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10 + Tricks for Keeping Your Bobbins Under Control

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Are your bobbins out of control?  Thread making you crazy?  Tangles and knots?  Let’s talk about Bobbin Storage!!!

I find that they quickly get unruly.  Thread is everywhere and before I know it there are knots and tangles. What a serious mess…and of course it seems to not ever happen until I am needing to use one.

10+ ways to keep your bobbins under control | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt tutorials

And usually my foot catches a long thread and unwinds the bobbin from room to room.  um. yeah.

Not to say that happens to you….but just in case here are a few sewing room ideas and  tricks that you can do to help that from not happening.

10+ Tricks for keeping your bobbins straight

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 bobbin9  bobbin10
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Here are some more helpful storage ideas:

Do you have a trick for keeping your bobbins untangled?


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  • Lori Michel

    Hello Becky, I save empty perscription bottles, even friends give them to me… I peel off labels and add fabric sometimes…. I keep the same thread for a project, about 5 bobbins, in the bottles…. Stack in drawer and always handy….

  • Dianne

    I have a wooden rack that my thread hangs on. I hang my bobbins on the peg next to the matching thread spool. This way I know if I have a matching spool and I don’t have a tangled mess of threads. Three bobbins can fit on one wooden peg. This is handy since I usually have multiples of black and white thread. I also “file” my thread by color (all blues in one area, all greens in another, etc.). This makes it easier to find a matching color.

  • Becky

    Lori- thanks for the idea! I use the pill bottles for broken needles or pins….then they don’t poke you in the garbage. Never thought about stuffing them full of bobbins!

  • Samantha Parkin

    I’m surprised one of the thread companies have not come up with an answer to keep spool and reel together tidily.

  • Barbara Morgan

    So occasionally I do have an “ah ha” moment. I was in The Family Dollar and stumbled a pack of 12 INDIVIDUAL toe separators for $1. They aren’t the ones that have 5 on one strip. The only question I have is why they are sold as a pack of 12 when you only have 10 toes. LOL These work GREAT to hold and store bobbins. NO unraveling!!

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