Organising bobbins

I use my sewing machine for three types of sewing, each of which uses a different type of thread: lingerie sewing (polyester), quilting (cotton), and freehand embroidery (rayon, polyester and cotton embroidery threads). Then I also have the odd bobbin of nylon monofilament for when I do applique and woolly nylon for lingerie. This can get tricky, especially if I have white polyester, white cotton, and white embroidery threads at the same time (which is mostly). I wanted a quick and easy way of keeping my bobbins and spools together.

A quick web search showed me that there is a cute gadget on the market called Handi Bobs which you can get at Clotilde or Nancy's Notions.

But being a thrifty sewer, I was intrigued by another search result: using plastic drinking straws. I had to try it out immediately! And it works. The fatter drinking straws work better than the thin ones. I found a packet of 100 black straws at my local cheap Chinese imports shop.

All I do is cut off a piece of the straw, plug it into the bobbin, and put the straw into the thread spool on my spool rack. The straws fit snugly into the bobbins, and just rest in the spools. Easy to do, easy to take apart, and no searching around if I accidentally drop one... I just cut another length of straw!


  1. Alice said

    Hallo Tina, met veel plezier lees ik je blogs en vooral de tips met duidelijke foto's over het lingerienaaien. Erg leuke tips en handigheidjes laat je zien.
    Bedankt voor je leuke berichtje op mijn blog met de tips over foto's en tekst. Leuk om berichtjes te krijgen, dan weet je ook dat het echt gelezen wordt. Ik ga eerst proberen de blog breder te maken zoals je aangaf. Groeten, Alice

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