If you have a sewing machine then it is inevitable that you will have a ton of bobbins floating around. Some empty, some half full, some pre-wound, some for embroidery, some with colours you will never use. Well, you get the picture. So with this in mind, we thought we’d give you our best bobbin storage options.
Between the two of us, we have hundreds of bobbins and we all know what happens with those little suckers. The thread doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to and you end up with a tangled mess.
In the past, we used hard plastic container type cases like the one in the pic below but the bobbin threads wouldn’t stay put and kept getting tangled. Plus you can see the elastic band around the thing – that’s because the latch doesn’t really stay closed properly. They also have a tendency to break easily around the hinge. We had a couple do that.
So we went on a mission to find a better system for storing bobbins.
We ended up finding two different types so this is kind of our review of the ones we now use.
Our Best Bobbin Storage Options
The first is what’s known as a Bobbin Saver. This is our favourite and would have to be one of the best bobbin storage options available today. It’s so simple but it works extremely well. We bought ours from Amazon here.
It’s really easy to add and remove the bobbins and they stay in place even if its turned upside down.
You can see we bought the red version but they come in multiple colours. I think next time we will buy different colours to distinguish them from different sewing machines and bobbin types. But in the meantime, we have just written on the back of them with a Sharpie.
They each hold 20 bobbins and you don’t have to fill it to capacity for it to work. You can add just one bobbin if you like and the threads don’t come loose.
About the only negative I can think of for these is that they aren’t covered, so they could gather dust if left out. I keep mine in a draw.
Other than that, we just love them!
Another favourite are bobbin toppers. These are such a neat idea. You place the bobbin in the topper and then place the topper in the spool. This keeps the bobbin together with the matching thread.
It also has what they call a thread lock to keep the threads in place. You can see that in the image above – where the thread is coming out, you can see the groove.
Personally I found this wasn’t perfect and the thread would come loose if just tossed into a container with other threads. If you are neater than me and keep your threads neatly lined up then I can’t see you having this problem.
You could also purchase the Spool and Bobbin Buddy to hold the spools. As you can see in the image below, we did buy one when we got the bobbin toppers. However, we found we didn’t really use it.
I just wanted to show you though how neat it keeps everything and you can place different sized spool threads in it although not the really thick spools – for example, I wasn’t able to fit a Gutermann 800m spool in it.