Published Jun 22. 2018 - 4 years ago
Updated or edited Jun 22. 2018

Cleaning Wax from Bobbins

Stan Sjursen wites:

Eventually all bobbins pick up enough wax to make threading them difficult or impossible. Moreover, this build up can even increase the tension enough to break the tying thread.

Here's a simple solution shown me by Norm Norlander at a recent Fly fishing Exposition.

Purchase a plastic squeeze glue applicator bottle, the kind with a hollow tube for pinpoint lacquer application. Fill this bottle with a solvent such as lacquer thinner, mineral spirits etc. Now when your bobbin tube becomes clogged simply insert the bottle's tube into your bobbin?s tube and dispense a drop of or two solvent. Work the dispensing tube back and forth a couple of times to thoroughly dissolve the wax then blow out the excess.

Your bobbin will be as clean as new.

First published: 
Jun 17. 2006

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