tip: bobbin management

I often see tips on clever ways of storing all those damned bobbins. Here’s a thought: don’t.

I have a handful of bobbins filled with my basic colours: black; white; navy; olive. I also have one for basting thread, which is usually the ugliest colour or crappiest thread in my collection. When these bobbins run out, I fill them up completely.

Then I have a few bobbins for current projects using something other than basic colours. When I’m done the project, if there’s any thread left on the bobbin I just wind it back onto the spool. It only takes a minute. I leave a longer tail on the rewound thread so I can tell easily which thread is on top. In the unlikely event that I’m starting a new project and there’s no free bobbin, I pick the bobbin that I’m least likely to use with the current thread, put the thread back on the spool, and load it with the new colour.

I only own about 10 bobbins, so storage is easy.


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I sew sometimes.
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2 Responses to tip: bobbin management

  1. Funnygrrl says:

    This is a good idea. And really how many do you need?
    Now what do I do with all that thread? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Zena says:

      I use a plastic unit with little drawers from the hardware store (black with clear drawers). I think it’s probably meant to store nuts and bolts and nails and things. Y’know, man-crafts ๐Ÿ˜‰

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