Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

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Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by crazy4oldcars » Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:56 am

Can I get some recommendations for bobbin holders for these itty-bitty, teeny-tiny little Pearsall's bobbins? :oops: :lol:
The holder still needs to be big enough not to get lost in the cr...ud on my tying table.
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Or maybe I am. I sure do like the looks of the C &F Midge.....

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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by JohnP » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:30 am

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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by letumgo » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:34 am

I use a Wasatch ceramic bobbin, designed specifically for the small Pearsall's silk spools. Wasatch also stands behind their breakage warranty. I accidentally broke the ceramic tube on an earlier model, and the promptly replaced the bobbin at no charge.

I have also tyed with a Matarelli Midge bobbin and hated it. The metal tube had a sharp edge and kept cutting the silk apart. I sent it back and exchanged it for the Wasatch version, and have been very happy with it. The ceramic tube is extremely smooth, so it does not fray the silk. It works great, and I highly recommend it.

Wasatch Silk Bobbin: (same one that JohnP mentions above)
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Matarelli Midge Bobbin:
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by tie2fish » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:39 am

What Ray said. The Wasatch is by far the best.
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by JohnP » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:44 am

Looks like we're all on the same page. ;) My only complaint with this bobbin is sometimes I have difficulty getting the arms to loosen up enough to let the thread flow smoothly, so I have to resort to the old thumb and forefinger trick.
Ray, I was surprised you did not like the Matarelli midge bobbin. I don't have one, but my regular Matarelli bobbin is far and away my favorite to use with regular-sized spools of thread.
Great Feathers used to carry the Wasatch bobbins, but when I checked their website, I could not find them. They can be difficult to locate.
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by letumgo » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:57 am

John - I have occasionally had the same issue with the Wasatch bobbin, but instead of bending the arms of the bobbin, I have a "stupid human trick" to reduce the friction. Before I mount the spool of thread, I will slightly spread the bobbing arms and pinch it onto my nose. The balls that hold the silk, pick up a little oil from my skin, reducing the friction. It is a crazy tip, but it is simple and works like a charm. Give it a try (when no one is looking). :D
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by JohnP » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:00 pm

My Dad used "nose grease" on the ferrules of his rod. ;) I will give it a try. Thanks Ray. :)
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by letumgo » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:05 pm

:D My Dad did the same thing. :D
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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by crazy4oldcars » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:14 pm

Found them on Jim's website and called and talked to Ron. He is shipping me a small Wasatch bobbin holder.
I'm running out of excuses, I'm going to have to start tying before long.

Thanks for the recommendations. When the first 4 agree, that would be the way to go!

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Re: Bobbin Holder for Pearsall's Bobbins

Post by zen leecher » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:10 pm

crazy4oldcars wrote:Found them on Jim's website and called and talked to Ron. He is shipping me a small Wasatch bobbin holder.
I'm running out of excuses, I'm going to have to start tying before long.

Thanks for the recommendations. When the first 4 agree, that would be the way to go!

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Ron is the person who steered me towards the Wasatch bobbins.
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