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Posted on: 3/18/09 8:47 AM
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This one is for the person that doesn't like to buy multiple spools of thread in unusual colors that you will never use again, (like me)! I don't like to buy 3 spools of serger thread for a "one and done" project in a color I don't sew with much.

This is what you need:
Drill with variable speed (so you can go slow).
Assorted drill bits
Empty thread spools

Heres how I do it:
1. Find a drill bit that will fit snugly into the hole on the spool without going all the way through. In other words shove the spool onto the bit until it is stuck on there. Put drill bit into drill.
2. Take a small piece of tape and tape the end of the thread you want to transfer to the spool on the drill bit.
3. Put the spool you are transferring FROM on the ground. Make sure the notch end is on the ground, not on the up end.
4. Leave drill hanging over edge of table, like in 2nd picture in album I posted. If your right-handed, your right hand will run the drill. Your left hand will have the thread running from the floor to spool on drill between your thumb and forefinger.
5. Run drill slowly and and use your left hand to apply tension to thread so it winds snugly and move thread so it winds evenly. If you have ever watched your bobbin wind, you'll know what I mean.
6. That's it!

Now for the price of one spool of thread, you have all you need to sew your project up and you don't have to buy one of those expensive winders I've seen advertised!

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Nancy Rhodes said... (3/31/09 7:35 PM) Reply
I know I kept those X-DH tools for a good reason!
nancy2001 said... (3/31/09 8:52 AM) Reply
I just wind bobbins on my sewing machine and use a Bob'n'Serge.
MadMenFanlinda said... (3/23/09 8:31 AM) Reply
I appreciate your tip and I am a real cheapskate too!
DreinPA said... (3/23/09 7:45 AM) Reply
Funny. I always tape a Gutterman spool to an empty bobbin (they have roughly the same diameter) and throw it on the bobbin winder...
mssewcrazy said... (3/20/09 8:32 AM) Reply
I usually have enough spools as I am a thread a holic but once I had a really large factory spool of this weird blue that this hint would have been perfect for. The thread color seemed to be available no where and I wanted to use my coverstitch and serger on some blue knit to make several pairs of summer shorts and could not as it was just too much trouble so had to just use the one cone on the sewing machine. I am sure this situation will come up again since I have a stash that includes a box of single cones of weird shades that I search when I am not finding what I need so I saved your photos so I can do this. Thanks for showing this tip - it is great!
SusiM said... (3/19/09 1:19 AM) Reply
I have a dremel that would be great for this! thanks for the tip.
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