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Message Board > Quilters' Corner > Speaking of thread holders.... ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 1/29/13 10:51 AM

thread in a cup

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Date: 1/29/13 11:12 AM

I use this when I have special threads like metallic or mono-filament thread. But I also have a large thread stand that works for large cones such as you see in your link. If you look closely at that photo the thread is wound up by the spindle and over to the next point in the threading path. I think that extra spot by the spindle can add friction and tension problems. They may have done this to have the thread run in the same line as if the cone were sitting at the spindle. I spoke to my dealer and he said that was not necessary. It's best to go directly to the next point in the threading path from the cup.

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Date: 1/29/13 11:13 AM

I know we have talked about this before, but a visual sure helps.

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Date: 1/29/13 11:24 AM

Sometimes I just sit the thread on the table and forgo the cup.

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Date: 1/29/13 4:56 PM

I did see that extra step they used to thread their machine.

I have a thread stand, but I have 2 machines now and I need another one!

I thought was a great idea if you are in a jam and need something fast!

I still thread the normal paths when I use my stand, I don't think I'd start randomly winding thread around weird places first, I wonder what this person's reasoning was?

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Date: 1/29/13 4:57 PM

I have tried that Patti and it was a PITA because it kept tipping over. The last time it fell off the table and rolled onto the floor was my cue that this was NOT working for me!

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Date: 1/29/13 5:41 PM

Not a quilter, but the title caught my eye. I have done this for ages and have an old glass beer mug that is deeper than a spool and it works very well. If your machine has a hole through the thread post it works really well. For my little Kenmore, it seems to prefer the container being on the floor behind the machine. I found this out accidentally because I didn't have room for it on my tiny workspace at work. Tiny Work Space

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Date: 1/29/13 6:03 PM

I took a free motion class and the teacher recommended this, but she also taped a paper clip to the machine by the spool holder and ran the thread from the cup through that. It seemed to hold the thread at the same level as it comes of of the regular spool and worked well for those who tried it.

It was on the class list of supplies..a heavy mug and paper clip..I was puzzling over that before I got to the class!

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Date: 2/2/13 11:49 PM

When you think about how inexpensive a thread holder is though, it isn't worth it. You can use one of the ones from JAs for many years - I have one that cost about maybe 6 dollars?! OH - it's now 7.99 at JAs. And with a 50% or 40% off coupon one of these days it is a steal.The cup or jar tends to fall over when you least expect it too....sigh.

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Date: 2/3/13 6:14 AM

I have this problem with my standard-size spool sometimes backing itself up on a vertical pin. I have tried various tensions, spool felt, etc. Does anyone have this problem (older Brother SM, no serger.)
One sewing guy here said he could reverse the direction the bobbin threads comes out for tension problems?

Garage sale season is coming up and I saw many cones last year, but didn't know you could convert them for a regular machine. Which threads to avoid that work only with sergers?
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