I have tons of bobbins, no I have dozens (and dozens) of bobbins. Bobbins for my regular sewing machines, singer machines, my Janome DBX, my long arm, and now my new Bernina.
I have them sorted by thread types:
- Connecting Threads
- Cotton Poly
- Embroidery threads for student use
- Embroidery thread for my use
- Bobbin thread for embroidery
- Specialty thread
I have them in various places for various projects:
- Embroidery threads go in the bins with their colors
- Cotton/Poly also go in their bin
- Others have their own case
- Aurifil has its own drawer
- In my sewing case
- At work
- In with the veteran quilt supplies
- For students
But the real reason for this post is to review the types of bobbin “keepers.”
You know, the ways we try to control the unwinding and long tails of thread. That “thing that happens when you put two or more together and the threads like to play and make a mess and seem to multiply.
Here are the different things I have tried:
I heard that little girl hair ties worked.
And they do work, somewhat. When I set them up on end in the case I couldn’t see the colors. I tried color-coding with the ties, but that wasn’t satisfactory (I’m picky).
I liked the cases that I would get when I would buy a dozen, and it helped some with the thread play and unwinding but it was still annoying me. Plus the shop no longer carry the cases. 🙁 As you can see the cases are labeled (I’m obsessive).
My sewing machine shop recommended these bobbin keepers.I resisted for a while (I’m cheap). When they were on sale I bought a couple. Then recently a couple more. I must say they are my favorite, I’m sorry I waited so long to try them out (sometimes my “cheap, make-do, practical side gets in the way). I can see the thread colors. I can store the bobbins by thread type. They are easy to get in and out of the case. And I can easily trim any unruly threads.
How do you store your bobbins? Does it work for you?
Organizing on the Journey, Jackie