Wednesday, 13 April 2016

The Saga of the Bobbin Winder

I was visiting my Dad and he likes to work in his shop/garage.  He is always making things and loves a challenge.  I saw some nice thread holders at a conference last year and thought he could build something for me.  We talked some more and I said I would also need a bobbin winder so this is what he came up with.

I had given him three balls of thread of different sizes, that is why you see three sizes of thread holders or spindles.  The winder portion rotates so you can line up the winder and ball.  A wingnut holds the bobbin on the winder and a simple elastic band works as the belt.  He gave me a stash of elastics.  It comes with a little wrench and the whole thing fits inside a custom box, shown below. The base and crank are made of plexiglass.

The video below shows it in action.  It takes me about two minutes to wind a bobbin which includes me taking the whole thing out of it's custom box.  Not bad for a guy of 89 next week. Thanks Dad.


  1. Wow! Wonderful invention, hats off to your dad.

  2. This is so cool ! Your very own handmade, custom designed, with love from your Dad :-) Wishing him a very happy Birthday.

  3. Wow! Great invention. Hats off to your dad!

  4. Very cool. And I like the custom box too.

  5. What a great accessory and made special by your dad. Love it!


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