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Where do I find that start/end of thread on the spool to use?
can't find where to pull the thread on spool.
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Date: 2/22/14 12:20 PM

I tried to use one of my spools of thread yesterday and couldn't find where to pull the thread from so I could thread the machine and wind a bobbin. I wound up pulling off and wasting half of the thread until I got to where the spool was usable. It was some really old thread and I had several spools of the same color so I didn't mind, but it is still frustrating because this situation does occur every once in a while.

Does this happen to any of you? What do you do?

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Date: 2/22/14 12:29 PM

Try a needle to find it sometimes they are
At the end at either end or somewhere
In the middle. When I have trouble
I use a needle to find.

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Date: 2/22/14 12:39 PM

Sure, this happens every once in a while.
I've tried rolling the spool around with my fingers on the thread hoping that they will lift the end. Sometimes it works.
More often, though, what happens to me is that I can't get the
@&%$#^* plastic off the cone without cutting some of the threads.

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Date: 2/22/14 1:29 PM

Quote: kajero
It was some really old thread and I had several spools of the same color so I didn't mind, but it is still frustrating because this situation does occur every once in a while.


Since the thread was really old...was it snap tested to make sure it is still strong? It might not be worth struggling with.

Is it a regular type thread spool with the tiny slit to tuck the thread end into? Run a fingernail along the edge of each end until the slit is found...then mark that slit with a bold permanent color pen...so it will always be easy to find it...and the thread end that is tucked there. For new spools the label has to be lifted up slightly to find the thread end.
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Date: 2/22/14 1:51 PM

It snapped, but I use it for "junk" sewing. I mainly use the old thread for sewing muslins or other non-essential sewing. It works okay and doesn't break for that, but I wouldn't use it for a final garment.

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Date: 2/22/14 2:18 PM

That's a great way to use up old thread.

BTW...what type of thread spool is it?

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