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by dragonflyer ( edited 28 Jan 2015 ) 28 Jan 2015

What do you Cuties do with pesky bobbins that keep unwinding??? Well there are pricy bobbin keeps available...but, here is a fantastic way to control those threads...who knew that clear plastic tubing was the answer??? Her is my take on bobbin keeps...and it works great...and very inexpensive...and you can make them yourselves! Buy the tubing...cut the width about 3/8" wide...snip a slit...wrap it around bobbin...20 feet for about $6.00....that wraps a ton of bobbins...voila!!!


by raels011 09 Jan 2016

I use book binders to hold my Bobbins

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by noah edited 08 Jan 2016

when you want one thats in the middle of this how do u get it out without getting 19 others out to??

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 08 Jan 2016

Carolyn...not sure I understand...each bobbin get its own little plastic tube does not interfere with the plastic pick up the bobbin just like you would normally..the little plastic tube just holds the pesky thread from just remove the plastic guard before you use the bobbin...

by mi30kaja 08 Jan 2016

I have been struggling with this problem for so long and have come to the conclusion that this seem to be the best method if you use Bobbin cases. Which I do.

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer edited 09 Jan 2016

I hope it works for you...I love this for keeping the tails tidy...and the plastic tubing shapes to the amount of thread you have on the lots of thread or just a bit...the same piece works on all...

by n2sewin 08 Jan 2016

If you snug up the tail of thread between the spool and the thread it will stay. No need for anything else.

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mi30kaja by mi30kaja 08 Jan 2016

I have tried this but it doesn't always work for me.

by EBD108 07 Jan 2016

Thank you--great idea!

by Midnight1 07 Jan 2016

Thank you so much for sharing this. I have tried several things. This looks the best I have seen-

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by Ossineu 07 Jan 2016

Thank you Kim, good idea.

by lucy12345 07 Jan 2016

Good idea, thanks

by spcekittrn 07 Jan 2016

Good idea. I've been using the small knit pony tail rings. they are the ones in a huge multi pack. They work great too.

by pennyhal2 07 Jan 2016

I must be crazy but I have a love/hate relationship with my bobbins. I love how all the colors look when the end threads are sticking out and making a mess altogether. I hate trying to get a single bobbin out of the tangle. I can see where this would be a great solution for those who need it!

by pennifold 02 Mar 2015

Hi Kim,

I also use this plastic tubing for older machine embroidery threads that have become brittle. So when I place it on the spindle the plastic keeps it from cracking further! Love Chris

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 03 Mar 2015

Thanks, Chris...

by annie23 02 Mar 2015

What a great idea. I will definitely get some of that tubing because I have hundreds of bobbins and they do come undone.

by lilylady 26 Feb 2015

bought my when you put this on, just don't have it cut yet! Thanks for tip!

by jen15957 26 Feb 2015

Thank you, Great Idea

by tamtam 25 Feb 2015

I go to the store where everything is $1, & buy those little rubber bands for hair, they are the perfect size to fit a bobbin, & you get 500 of them in a package. If one breaks, you have lots more to replace it. I have been using them for years, & they work great for me! Have a great day, everyone!!! Tammy

pacmp by pacmp 03 Mar 2015

I like this idea too! I would not have thought to use the tiny rubber bands , thanks for the idea!

Gcope1 by Gcope1 edited 03 Mar 2015

I do that too! Can't believe what the dollar store has that I can use. Last year I bought a bunch of small plastic containers (2 per pack) that I use to put my buttons in.

by seamripper40 25 Feb 2015

I use a straw sometimes. works for me.

by Sewmum1 25 Feb 2015

Great idea and if you buy the wider diameter tubing, make a long slit down the length of it you can store the bobbins in that. A 12" long piece stores quite a few bobbins and sits nicely in front of the sewing machine.

by buttercup22 30 Jan 2015

great ideal thanks

by flowers1 30 Jan 2015

Thank you for the excellent idea!

by bowlds 30 Jan 2015

Great idea! I always use the teeny tiny stretch ponytail holders.

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pacmp by pacmp 03 Mar 2015

Thank You for posting this idea as I would not have thought of using those tiny rubber bands for my bobbins and I think that I would more likely use the small bands than the small bits of clear air hose that I would surely drop or lose while using the bobbin.

by lindaavolio 30 Jan 2015

Great Idea ... Thanks

by bevinoz 29 Jan 2015

Yes , this works well. I have been using it for a few years now. But one day when I searched for the little bit of tubing to put in a safe place where I could find it after the stitching finished I couldn't find it any where so I took another one out ready to use. Then when I took the bobbin out of the machine I found the plastic was still around the bobbin. Thank goodness it had not messed up the bobbin case! Cheers, Bev.

by greysewist Moderator 29 Jan 2015

Excellent idea. You can also use corrugated tubing that comes in packs intended for keeping cords together. Slit with scissors along the length and maybe even make another cut and take a narrow strip out to make it easier to slot your bobbins into the groove. You can cut to whatever length you like so you can for example keep 10 or so bobbins with similar colours together. I keep a couple of lengths with my 'work sewing' threads and more for my 'fun sewing' threads, so I know I'm reaching for the right ones -I have black, purple, red etc for my work and also might use those colours for personal sewing, but the work ones are a bit stronger thread, so the combination of colours tells me which are my own :)

by twee 29 Jan 2015

Great Idea, thanks for sharing!

by suziequee 29 Jan 2015

Outstanding. Thanks

by NancyBT10 29 Jan 2015

Thank you for posting or reposting this wonderful idea. My bobbins misbehave so badly even in their little spaces in the bobbin box! Headed for Lowes! Hopefully, no more wrestling with those unruly threads ;-)

by sdrise 29 Jan 2015

great idea!!Suzanne

by marianb 29 Jan 2015

Thank you a great solution..

by vickiannette 29 Jan 2015

Very practical, but would I do it.....that's the next question!

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asterixsew by asterixsew 29 Jan 2015

Oh what honesty

by momac 29 Jan 2015

Great hint thank you.

by deegee 29 Jan 2015

Excellent idea.

by lucy1234 29 Jan 2015

Thanks, Great idea

by draco 28 Jan 2015

Great idea !! Thanks for sharing.

by harleysville 28 Jan 2015

Genius. I would never have thought to do this. Thanks for posting.

by Smokey12 28 Jan 2015

Thank you, just showed hubby the measurements so he can go to Lowes tomorrow and get some tubing for me. Love it and never knew what size to by.

by nonna57 28 Jan 2015

Great idea brought to our attention again.Thankyou... I use the air hose for the fish tank,

marianb by marianb 29 Jan 2015

Didn't the fish mind.. lol Marian

nonna57 by nonna57 29 Jan 2015

Hahaaaa Marian. No longer have fish, Did the tour of Sydney!!!!!!! Not.... but no longer :(

dragonflyer by dragonflyer 29 Jan 2015

Well, if you took their wonder you no longer have fish!!

nonna57 by nonna57 29 Jan 2015

Phwaaaaa Good one Kim :)

by designgirl 28 Jan 2015

What a great idea to hold those nasty bobbin threads. Thanks .

by holly12 28 Jan 2015

Great idea thanks. Arlene

by haleymax 28 Jan 2015

Thank you.

by mops Moderator 28 Jan 2015

Thanks for repeating this tip. It was posted here years ago, but it has got lost in the hundreds or thousands of posts since then.

by 02kar Moderator 28 Jan 2015

Thanks for sharing. I will look for some and do this since I have about 30 bobbins more of matching embroidery thread than I have room for.

by ansienaude 28 Jan 2015

thank you and i am sure it will ;last forever

by seamripper40 28 Jan 2015

thanks for the info. about ready to change oxygen tubbing. gonna try it.

by arlene 28 Jan 2015

What a great idea. Will have to try it.

by gerryvb 28 Jan 2015

love the idea

by blueeyedblonde 28 Jan 2015

Thanks - will have to see where I can get some and give it a try as I have thread ends that keep getting caught on another one!

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dragonflyer by dragonflyer 28 Jan 2015

Got mine at Home Depot...

by shilly 28 Jan 2015

This is a great idea, thanks for sharing.