All sewing machines have a part called a holder, which rests above the motor and holds spools of thread during machine operation. The thread holder is a two-part system featuring a straight rod and a cap. The spool is placed on the rod, while the cap is slid on top to prevent the spool from flying off while sewing. Many machines, such as antique Singers, have a vertical thread holder that does not limit the size of the spool. Compact models with a horizontal thread holder, however, can only support spools of a certain height. Free-standing thread holders may be purchased to work around this limitation.
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Things you need
- Cone thread holder
- Oversized thread spool
Place the sewing machine on the table.
Stand the conical base of the thread holder on the table to the right of the sewing machine.
Insert the thread guide and thread spindle into the base.
Lower a large spool of thread onto the spindle.
Run the thread over the elevated thread guide and into the sewing machine as normal.
Tips and warnings
- For a sturdier set-up, nail the thread holder base directly into the table or wall.
- A wall-mounted or free-standing spindle rack may also be used to hold large spools of thread while in use. Quilters use this type of set-up frequently.
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