I came back and looked for a way of sorting them better. The main thing being keeping the thread and bobbin together and not able to unroll themselves into a BIG tangle.

This is what I've come up with so far, and it might even work for you Rosemary especially if your postmen are as untidy as mine.. you thread a rubber band through the bobbin and then wrap it around the corresponding reel.

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and then I use these with normal thread in one colour box and quilting thread in the other (white and turquoise), I also use these for storing WIP, the beauty being that they unzip and fold flat when they are empty.

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So far it's working for me, but I am looking at the Alex drawers from IKEA, and they are the right height to go under my work table.

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Sorry about all the links ladies.

Jayne x

Winnie the B.O.L.B09/10/2017 22:07:38
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Hey folks - should we be starting a new thread for this?? It looks as if we could have a fair old discussion going here?! Maybe our kind "organiser" Rosemary could do it??!! What do you think?

In case you're wondering ladies, the exact bobbin storage Jayne mentions that she saw when she came visiting was those coloured rubber "rings" you've probably seen advertised from various sellers. They look a bit expensive at first sight but when you calculate that they hold a fair quantity of bobbins, they really aren't all that costly - and they are extremely efficient - I love them and have several. It is so easy to lift the bobbins in an out of them too. As Jayne says, they don't allow you to keep the bobbins with their own spool, which is a shame but I do use separate rings for different weights etc of threads and that does a bit of sorting out to start with.

I do like your rubber band idea though Jayne - sometimes the simplest things are the most efficient!! I'll certainly give it a try for some of my specialist threads - could be great.

Margaret/Winnie xx

Marian C09/10/2017 22:43:03
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Photos of using plastic tubing for spool storage.

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Winnie the B.O.L.B09/10/2017 23:06:24
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Thanks for the photos Marian. Looks really good and easy to do. Would also make it much easier to sit the bobbin on top of the spool to keep them together but one on top of the other as is sometimes suggested rather than by the rubber band method in that instance; if I remember correctly, this other way is using a wooden "spindle" of some kind?? Where would we buy the plastic tubing, does anyone know - on-line maybe?

Margaret/Winnie xx

rosemary Rosenfeld10/10/2017 08:54:26
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Good ideas ladies...... the "toe separators" were £0.99 for all 10 on a well know internet auction site...so not too bad.

Over here Margaret.....I would buy the tubing from either a aquarium/fish shop or a hardware store....I would ask Eric....he would probably have an idea! I will have to see if it's possible to buy some with a larger diameter....for the larger reels.......I'll let you know!

Best Rosemary

Marian C10/10/2017 09:26:29
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Having researched further, you need 15mm/ 5/8 inch tubing for normal size spools.The tubing is also used for home brewing, garden water pumps etc - easily available on a well known auction site.

Margaret S10/10/2017 10:12:30
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This is a really interesting discussion and I am enjoying reading it as you seem to work in a different way to me. I use very few bobbins. All 3 of my machines use different size bobbins and I have never had many for any of them. My Pfaff has a silicone tube that holds 18 bobbins - 2 are empty, 4 have cotton sewing thread and the rest have very small amounts of quilting thread. I only sew with cream, beige and sometimes white or black thread - hence the 4 bobbins. I tend to use up the small amounts of quilting thread as waste thread when machine tacking around the edges of quilts. This silicone tube holds the bobbins in tightly.

Some of my quilting threads are in an Art Bin Super Satchel Thread Organiser, expensive, but very useful. I have just ordered some thread wraps for my other box of quilting threads as that is getting a bit messy. They have yet to arrive, so it will be interesting to see how they work.

Margaret

maria hewitt12/10/2017 16:06:23
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well, DS is at a 2 day job trial. we were late the first day, despite leaving 20 mins earlier than proposed . Ive never seen so much slow traffic. took the back roads today. got there in half the time. he has decided that manual lifting type warehouse work is not for him, so back to square one. whilst I havnt been able to concentrate, I have gained some mojo. ( having to get up for a purpose eg lift) I think I had a S A D couple of weeks, so need to get my lamp out.

Maria

rosemary Rosenfeld12/10/2017 17:29:24
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How disciplined of you Margaret......one of my " pet hates" is running out of thread on the bobbin in the midst of a sew project.......so before I start something new....I always fill up 3/4 bobbins with the thread I am going to use!

Do let us know how you get on with the wraps...are they worth it!

Best Rosemaey

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