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Posted By: GUEST,Anne Croucher
17-Jul-04 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Factory Girl
Subject: RE: factory girl
The cotton bobbins were/are rather larger than those used in a sewing machine.

Different machines used different sizes of bobbin, and they were constantly reused. Even though they were made of quite good wood they would eventually become too damaged to use, and were discarded, and there were quite a number of toys made from them - I have a couple of songs which mention bobbin toys and skipping ropes in particular, the skipping ropes were made from bobbins which had lost the disk of wood from one end.