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Tips & Techniques > Using Sidewinder for Serger Thread Spools

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Posted on: 6/28/09 0:35 AM
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I've tried several ways to use a single cone of serger thread for sewing projects with varying degrees of success. I have the notion that holds bobbins wound with serger thread and it works fine but the amount of thread is just too meager for many projects. I have another thing with specialized spools and an adapter of sorts to hold the spools as they wind using the bobbin winding feature on a sewing machine. I have a Husqvarna Viking now and the adapter doodad won't work on it.

I bought a Sidewinder (rarely met a notion or gadget I didn't want!) to use for winding bobbins for my 2nd machine prior to retreats. I knew it wouldn't work for Viking bobbins but decided to try winding thread on empty Gutterman or Metrosene spools. Eureka! It worked!

I put the serger cone on the floor in a Mason jar or between my feet, thread the Sidewinder, attach the thread to the empty spool by winding it into one of the slits at the end, and then place the spool onto the peg for the bobbin. The actual winding requires some multitasking of sorts. I use my left hand (typically my thumb) to hold the spool on the peg and my left pointer finger to guide the thread as it winds up and down the spool. Centrifugal force will cause the spool to fly off from the peg if you don't hold it down. I use my right hand to hold down the power button to the winding mechanism. You can't just press the button and let the winding go on by itself because the lever that stops the winding when a bobbin is full doesn't come into play when winding on empty thread spools.

This method allows me to wind enough thread to last throughout an entire project even if it is thread intensive. Worked like a charm when I was putting rolled hems on multiple receiving blankets today!

Hope that my directions are clear enough to be useful to you.

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Mirza said... (6/30/09 3:27 PM) Reply
Wow. Cool idea! Now I have to start saving empty thread spools!!!
Patzee said... (6/30/09 0:54 AM) Reply
I didn't think I'd find enough uses for a sidewinder...but now it looks like I have a good use for it!
sewsally said... (6/29/09 12:07 PM) Reply
Thanks for this great tip. I have the sidewinder and will use your suggestion. Now I won't need to buy so many serger cones.
mezzobean said... (6/29/09 10:26 AM) Reply
Wow! That's really a great idea - what a savings over buying multiple cones of serger thread for small projects!
Flying Seamstress said... (6/29/09 6:05 AM) Reply
Thank you for sharing such a useful tip. It's a real gem!
sixcatsterry said... (6/28/09 11:16 PM) Reply
I have been doing the bobbin thing and yes it takes several to do a project. I also own a sidewinder and never thought of doing this. How cleaver!! I am going to try this real soon like this week. Thanks alot.
ryansmumAria said... (6/28/09 4:49 PM) Reply
WOW - thanks so much!! It never occurred to me to even try such a thing. I am so excited to know this as I was about to make a special trip to buy industrial bobbins -lots and lots of them as I need a total of 7 spools of thread for each top I make. coverstitch,overlock and industrial single needle. Thanks ALOT
reneeb4930 said... (6/28/09 10:22 AM) Reply
Thank you, great idea.
maedchen said... (6/28/09 9:49 AM) Reply
I am also gonna try this. Thank you for such a detailed tip!
seweibhlin said... (6/28/09 9:44 AM) Reply
sounds like a great idea- I am going to try this with some of my serger threads,thanks for sharing.
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