Marking Sewing Bobbins And Completed Projects

Did you know that it is important that your upper threads and your bobbin threads match exactly??  I found this out the hard way several years ago.  I had some nice black Gutterman thread threaded onto my machine, and a black bobbin below.  My stitches were not right.  The upper and lower tensions were not in synch, and no matter how much I adjusted, I couldn’t get it right.  My machine jammed a couple of times to boot.
It turns out that the bobbin was wound with a Coats Dual Duty black thread.  Now, I’m not going to debate the merits of one brand of thread over another here.  What I am going to do is to give you a quick, easy and cheap tip for marking your bobbins to avoid this problem. Holes.  Okay, I know that, technically, they are called “gummed reinforcements”, but we always just call them holes!  They are the little peel off stickers that are supposed to be used to mend the tears of binder paper.
Amazingly enough, those little holes are just about exactly the size of the hole in most bobbins!!  What I do, every time I wind a bobbin, is to write on one of those “holes” the brand of thread and the color number.  It’s very simple then to check to see if the red bobbin I’ve just pulled out of the bobbin box matches the Coats #128A red thread I’ve chosen or not.  I leave the stickers on when I put the bobbins into my machine and they are fine.  Though I’ve never heard of leaving them on the bobbins causing a problem, you might want to watch yours carefully the first few times in your machine to be sure that the workings of your machine don’t cause the labels to come loose.  When the bobbin is emptied, it’s very easy to peel off the old label and apply a new one.  I keep a package of “holes” in my notions box.


With our fall term of homeschooling just days away, I found the motivation to finish my “back-to-school” apron.  I’m not sure how I did it, but I totally messed up the bias tape application on one of the ties.  I missed binding the edge of a good two to three inches!!!  I was working too late one evening, I think.  Anyway, I left the 80% complete apron hanging on the cork board by the sewing machine for two weeks!!!  I finished it Saturday.  Rather than trying to rip off the bias tape, and since I had plenty of left over fabric and bias tape, I simply cut out a new tie, applied the bias tape, and then attached the tie to the apron.  Dani’s so good to model for me.

While my injured back healed up late last week, I spent a lot of time working on the knitted lavender bags from this cool book.    I finished one, and quickly churned out the second.  A third is well under way.  They are worked, primarily, in a stockinette stitch; but since they are small, the project is finished before boredom sets in too badly.  There’s a bit of a reprieve, near the end, when you work the eyelets for the ribbon closure, and then the picot edging helps the project to end with some fun.  I really like the way these have turned out!!
I’ve ordered some bulk lavender seeds from here, and will sew up little, lightweight muslin bags for the seeds once they arrive, and then the bags will be really and truly finished.  I stuffed this one with a bit of tissue so that you can see what the finished bags look like.  They’ll look better with the firmer muslin stuffed lavender bag in them.  I’m thinking I would like to order some pretty pink wool from to make some more of these, and fill them with rose hips or rose scented potpourri.  Or some lovely cream wool filled with a vanilla scent.  Or a pretty yellow wool with lemon geranium or some other lovely lemon scent.  I’ll be using these as little extras tied onto gifts, and as hostess gifts, I think.

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!

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8 comments to Marking Sewing Bobbins And Completed Projects

  • I  love your tip about the bobbins!  I only started sewing and will use this tip.  I’ve wondered what to do about those bobbins!  Thank you!

  • Hello!
    Great tip about the bobbins! I just love your idea of a homeschooling apron. Yours looks so fun and cheery. Now I have the perfect excuse to go to the fabric store. ;0)
    I was just talking to my sister this morning about your pretty knitted lavender bags! She is going to help me make some next month when she visits. We love to knit together. :0)


  • What a  beautiful gift in those bags! It turned out lovely, as did the apron!

    Love the tip about the bobbins, too!

  • Now I know why I sometimes have a terrible time with stitch tensions…I have always blamed it on my sewing machine, but thinking about it, it was probably the times I had in two different types of thread.  Thank you so much!!!

    Last night I was making plans to sew some lavender bags, as I have a bag of bulk lavender buds.  I’m going to use them as dryer sachets.  I love your knitted bags!  I order from knitpicks too; I think they’re great.  Love the apron also.

    Thank you for visiting my site and your kind comments.


  • Do I even have to tell you?? I am in love with your lavender bags!  They are simply lovely and I know they will smell heavenly.  What a great little hostess gift they  will make:)  The back to school apron is darling, as well as the young lady modeling it!

  • Love the lavender bags, how clever !! Thank you about the tip on bobbins and thread not matching. I never thought of that, but I bet that is my problem half the time. Clarice

  • I admire your sewing skills so much!  I have only played at my sewing machine a few times and have just the most basic of knitting stitches down.  I would love to have someone teach me these skills!  I learn so much better when I can see someone do it.  About the only stitching that I am proficient at is cross stitching which I have done since I was 9 years old.

  • Cross stitching is a lovely art!  I’ve enjoyed that for years, too, but my old eyes get awfully tired if I do much of it now.

    I’d encourage you to keep up with your sewing.  Your skills will increase with practice.  Check at your local fabric store.  Many offer very inexpensive beginner’s sewing classes.   

    Knitting is a new-again to me skill.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was taught, sort of, by a master knitter years ago; but since that time my skills have completely eroded.  I knew enough to get my daughter started last year, but that’s about it.  But I am determined to keep working on it until my skills improve!