I loved watching MacGyver. He always managed to save the day with a paper clip, a wire and a bit of gum. I had a dilemma of my own this weekend - how to wrap 4 yards of thread on to each of 150 bobbins without going crazy.
While there was no gum involved in my jury-rigged solution, there was electrical tape, plumbers putty, a beater, and a rubber band winder from an old airplane toy.
If you remember from yesterday, the trick was how to wind 150 bobbins with about 4 yards of color-coordinated thread (because who really wants to go out to buy matching thread when you only need 4 yards?) and not lose our minds.
The solution was perfect and very lucky. How many of you can put your hands on a toy airplane rubber-band propeller winder on a moments notice. If I had not recently gotten around to unpacking a box siting in the hall since we moved last November I promise you I could not have either. But there it was, my savior, sitting at the bottom of my son's junk drawer. Here is the process in case you ever find yourself in a similar dilemma:
1) Place the end of the thread on a mixer blade stuck upside down in a bowl so it can spin freely.
2) Break off the handle of a manual bobbin winder (used by cross stitchers) and attach to winder using electrical tape and plumber's putty to hold in firmly in place.
4 ) Have foresight 20-years in advance to marry a man who is very handy and thus have children who will do anything that involves any kind of gadget.
5) Pretend to be sad to give up this very fun job to them.
Ta da! 150 bobbins done in no time! :)