I haven't had a chance to unpack all my stuff from the great weekend adventure. But I did unpack a couple of things and one thing led to another and well - today is all about bobbins. You can get a whole lot more done if things are organised.
By the way, I think my pictures have a fuzzy feel to them. The graphics team was messing with my camera the other day and they must have changed a setting! What setting? Going to have to ask as I don't know.
Here's one items that I bought and this started a domino effect in my studio. These are called Spool Huggers. I've seen them around, but never bought them. They happened to be by the cash as I was checking out at one store and I grabbed a package.
The reason I bought them is because my spool box with my go to threads can be a mess sometimes. I have invisible threads and several colors of cotton, all on different type of spools. While some spools have little caps that open or notches or a slot to put the thread end in, some do not. I keep saying that I should clean up the box and from time to time I do, but then I never do anything about those loose thread and bingo - I'm back tidying up once again!
|Spools with the spool huggers|
|A different way to wrap the spools|
I think my biggest problem in this thread box is the bobbins. There is no way to catch the threads on the bobbins and they can make a huge mess. So I tried the Spool Huggers on the bobbins.
|Spool Huggers on the bobbins|
Everything in the thread box is neat and tidy!
OK - I'm liking these things a whole lot better on my bobbins, and hopefully it won't be a problem to see which color/type of thread is one each bobbin as the tops of the bobbins are clear plastic.
Oh god - here's where the domino effect happened. I decided that I wasn't happy with the Spool Huggers on my bobbins after all. Remember, this is personal choice - there is nothing wrong with them. I'm just super picky!
I wish I could get a short bobbin rack. I have the longer ones - about six inches, but a short one at 3 inches would be perfect to fit in my box. I know there are all kinds of other methods of holding those bobbins.
Let's side track back to my spool of thread.
Here's what I use for my thread wrappers. I use a very lightweight vinyl tablecloth. You can buy it by the yard at chain fabric stores. Cut it into strips about 1" by 7". Then wrap around your spool, keeping a bit of tension on the vinyl so it sticks to itself. Voila - perfect and inexpensive thread wrap. It's boring, but functional.
|Lightweight vinyl table cloth|
|Threads are wrapped!|
I also put the Spool Hugged bobbins in there. I do have a few other bobbins that need to be tamed, but no more Spool Huggers.
I love when things are neat and tidy. So much easier to grab things when they are not messy and tangled, etc.
I'm sorry, today's post is a bit disjointed as I attempted to write this the day before and I don't have a lot of time today.
Here is a photo of ONE of those bobbin holders which I wish was half this length.
|Single bobbin holder|
|Bobbin supply drawer|
I also found this bobbin container, but again it's too big for what I want.
|One more bobbin container|
|Handi Bobs for keeping bobbins with a spool of thread|
|Gutermann tin from market|
|Contents of the tin|
|Bobbins fit perfectly into the tin|
|Neat thread box!|
We need to arrange a review. There are so many tips and tricks to this problem and so many solutions and I suppose each one has it merits and we all have our opinions. Wouldn't that be cool. So if you have a tip for taming spools of thread and bobbins, let me know and I'll try to assemble a post after reviewing these items. Cause you now know that there are several that I don't like!
So the Spool Huggers and the Handi Bobs went into my giveaway bag. I'm of the mindset now that if I've tried something or found a solution that I like, there's no sense in keeping what I don't like!
More time for sewing with two less items to manage!
Have a super day!!!!