Friday, 1 April 2011

Tatting Shuttles and Bobbins

I love Aero shuttles.  I can tat the fastest with them (without the tail though!).  The old English Aeros were by far the best.  They seem to never wear out.  The newer Aeros are still good but not quite as robust and they tend to loose tension over time.  I use both the old and the new ones so I've had to find ways to fix them when they get a bit loose.  One idea is to put a small piece of wide rubber band rolled up in the hole of the bobbin (1/4 inch elastic).  This increases friction between the shuttle and the bobbin and I found that worked well in many cases.

Another I recently came up with are these little rings above.  They are cheap to buy (from office supplies shops and the like) and they fit just right on top of the bobbin as you can see in the photo.  You can add one, or two, or as many as you like until you get the tension the way that suits you.  And you can replace them easily when they wear out.  Simple.

Now of course for someone who likes Aeros, I had to try the Pop-a-Bobbin shuttle.  Very nice, well made (though still a little thick for my liking), lovely to handle.  And it's very pleasant to tat "silently".  But I do have tension problems with them.  I don't know if there are tiny variations in the thickness of bobbins but some work fine whilst others practically "free-wheel"!  Again, the little paper rings came to the rescue.

Also after seeing Fox's, I was then brave enough to change the hook on mine too.  I have two and changed the hook on both.  Really happy with them now as I wasn't getting on very well with the hook that was on them originally.

Now I hope I don't appear too critical of the Pop-a-Bobbin as it really is a lovely shuttle and I think it's great there are people out there who are making all these beautiful shuttles for us to enjoy.

Best wishes,


  1. I agree the old shuttles are the best, mine are .... years old and so far still in good health. But I do not like the hooks on the shuttles I find I was always sticking them into my hand, one reason I dont use them. Give me a shuttle without a hook any day.

  2. I've never had problems with the hooks (we're all different, aren't we!) and I find having to stop to pick up a separate hook to make joins slows me down considerably. So I'm staying with my "hooked" shuttles - I like speed!

  3. A mi me gustan tsmbién estas lanzaderas, pero la bovina se afloja mucho. Ahora, gracias a ti ya se como resolverlo. Besos

  4. Me encanta mucho haber podido ayudarte porque a mi son mis lanzaderas favoritas! (Y perdoname las errores en espanol por favor!)

  5. Thanks for the tip. I am going to give this a try.

  6. I love the Aero's too and use the methods that you use if the bobbins come a problem with the original ones though.
    I love the hooks attached, no need to hunt for that elusive crochet hook LOL
    Joy in OZ


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