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Posted on: 11/24/05 7:13 AM
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I like to purchase large cones of thread for both my serger and embroidery machine. These machines, of course are set up to handle the large cones. But I wanted to also be able to use these cones on my sewing machine, especially when I do decorative stitching, I wanted to be able to use my embroidery thread. This is the solution I came up with.

Using a 3/4" dowel rod I drilled a hole in the center of it, hole size big enough to fit on my sewing machine thread pin without hardly any slack. I cut the length at 5". This way my embroidery thread cones would be supported for the entire height, also with the embroidery thread I have to use extra support at the bottom, using a black rubber four prong support that came with my embroidery thread holder. The serger cones have a smaller center opening but they fit perfectly level with the top of the dowel rod.

Serger Thread on Dowel

Embroidery Thread on Dowel

Hope these pictures help.

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SewVeryTall said... (11/26/05 2:55 PM) Reply
Good idea, Renee! I'm using a piece of plastic drinking straw to extend my vertical thread pin, which does work, but your dowel idea would be sturdier. Another idea for the bottom of the cone, is to push a regular large spool of thread up inside until it 'jams in there'.
inkyannie said... (11/25/05 7:33 AM) Reply
Very good Idea! I have been sitting my cones on the table at the end of my machine and the other day it got tangled. I will get my hubby on this as soon as he makes my thread rack. Only been waiting about 3 mos.
ReneeSews said... (11/25/05 5:24 AM) Reply
It does work like a charm! Another idea for the bottom support would be a thin circular piece of wood with a hole drilled in the center, if you don't have the rubber supports.
Mary Stiefer said... (11/24/05 9:37 PM) Reply
Thanks for the pictures Renee. This looks like a great idea. I can see what you are talking about. The dowel works like a charm.
ReneeSews said... (11/24/05 8:33 PM) Reply
Mary Stiefer said... (11/24/05 11:38 AM) Reply
I must be a little dense - but - could you also show us the thread you intend to use with this. I just want to see how far the cone sits on the dowel. Just curious.
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