Pearsall's Silk Adapter

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Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by letumgo » Sun Aug 30, 2009 1:49 pm

Here is a little do-it-yourself project for anyone that wants to use Pearsall's Silk Spools on a full size bobbin.

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Materials:
Empty thread spool
Wooden Dowel (5/16" Diameter X 15/16" Long)

Tools:
Hacksaw
Sandpaper
Cordless Drill

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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by skunkaroo » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:15 pm

Now that is very clever!

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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by narcodog » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:23 pm

Very neat
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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by letumgo » Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:36 pm

This was simple meant as a proof of concept, to see if it works. I'm happy to say it worked well in its first test. It only took a few minutes to make.

I wish I knew someone in the plastic injection molding business. I think this could be a nice product. Heck, if they were cheap enough, you could buy a few and keep your favorite spools of silk in the larger bobbin. It would be nice if the larger ends screwed together to hold the silk spool in place.
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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by Soft-hackle » Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:23 pm

Excellent! Ray, you could make money from this. If someone with some initiative gets a look at this, they'll steal it.

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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by Roadkill » Mon Aug 31, 2009 11:44 am

Excellent-will be making some soon.

Thanks for the post!
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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by Joe Billingsley » Mon Aug 31, 2009 12:02 pm

Has anybody used the YLI silk thread? Here's one source:
http://www.roserushbrooke.com/yli-silk-thread-1.html
It comes in many, many colors and comes on a standard spool and is a lot less expensive than Pearsall's. I know it isn't the traditional silk thread company, but.....

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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by William Anderson » Tue Sep 01, 2009 4:06 pm

Way to go, Ray.
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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by 5feathers » Tue Sep 01, 2009 6:33 pm

That is extremely clever.
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Re: Pearsall's Silk Adapter

Post by Stephen » Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:14 pm

Had a friend from across the ocean make these for me.

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