Cotton Reel Organiser

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Project by Don Johnson posted 02-24-2017 12:04 PM 1288 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife, Avril, is a keen patchworker, and although she has in the past concentrated on hand-stitched items like quits, with problems due to arthritis nowadays she is having to use her sewing machine more. I had already made a pine top for the unit upon which her machine stands, with an ‘upstand’ at the rear to stop items falling off the back. So, when she asked for a unit to organise her sewing threads so that she could easily see what colours she has – rather than searching through boxes – it seemed a good idea to modify a design I saw somewhere on the Internet to go on the pine top.

It is by no means ‘fine woodworking’ – just pieces of pine glued and pinned together – with sections of bamboo skewers (stolen from her kitchen drawer) acting as spindles for the reels. The cut-outs in the supports fit over the ‘upstanding’, ensuring that the unit is located firmly, but allowing it to be slid to the left or right, depending upon where she is working.

A later modification was the addition of a bar for the spare bobbins, but this needed retaining strips to stop the bobbins being accidentally knocked off.

Avril is pleased with the functionality of the unit, but we also agree that it make a pleasing colourful display in her workroom.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#1 posted 02-24-2017 02:13 PM

Very well organized and nicely built.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-24-2017 02:54 PM

Great little project that I am sure is appreciated on a daily basis. Nice work Don!

-- Seeing is believing.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 06:33 PM

Looks like that will work fine.
Good job. I like the pine.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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