Controlling String On Bobbins

On my sewing machine, there is a storage box where I keep extra bobbins. Until recently, they have been a mess at times. Yesterday, I happened to have a pair of clear latex gloves laying next to the machine. It occured to me that the little finger of the glove was about the size of the bobbins. I cut a slice the width of the bobbin and slipped it over the rim. It worked super to hold the wild thread ends from playing hide and seek in my storage box.


If you wrap several bobbins of the same color, you could slip them into the extra fingers and use a paper clip to hold them in. Where the glove and the bobbins are clear, I can see what color the thread is. The ring of glove is not so tight I can't get it off easily, like the rubber band I had tried before. For bobbins with less thread on them, you could wrap the ring a couple of times.

I use the thumb and first fingertips from the gloves for pulling my needles through fabric when quilting or sewing thick fabrics. Now have a use for the little finger as well. Whenever we go to the doctor's office, we pick up a pair or two. The nurses are glad to give them to me. In the long run, we sure pay for them.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE


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July 21, 20110 found this helpful

I noticed in your picture that your bobbins have more than one color thread wound on them. This is not a good idea! Bobbins are cheap, and each one should have only one color and type of thread on them.

If you are sewing with one color and it comes to an end, the second bobbin thread can easily get tangled in the bobbin case or brought up and get caught around the needle, either of which can cause damage to the bobbin mechanism or the needle bar. At the least you might have a mess to untangle, at the most a huge bill if the machine gets out of time or you break something.

Food for thought

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February 22, 20130 found this helpful

Stop in at your local dollar store, pick up a pack of 10 gloves for $1. The clinic is not going to tell you NO, but they will absolutely come out of the room saying "do you know what they wanted now?"


Wet-licking fingers then rubbing down the end of the thread (like what we do when we thread a needle) will also help make the thread end stick to the bobbin.

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