A special thank you to Heather for asking me to share the features of one of my favorite sewing tools! Choosing one is difficult. Much like asking which of your kids you like best. But since the task at hand was to choose just one, I looked around my work and home sewing studios, plus checked out my sewing set for Sewing With Nancy at the TV station and found that I have at least three Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Towers. (You only need one, sometimes I’m slightly obsessive.)
The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower has six bobbin wheels on a stand. See thread colors at a glance.
Each wheel holds five bobbins. The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower organizes up to 30 bobbins.
Wrap loose thread ends around bobbin. Slide bobbin into wheel section. Stack wheels on bobbin tower stand.
Bobbin Thread Showcase
Bobbin thread generally takes a backstage role. Since this blog features bobbin thread, I’d like to show you how to bring the bobbin thread to the forefront I call the technique, Undercover Stitching!
I wound a few bobbins with 12 wt. decorative thread and stored the extra ones in my Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower. Then, added undercover decorative stitching to the fabric of my Tablet Keeper, a cover for my iPad.
Undercover Stitching How-to
During the first program of the 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Techie Covers, I detail the undercover stitching technique. You can watch this program and 51 other programs online! Or, watch on Public TV.
In this first episode you’ll learn these three easy stitching techniques:
- E-appliqué tips
- How to Stitch Techie Circles
- Undercover Stitching accents.
These easy stitching techniques are all great ways of personalizing a cover for your iPad, original Kindle, or a larger Tablet. Intrigued? Just click and watch! To create these great ideas, I used Clover’s E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper Templates—a product that I designed!
Undercover Stitching Showcase
I know that not all of you click to watch the video, sigh… To give you a little idea of what you may be missing, here are the highlights of one of the three easy stitching techniques, Undercover Stitching (otherwise known as bobbin work).
- Wind 6- or 12-weight thread in the bobbin, using conventional bobbin winding techniques. I selected Madeira’s Decora 6 wt. thread. Note: If your machine has difficulties winding heavier thread, wind the thread by hand. Thread the needle with all-purpose thread.
- Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case.
- Back the fabric with interfacing, and add a second stabilizer and length of interfacing in the stitching area. Then, arc the stitching line on the wrong side of the fabric.
- Choose a non-satin, decorative stitch. An outline or open stitch is best suited for bobbin work. Lengthen the stitch for best results. Test the stitch on a sample fabric.
- Check the look of the stitch on the right side. My test stitch had a few hiccups! So, I adjusted the settings, lengthening the stitch. It doesn’t always go perfectly for me either!
- Helpful Hint! Some machines handle heavier thread in the bobbin if you bypass the bobbin case tension. In short, don’t pass the thread through the bobbin case tension guide.
- Also, test a variety of stitch settings, lengthening/shortening or narrowing/widening the stitch length and/or width. A straight stitch is also ideal! A narrower stitch width setting was used for the strap.