January 28, 2012

Spools and bobbins

Spools and bobbins

Spools and bobbins

Don't you just hate it when in the middle of sewing you run out of thread on the bobbin, or worse you run out of thread on the spool or can't seem to find the right color, preferably at 9:00 in the evening when all stores are closed. I find it so disruptive, having to wind a new bobbin while in the midst of a seam or having to run to the store when you were about to start on your freshly cut fabric. I try to anticipate, but it does not always work out that way.

Spools and bobbins

Spools and bobbins

Anyway, in an attempt to 'organize' my bobbin and spool collection, I use these plastic containers and boxes now. I'm not a big fan of plastic containers in general. I find them highly unattractive. But in this case there's something about them I like. The bobbin holder, for instance, I believe, is really cool. It's abstract art almost. The different colors arranged randomly in neat rows - pieces of thread sticking out stubbornly, capriciously, trying to reach out, to tangle up with the other ones. The box wins however, with every single one of the bobbins stuck in their very own spot.

Spools and bobbins

And I moved my spools of thread to this plastic tub, which came with a new laundry detergent I tried. Before, I kept them in a tin can and little boxes and baskets here and there. It would take forever to find the right shade. With this tub, no longer. All it takes to see what's on display is a little shake. It's not as nice as these lovely wooden peg spool holders you put against the wall, but it works for me and it doesn't take up as much space. I have another one of these tubs almost empty, which I'll probably use to keep my bias tape and ribbon collection.

So, how about you? How do you keep your bobbins and spools organized?

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18 comments:

Mirka said...

Great idea! My spools are never organized.. well, now I can do something about it! :) Thanks for great tips!

Mirka said...

Great idea! My spools are never organized.. well, now I can do something about it! :) Thanks for great tips!

nicole/brussels said...

leuk en pratisch!

Mitsy / ArtMind said...

I always keep my thread and spool in a little minigrip sealed bag. That way I don't have to search for the one & the other. :) Doesn't look as pretty though but it's pretty handy.
Happy weekend, Pascale! :)

by night said...

I do the exact same as you... I find it very easy and quick to find the right color of thread.
As for running out of thread, it seams to always happen when I'm finishing the very last seam... and it drives me nuts every single time ;-)

Nina said...

Most of my threads came as a 'freebie' with my sewing machine, and they were in mixed boxes of 10. I've kept the boxes but I rearranged the colours so that all the blues are together, all the reds in another box, etc. I wrote the colours on each lid. Bobbins are more difficult but I've resisted those pretty plastic organisers because... they're plastic. So I have the bobbins in a little round box. This week I lined the box with white paper (it was black inside before) so that I can pick out the right colour more easily.

smunch said...

I need to get better bobbin cases like those! Mine are a mess. But my spools are in a vintage type drawer and I love the way it looks - it's my blog header and in this post: http://www.laricci-smunch.blogspot.com/2010/09/my-studio-ha.html

Jacqui said...

Oddly enough pretty much like you! My bobbins are in a clear hard plastic case which they rattle in most annoyingly, and my spools are in a box in the bottom of my sewing box. I recently started decorating the top of the bobbin container with the little triangles of sticky label that pop off the top of Gutetmann thread but I'm not sure if I like it or not, there's something to be said for the colours of the bobbins alone.

My.Florentine said...

My threads are in large glass jars arranged by colour. I've got a neutral, reds, blues and greens jar, with two spare jars incase I need them. My white and black threads are in a thread box near my sewing machine.

My bobbins are either in a case like yours or are in one of those circle bobbin holders. They aren't in any particular order and I usually have two bobbins of the one colour completely unintentionally.

I would really like to make a holder one day where I can keep the spool of thread white the correct bobbin. Hey, we can dream right!

the dizzle said...

ooh, i like the bobbin holder. i wonder if someone makes them in wood though. maybe a little jewelry or ring case would work. i don't have many bobbins set up, it wasn't until recently that the lightbulb "clicked" and i bought some extra bobbins. my spools are stashed in about three old pasta sauce jars, as color coded as can be.

Frances said...

Since I bought a new sewing machine last summer, my bobbins are still well organized. However, my multi-decade collection of spools (some are wooden) is a bit of a tangle. Yet, I can usually find what a need. I do keep my current spools of black, white, and other neutral shades of thread separated from the tangle.

I do like the look of your bobbin organizer and will try something like that as my bobbin supplies grow.

Thank You!

Seaweed and Raine said...

I have a drawer with little compartments in it for my small spools, and a holder for the large ones, both in my sewing cabinet - but then, I don't have as many delcious colours as you do! :)

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I love keeping my bobbins organised as I also find them useful to take around with me for hand sewing. I used to use a little plastic container like yours until I found my latest organiser - it's a red rubber ring. I hope you don't mind but to explain, there's a photo at the bottom of this post...
http://kimonoreincarnate.blogspot.com/2010/12/twas-day-before-market.html

Hmmm... my thread spools is another issue, I still have to get those organised..

Giacomo said...

wow! my bobbins go around for the room and when i've to use is hard to find them!! your organizer is really usefull!! if you want on my blog there are a little Candy, the text is in italian but, if you want take part, you have to leave a comment and follow me, and hope to win! =)

Kim said...

I love the transparency of your box! It definitely looks like art. I just made a bobbin box out of a cardboard necklace box - http://www.proud-as-punch.com/2012/01/bobbin-box.html.

Kim

katemakes said...

My big serger thread spools are kept in a bin with a lid. I use the same system as you do for bobbins but I keep their corresponding spools in a ziploc bag with them. The remaining spools are kept in two teak drawers with interior dividers that were picked up at a garage sale. I would love to have the spools displayed on a proper wooden thread rack but my studio's only wall space is taken up by a big bookcase and the other walls are windows. It feels good to be organized and makes it much easier to sew when the mood strikes me.

Sue Schlabach said...

Only you could make plastic look so beautiful! I have two of the wooden peg spool holders on my wall, but—I'm with you—I feel like they take up a lot of wall space. I can, however, glance up and find what I need pretty quickly. As for bobbins, I wish they could be four times the size so they wouldn't always run out at the most inopportune times. I covet your bobbin box and will be looking for one. I keep them in a jumble in a little olive green bowl.

Sophie said...

I have a rainbow spool rack (I posted a little diy here: http://roubidou.squarespace.com/roubidou-old/2012/1/11/rainbow-spool-rack.html) for the colourful spools and the more functional ones are in a plastic tub as well.

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