While I was recording TV shows at the Sewing With Nancy studio, I was looking for various sewing notions and found three Bobbin Towers filled with sewing bobbins in a rainbow of colors. (You only need one bobbin tower, sometimes I’m slightly obsessive!) The thought came to me that I should share why I am so fond of this sewing notion. It’s official name is the Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower. Here’s how I use it.

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by Clover

The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower has six bobbin wheels on a stand. You can see thread colors at a glance.

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverEach wheel holds five bobbins. The Stack ‘n Store Bobbin Tower organizes up to 30 bobbins.

Nancy Zieman's Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverWrap loose thread ends around bobbin. Slide bobbin into wheel section. Stack wheels on bobbin tower stand.

Nancy Zieman Stack 'n Store Bobbin Tower by CloverBobbin Thread Showcase

Bobbin thread generally takes a back stage role. Since this blog features bobbin thread, I’d like to show you how to bring the bobbin thread to the forefront. I call the technique Undercover Stitching!

Nancy Zieman Tablet Keeper Template and Bobbin Tower by Clover

Undercover Stitching

During the first program of the 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Techie CoversI detail the undercover stitching technique. You can watch this program episode online! There are two other featured techniques: E-appliqué tips and How to Stitch Techie Circles.


I wound a few bobbins with 12 wt. decorative thread and stored the extra ones in my Stack ‘n Store Bobbin TowerThen, added undercover decorative stitching to the fabric of my Tablet Keeper, a cover for my iPad.

To create these unique e-tablet covers, use Clover’s E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keeper Templates and Tablet Keeper 2.0. The original Tablet Keeperhas sizes to fit the iPad Mini, original Kindle, plus others.  The Tablet Keeper 2.0 is designed to fit the Nook, Kindle Fire, and many more tablets.

E-Tablet & Paper Tablet Keepers Nancy ZiemanUndercover Stitching Showcase

I know that not all of you clicked to watch the video, sigh…  To give you a little idea of what you may be missing, here are the highlights of Undercover Stitching (otherwise known as bobbin work).

  • Wind 6- or 12-weight thread in the bobbin, using conventional bobbin winding techniques. I selected Madeira’s Decora 6 wt. thread. Note: If your machine has difficulties winding heavier thread, wind the thread by hand. Thread the needle with all-purpose thread.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

  • Insert the bobbin into the bobbin case.
  • Back the fabric with interfacing, and add a second stabilizer and length of interfacing in the stitching area. Then, mark the stitching line on the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Choose a nonsatin, decorative stitch. An outline or open stitch is best suited for bobbin work. Lengthen the stitch for best results. Test the stitch on a sample fabric.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Ziema

  • Check the look of the stitch on the right side. My test stitch had a few hiccups! So, I adjusted the settings, lengthening the stitch. It doesn’t always go perfectly for me either!

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

  • Helpful Hint! Some machines handle heavier thread in the bobbin if you bypass the bobbin case tension. In short, don’t pass the thread through the bobbin case tension guide.
  • Also, test a variety of stitch settings, lengthening/shortening or narrowing/widening the stitch length and/or width. A straight stitch is also ideal! A narrower stitch width setting was used for the strap.

Sew Techie Covers Nancy Zieman

The Undercover Stitching idea is just one of 12 techniques found in Sew Techie Covers! Check out all the options!

Nancy Zieman Sew Techie Covers for your iPad and other Tablets

Watch Sew Techie Covers Online.

To watch Sewing With Nancy on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone, download the app.

Sew Techie Covers as seen on Sewing With Nancy. How to sew an iPad cover

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Bye for now,

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