Bobbin Storage Trays

Long ago, I gave Mary a box of 100 empty bobbins for her Kenmore 158 sewing machine, with the intent she would never again have to unwind a bobbin to put new thread on it. This worked so well I did the same thing for her Juki, with the result she needed somewhere to store all those filled bobbins.

Her work table has a shallow drawer, so we tried this out:

Bobbin Storage Case - installed
Bobbin Storage Case – installed

They’re a matched set cut from 1.5 mm TroCraft Eco:

Bobbin Storage Case - cutting overview
Bobbin Storage Case – cutting overview

Watching all those little rectangles fall out just never gets old:

Bobbin Storage Case - cutting detail
Bobbin Storage Case – cutting detail

I ran off a test tray in ordinary chipboard that works just as well, but lacks the pleasant appearance and feel of the TroCraft. Clear 1.5 mm acrylic would probably work, at the cost of requring a much neater glue job where the dividers meet the walls.

The spacing is a bit tight to pluck a bobbin from its slot between two others, but now she has enough space to arrange them as needed, with empty spaces around the most-used colors. I offered to carpet the drawer with bobbin trays, but she suggested waiting until these fill up.

The well-stuffed URL specifying the tray:*7&sy=12*7&h=20.0&hi=10.0&outside=0&bottom_edge=s&top_edge=S&back_height=0.0&radius=0.0&gripheight=30&gripwidth=00&handle=0&thickness=1.65&format=lbrn2&tabs=0&debug=0&labels=0&reference=00&inner_corners=corner&burn=0.04

Which can now be specified as the biggest QR code I’ve ever seen:

Bobbin Tray - TroCraft Eco QR code
Bobbin Tray – TroCraft Eco QR code

That makes my eyes hurt …

5 thoughts on “Bobbin Storage Trays

  1. “The spacing is a bit tight to pluck a bobbin from its slot …”

    Is there some hand tool she often uses and keeps with the sewing machine? A stitch ripper? Consider fastening a tiny neodymium magnet to the handle end. An alternative: devote one tray compartment to storing a magnet.

    1. FWIW, I’ve run across some bobbins that are nonmagnetic, some (really old) were plated brass, and others (really cheap) made of plastic. YMMV

    2. So far, this hasn’t been a problem, although I like the idea of sinking a magnet into a ripper. Whether she likes the idea is another question.

      She recently bought a large assortment of color-matched thread, delivered on spools and pre-wound bobbins made of the finest transparent plastic. [sigh]

  2. Now I want to see if someone can make an image that works both as a QR code and as an autostereogram. (Not me, I can’t see the damned things, but someone…)

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