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Just a note if you are going to but a Free Standing Spool holder - check out the one made by Superior. It really is superior.
i can't really express how happy it makes me feel that the solution to this problem was to put the thread in a mug.
thanks for such a great smile on such a rainy crappy day
Glad to hear you got your thread problem worked out. I use Superior Monopoly often, without problems. I do have one of those Superior "superior" thread holders though.
Since you solved your problem by putting the thread in a mug, I'm going to assume that you are using a cone of thread, not a spool...because spools and cones are wound differently, a spool has to be in a vertical position for the thread to come off it properly and a spool needs to be horizontal. Just one more thing to think about!
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