Sep 24, 2013

got straws? then you've got the ultimate solution for keeping bobbins & quilting thread matched

If you quilt on a regular sewing machine, then you need a lot of thread colors and a lot of bobbins filled with matching thread.

Lately, I've been tossing and turning (this is no joke!)... about the best way to match up my Bernina bobbins with their quilting thread source. Really... these are big problems.  I tried many suggestions and solutions. Some worked but took up too much space. Others were just too cumbersome.  I have one of these great thread organizers hanging on the wall. I tried putting quilt thread on one spoke and the bobbin next to it - but then I ran out of spokes.  I tried other organizers, but they just got in the way... there's a reason you see this type of thread organizer everywhere. It simply works!

Then it came to me - straws!


So my epiphany was to take some ordinary straws, trim them down a bit, and stick the straw over the spoke to make it long enough to hold BOTH the thread and the bobbin together. A genius solution - cheap, fast and super effective.



And for what its worth, Aurafil and Isacord are my thread of choice! And these lovely threads are not cheap, so once you fill one of these super-large Bernina bobbins, you do not want to take that thread off and throw it away just to load up another color. Nor do you want to just load the bobbin part way, because if you do, you are guaranteed to run out of thread in the middle of quilting your favorite part.

So I say, load up that bobbin 100% and get some straws on those spokes.

Try it. And tell all your friends. Guaranteed to save a lot of tossing and turning at night.




10 comments:

  1. I put the bobbin on first and then the thread

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  2. Love this idea! Now to come up with a way to keep those spools & bobbins dust-free!

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  3. Good suggestion about putting the bobbin first to keep the dust off!

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  4. Place the thread and bobbin on the straw. Wrap them with plastic wrap voila, dust protected and clearly visible thread. I put hair scrunchies around the threads I use weekly to keep the end from flying away.

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    1. Pat - keeping those fly away threads tamed is an endless task! Love this idea.

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    2. I wish I had some of those super big bobbins. Great idea though.

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    3. Haley: These are the bobbins for Bernina - they are amazing. Hold tons of thread which makes them great for quilting. But same idea works and is needed for any bobbin size. Thanks for stopping by!

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    4. I have the Bernina 880SE and Teresa is right. The bobbins hold so much more thread than the other Bernina metal ones. So nice not to have to fill the bobbin so often. Thanks for the idea, Teresa! I love that the bobbin and thread colors stay together.

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  5. Love this Idea I must do this. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Marie: thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment.

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