Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?

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A couple of years ago or so, I saw a sale for cones of thread at a
very good price so I bought a couple.  I've since never been able to
figure out how to use them on my regular sewing machine.  When I went
around Xmas to fabric store, they told me that those were for sergers
and that I couldn't use them in any way on a regular sewing machine.

Well, I've never been one to believe something can't be done until
I've exhausted all avenues.  I _still_ may not have figured out what I
can do to use the cones on the single slim spindle on my Singer but
thought maybe someone here had created something that would do the
job.

I thought it couldn't hurt to ask.

Has anyone figured out anything that works?

Thanks.  :oD


Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
Craftsy wrote:
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You could try something like this:
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Either to hold the cone and then thread to the rest of the  
needle-threading path, or to hold the cone and wind bobbins,  
then use them in place of spools.

I have a couple like that, I use them when I need to use  
serger cones on my Singer.

NAYY,

--  
Beverly
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Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
On Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:13:04 -0700, "BEI Design"

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I KNEW it; I just knew there had to be something out there, either
that I could buy or make.  I'll print that page out and take it to
that store to see if they sell this type of thing.  Good thing I don't
trust one person's answer and let that discourage me <g>.

Thanks!  I also love the idea of going and going and going without
running out of thread, too!

Cheers.  :oD


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Craftsy wrote:
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Your local fabric store probably has them on the notions  
wall.

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???  Perhaps you received a reply from someone in my  
killfile, I did not see any other rely than my own.

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You're welcome.  If you sew lots of black, white, navy, and  
red, serger thread probably works fine, although keep in  
mind that it is not as high a quality thread as sewing  
machine thread.  Serger thread is manufactured with a  
specific use in mind:  Serging.  ;-}  And since serging lays  
down three or four threads each pass, it has to be somewhat  
less bulky than regular sewing thread.

I like to color-match thread to fabric as closely as  
possible, so serger threads do not do for much of my sewing.

--  
Beverly
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:Craftsy wrote:
:>  "BEI Design" wrote:
:[...]
:>
:> > > Has anyone figured out anything that works?
:> >
:> > You could try something like this:
:> > (Amazon.com product link shortened)
:> >
:> > Either to hold the cone and then thread to the rest of
:> > the needle-threading path, or to hold the cone and wind
:> > bobbins,
:> > then use them in place of spools.
:> >
:> > I have a couple like that, I use them when I need to use
:> > serger cones on my Singer.
:> >
:> > NAYY,
:>
:> I KNEW it; I just knew there had to be something out
:> there, either that I could buy or make.  I'll print that
:> page out and take it to that store to see if they sell
:> this type of thing.

:Your local fabric store probably has them on the notions  
:wall.

I thinkt the dritz stand to be flimsy and not worth the effort.
Putting the cone on the floor behind the table and using a couple coat
hangers bent ot have thread guide loops (and something to hold them in
place) works just as well.  

:>          Good thing I don't trust one
:> person's answer and let that discourage me <g>.

:???  Perhaps you received a reply from someone in my  
:killfile, I did not see any other rely than my own.

:> Thanks!  I also love the idea of going and going and
:> going without running out of thread, too!

:possible, so serger threads do not do for much of my sewing.

It's possible to buy general purpose sewing threads on large put ups,
not just serger thread.  What you're likely to find in a typical
fabric store is serger thread, but there are plenty of sources for
other threads, too.  

--  
ASCII was good enough for ??????????!

Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
David Scheidt wrote:
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I confess that, in order to answer OP,  I googled for  
"thread cone holder" and selected that one from several  
hits, I have no actual experience with it.  My cone holder  
is very heavy duty, it came with a used industrial machine I  
bought a few years back to do some upholstery.  The machine  
is long gone, I kept the cone holder.

--  
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx




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Be sure to get the one with the cast iron base. The plastic ones tip and do
not stay put well. I can supply it if you can;t find it local.

--
Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine
18 Dingman Rd Sand Lake, NY 12153
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Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
On Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:55:35 -0400, "Ron Anderson"

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Ah well, I saw my cone holder on sale before reading this post.  I got
a plastic-bottomed one.  Well, I'll just have to live with it for now.
I got it on sale so it's not like I paid a fortune for something
flimsy.  I could come up with a way to keep the base more stable if it
becomes a problem.

Thx.


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Craftsy wrote:
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Two words: Duct Tape... .



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I bought one a couple of weeks ago on sale!  I paid just under $8 plus
tax with regular price over $11 so was really happy.  It works very
well.

It's a table-top holder that holds 2 large spools.  I wish now that
there was a way to have bobbins last a long time, too, by having a way
to have access to more bobbin thread! <g>  Ah well, at least now I can
take advantage of those large spools of thread.

Thanks!


Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
I'm not so sure she meant can't use in the physical sense.  The serger
thread is so much more lintier, it will cause problems with lint buildup
  if you're not careful to clean the bobbin area OFTEN.  It can be used
for machine sewing, but is not recommended.
Gen

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Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
On 05/09/2012 02:03, Gen wrote:
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Not so sure about this.  I use a good quality serger/overlocker thread  
and have no problem.  I've had more lint of Gutterman poly thread than  
off my Empress Mills 120's poly.  Gutterman SERGER thread is excellent,  
mind.

When the plastic base of my cone holder failed, Himself glued the bits  
into holes in a block of wood.  Works a treat!

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Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
:On 05/09/2012 02:03, Gen wrote:
:> I'm not so sure she meant can't use in the physical sense.  The serger
:> thread is so much more lintier, it will cause problems with lint buildup
:> if you're not careful to clean the bobbin area OFTEN. It can be used for
:> machine sewing, but is not recommended.

:Not so sure about this.  I use a good quality serger/overlocker thread  
:and have no problem.  I've had more lint of Gutterman poly thread than  
:off my Empress Mills 120's poly.  Gutterman SERGER thread is excellent,  
:mind.

Assuming your talking about spun poly thread, and not something like
'wooly nylon', serger thread is just thread.  Small diameter thread, of
course, but still, just thread.  It works just fine in most machines
(apparently some can't tension small threads well, but I suspect
that's user error.).  

--  
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Most of the common serger thread in the US is Maxilock, which is loosely  
twisted spun poly Tex 27, and often lumpier than standard sewing machine  
thread.  I have an accidental comparison photo here, third photo from the
bottom: <http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/22801244 The neon  
green in the bobbin is Maxilock serger thread, which I wanted for high
visibility.  The black in the needle is Gutermann Mara 100, tex 30, and my
usual thread these days.  The light blue escaping from the accessory box  
is the standard consumer "sew all" Gutermann polyester, tex 30.

I'll use Mara 100 on my sergers, but it's very rare that I'd consider
putting Maxilock on a sewing machine -- I can tell the difference between  
stitch evenness.  And yes, I do know how to tension a sewing machine correctly,  
and match needle size to thread diameter.

(Mara 120, btw, is tex 25, and is also nice thread for light fabrics).

Kay


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Thread stand: http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=700
(and similar devices many other places).

Coathanger wire and a solid base.

However, examine the thread carefully -- is that really stuff you want to
feed through the tension on your sewing machine?  Some is, some isn't.




Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?

I have a cone of thread dangling from my curtain rod, bottom up. Works
fine -- but my sewing machine happens to have a lever with a smooth
hole in it quite close to one of the spool pins.  

I have also set a cone in a box on the floor and run the thread up to
the machine.  The box makes the cone less likely to be knocked over,
and keeps the thread clean if I do kick it.

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Joy Beeson
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Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
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-- HI

I found a thread stand at my fabric shop in the notions department.  It consists
of
a base that a rod screws into, the rod has a curved piece
at top with an eyelet that the thread runs through.
This sits on your table and you thread your
machine as usual.
I hope this helps.







Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 10:40:42 PM UTC-4, Craftsy wrote:
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U can also just get a coffee mug and put it behind your machine and put the spool inside of it and just thread the machine the normal way

Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 7:15:28 PM UTC-7, snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com wrote:
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OK, so you got a cheap cone holder... Now you just need to put the serger thread on a regular spool which is easy to do once you have this gadget...

Each Kit contains 1 E-Z Winder and 4 deep well spools.
http://www.darrsewnotions.com/products/winder.htm



Re: Has anyone ever MacGyvered way to have regular sewing machine hold thread cone?
This advice may be coming way too late, but at least you'll know what you c
an do in the future...

I buy serger thread instead of all purpose thread because it is far less ex
pensive and works just as well.  

In order to use it with my sewing machine, I simply plop the serger spool i
n a coffee cup, place it to the right of my sewing machine and thread my ma
chine as normal. I use the same method to thread bobbins. The only real dis
advantage of the larger serger spools is, I can't store them on a board tha
t I put finishing nails in to store my spools and bobbins on. I am consider
ing rigging a way to use my bobbin winder or rotary tool to refill some emp
ty spools I've been holding onto so that I can store my thread more elegant
ly.

Have a wondrous day!




On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 10:40:42 PM UTC-4, Craftsy wrote:
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