Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower | National Sewing Month

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I had the pleasure of chatting with today’s guest, Nancy Zieman back at Spring Market and am excited to welcome her back to the blog for National Sewing Month.

Learn how to use a Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower to keep your threads straight  during National Sewing Month on The Sewing Loft

Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower

by Nancy Zieman

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, sometime I’m slightly obsessive.)

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by Clover

The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower has six bobbin wheels on a stand. See thread colors at a glance.

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverEach wheel holds five bobbins. The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower organizes up to 30 bobbins.

Nancy Zieman's Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverWrap loose thread ends around bobbin. Slide bobbin into wheel section. Stack wheels on bobbin tower stand.

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverBobbin Thread Showcase

Bobbin thread generally takes a back stage 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.

Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Template and Bobbin Tower by Clover

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 program online! Or, watch on Public TV.

Sewing With Nancy Online

In this first episode you’ll learn these three easy stitching techniques:

  1. E-appliqué tips
  2. How to Stitch Techie Circles
  3. 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!

E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Nancy ZiemanUndercover 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.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

  • 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 nonsatin, 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.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Ziema

  • 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!

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

  • 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.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

The Undercover Stitching idea is just one of 12 techniques found in Sew Techie Covers! Check out all the options!

Nancy Zieman Sew Techie Covers for your iPad and other Tablets

Watch Sewing With Nancy on your iPad, iPod, or iPhone!

There are 52 Sewing With Nancy programs to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

Sewing With Nancy app

Thank you Heather for asking me to share one of my favorite sewing notions and for celebrating national sewing month!

Bye for now,

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A big Thank You to Nancy for stopping by to visit again this year, she has been super busy this month!  Stay tuned, Sara from Craft Snob is wrapping up the month with her post tomorrow.

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  1. Very cool bobbin tower! My bobbin thread is always everywhere, this would hold it in place nicely!

  2. I have one of these and I love it with one exception, I wish they would lock together a bit better because they’re always falling apart. And I think I need another one, I’ve tried to keep regular thread on one color & embroidery bobbin thread on the other but I’m running out of space on the regular thread.

  3. ellisonlanequilts says

    A really neat gadget. Thanks for sharing with us Nancy!

  4. Thanks for sharing I really love that tower.

  5. Jean Halloran says

    the tower would certainly keep my sewing area a lot more tidy.

  6. Sharon Townsend says

    I just love the tower ,that would help in a small space.

  7. sweetcherritree says

    A bobbin tower, very cool! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  8. Patti Feustel says

    How cool, would help keep things a little more tidy!! Thanks!

  9. Gee somedays I only wish I lived in the USA because of all the great competitions you guys have. However, I love the bobbin tower idea and need to get one for my sewing area. So thank you Nancy and Heather for imparting your skills and knowledge to further my crafting life! Julie

  10. What…no more bobbins and thread rolling amuck?! Wow!!!

  11. I think I’m picking up some heavy decorative threads. THank you Nancy – for being so real. GOod to see that you are not always perfect. 😛

  12. Peggy Underhill says

    Another good idea. Thanks

  13. Joyce Stiehler says

    thanks for sharing!

  14. Ronda Halvorsen-Ferns says

    I find bobbins half full everywhere!
    Thanks Heather for all you do!

  15. Great idea for keeping bobbins together

  16. InaClaire Culley says

    Thank you for sharing all this wonderful things InaClaire Culley

  17. I have bobbins in too many places. This would solve my problem.Thank you!

  18. There are always such great ideas here! Thank you for providing a terrific idea for scattered bobbins.


  20. Patricia Hart says

    Winning a Baby Lock sewing machine would make a long time dream come true! I could tell all of my friends and invite them over to try it!

  21. should solve my problem!

  22. The bobbin tower is really neat.

  23. Darlene Azzinaro says

    great ideas for gifts thanks.

  24. MS Barb Dawson says

    interesting notion–thank you for sharing your personal likes w/ us!

  25. Inita Bermudez says

    I like the notions, and the give away.

  26. Wonderful ideas! Looking forward to the giveaway!!!

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