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sarahwood8
15-06-2012, 05:25 PM
Hi Folks!

I was blessed with some gift certificates for my bday and I splurged on a lot of LizBeth thread. I like to carry my thread on floss bobbins so I can see what colors I have to choose from when I start a new project. I didn't want to wind them all by hand so I tried my dremmel - but that didn't work because I couldn't control the speed. So I tried my drill - voila! Automatic bobbin winder!

Here's how I did it:

PDF
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bz16_jvgE_SjM2VyVy10ZlcwdVU

Link to video that explains what a Wire Pin Vise is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yahzWfkLMR4

http://www.intatters.com/album.php?albumid=1053&attachmentid=17154

Holly Ann
15-06-2012, 09:19 PM
Very cool idea! Thanks for sharing!

Loretta
15-06-2012, 11:03 PM
Brilliant

sarahwood8
15-06-2012, 11:15 PM
Thanks! : )

Sherongb
16-06-2012, 02:11 AM
For those who want to go even lower tech (and don't mind a bit slower) there is a pink plastic one you can get and hand wind. You can see it at http://www.amazon.com/Darice-33175-Floss-Bobbin-Winder/dp/B00266WHIY

Judy
16-06-2012, 02:13 AM
Might have to dig out my drill for this.. and charge up its batteries.

ConnieS
16-06-2012, 02:38 AM
Wow - neat idea. I've considered pulling out the device I use for my sewing machine bobbins but I'm not sure how I'd hold or attach the ball while the winder did its work. I can see controlling the tension with a drill though. Thanks!

sarahwood8
16-06-2012, 04:06 AM
Yeah. I have the pink plastic winder and used that for a while, but my arm got tired from turning the handle. : )

I thought about a sidewinder, too, Connie. But I couldn't figure out a way to mount the floss bobbin. I suppose if your shuttle has a removable bobbin, that it might fit. (But I'm a needle tatter.) As far as securing the ball of thread: I put my thread in a Christmas ornament that has a hole drilled in the side. LizBeth sells their own holder, as well. Some people put their thread in a bowl. I also use tupperware containers that I put grommets in the lids.

Sherongb
16-06-2012, 05:33 AM
Wow - neat idea. I've considered pulling out the device I use for my sewing machine bobbins but I'm not sure how I'd hold or attach the ball while the winder did its work. I can see controlling the tension with a drill though. Thanks!

If you mean a Sidewinder (that's what mine is called) just put the ball in a bag or bowl on the floor to the left of you and let it go. To take the thread off without cutting it I just pull the bobbin off and unthread it until just the little ring thing is left then put it back through in the other direction and pull the loop through.

ConnieS
16-06-2012, 06:05 AM
Sheron and Sarah, yes, I meant a sidewinder. I'll have to try it as I do like the shuttles with the removable bobbins. They fit better in a prescription bottle with a couple of shuttles, and I can choose my color. Sarah - those are wonderful ideas for thread holders. I'll have to try those for the ones where I leave the thread on the ball. I love the control of needle tatting but hate having to rethread the needle for split rings.

sarahwood8
16-06-2012, 04:10 PM
Hey Connie : )

Here's a link to my directions for the Christmas ornament thread holder. You don't have to cut the thread to remove it from the holder.
http://www.intatters.com/album.php?albumid=1053&attachmentid=16694

ConnieS
17-06-2012, 04:33 AM
Thanks, Sarah! Great idea. Hmmm - I'll bet my beasties (3 indoor cats) wouldn't do as much damage if I put a the ball in something like that. They could definitely bat the thing further, but maybe with less tangling?

sarahwood8
18-06-2012, 01:18 AM
What a hilarious description - "beasties"! I'm gonna have to use that.

You know - as far as tangling goes I think it would depend on how much string gets pulled out. And that would depend on how much traction your shuttle or needle holding down the end of the thread has.

I have a dog. He just gets jealous and crawls on top of my projects, lol! Maybe you can stick your project in a gallon ziplock when you aren't holding it... : )