A Lifehack - Bottle Cap Bobbin Holder




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If you have used sewing machine, we trust you have suffered from threads from unfinished bobbins catching and being entangled with each other, scissors, needles or anything in sewing box.

This is an unique, quick(1minute maybe) and most importantly zero-cost solution for such problem. Let's get started!

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Step 1: Tools & Materials


- box knife

- marker


- bottle cap (We tested 8oz water one from US & 500ml soft drink one from Japan, both of which work fine!)

- Brother genuine bobbin


In some cases holding power of bottle cap onto bobbin could be too loose or too tight due to production tolerance from bobbin and/or cap, which inevitably exists in any molded materials & could take place purely by luck.

Step 2: Check If Your Bobbin Fits

Just try fitting bobbin into the cap prior to next step, making sure it could be too tight/loose as mentioned at tools & materials.

Step 3: Slit the Cap With a Knife

Firmly hold the cap on flat surface & cut to make 2mm slit diagonally (approx. 45 degrees)

Step 4: Paint the Slit With a Marker

Trace the slit with a marker to make it stand out before you forget :)

Step 5: Done! Enjoy Sewing!!

Step 6: For Your Information: Solution at Cost

FYI, this is genuine "bobbin clip" accessory from brother.


Thank you!



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    8 Discussions


    1 year ago

    The bottle caps are a perfect free alternative to the Brother SaboClip 10 pack

    at $10.00 U.S. plus shipping charges. ☺

    5 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you very much for your comment. Our primary wish is to get people more engaged with sewing activities :)


    Reply 1 year ago

    Showing people how to save money and also pursue their interests at the same time is one of the best ways to get them engaged, I agree. ☺


    Reply 1 year ago

    The 10 pack does get you 10 additional bobbins with the clips. Nice hack that I can use with my Project Runway machine. Thanks @d-faB!


    Reply 1 year ago

    Dear stickmop,

    Great to learn you are an owner of Brother sewing machine!

    Looking to your instructables with sewing. (not sawing :))