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seb58

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Hello!

I'm really wondering what way to store the long bobbins for my Singers 28K and 128k without having a mess of unwound thread each time I move the box.
For the round bobbins (class 15 and class 66) there are many solutions to be found online or inexepnsively in shops but so far I have found none for long bobbins.
How do you all store yours?
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If I had several and a drill press (I have that) I'd just take a piece of scrap wood and drill holes with a large bit using the built in depth stop so that the top doesn't go all the way in.  

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To prevent having a thread tangle however you store them - this is what I do for my round bobbins - it should also work fine on the long bobbins:

Take the thread tail and wrap it as tight as possible (I use two rotations around the top end) around the bobbin so the tail gets buried into the wound thread.  Then cut the tail to the length you prefer.  This prevents the thread from unwinding and creating a mess.
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Many treadles for long bobbin machines have blocks of wood drilled to accept extra bobbins and needles (see photos). Since the 28 and 128 were portables, there would only be the accessory drawer or box in the dome cover (like my 1895 Singer 28). The "puzzle box" accessory container (folding wooden box) had a clip to hold 5 bobbins, which it does poorly most of the time. 

It would be a do-it-yourself project to make something for a portable. I have considered getting a block of wood, drilling a series of holes in it (perhaps from both sides) to insert the bobbins in, then attaching it to a backing with flaps and snaps to close over it. It would then look like a compact wallet and could carry as many bobbins as you cared to make it fit. This would require at least a hand drill to drill the block, but the rest could be done with scrap cloth and snaps or velcro. I have included a sketch of the project. See? I do have my lucid moments. 

An alternative would be something similar, but instead of a block of wood, a piece of material sewn with a series of narrow pockets could be sewn in place. This would eliminate the block of wood and the need for a drill. 

- Bruce Long bobbin storage 1- Minnesota A (1904).jpg  Long bobbin storage 2 - Domestic (1880).jpg  Long bobbin storage 3 - White (1904).jpg  Long Bobbin Storage Case - Home Made.png 

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Nice!
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Thank you for the ideas!

Your winding method Chaly sounds neat! I'll try it!

As for the block of wood with holes it is a really good idea! I love that it was included in the drawers!
Both my 28 and 128 are treadles. The 128 is on its original treadle table (but no drilled block of wood for bobbins in the drawer) while the 28 is in a mid-century cabinet.
I have a hand drill and I will try it, maybe even the case if I feel bold enough! Thanks Bruce!
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I found that the small wooden match box is a good size for long shuttle bobbins. I haven't bought any lately, but I think Altoids Smalls is about the same size. I think about 13x39x51mm or .5x1.5x2inches I also have a small container that I have cut magnetic sheets to size and put one on bottom and another on top for empty bobbins. I have also taken tubing like for aquarium air pumps, cut to length and slit the side to wrap around filled bobbins. This would be similar to bobbin covers seen at http://creativehomemakers.blogspot.com/2011/01/sewing-thread-holder.html but longer and with smaller tubing.

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seb58

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Thanks Janey. The plastic sheath idea is brilliant.
Today, I've just found a pattern to make a box similar to the ones for round bobbins on a 3D Printer. (I don't have one but it may be of interest to other people)
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3549176
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I made this block of wood long bobbin holder a few years ago and it seems to work just fine. It fits in the drawer nicely and just enough of the top of the bobbin shows so I can see the thread color.

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Very Nice! I'll try and do the same 😉
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I only have a couple of machines (so far 🙂) which use long bobbins and was lucky to find one of these. If I get more I think I'll be making one like Darin's.

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That's a cool box Andrew... too bad they don't make these anymore
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