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Thread: Having trouble with "monofilament" thread? Tips

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    Having trouble with "monofilament" thread? Tips

    I didn't used to have any trouble with the "invisible threads, but now using the monoply polyester from Colonial, which I really like the look of, I found it was looping itself around the peg underneath the spool and making terrible messes if I used the spool horizontally. I found that if I used a finger to lift the thread gently as I sewed it was fine. So, a paperclip fixed it all! Found I could do it two ways - on top of the spool or under the spool!

    I kept my tension reduced a bit and took the felt pad off the spool peg. Here are some pictures.
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    You are sooooo clever!!!!
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    Thanks for the tip and I just love the sayings with your signature
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    Thank you for the great tip!
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    thanks so much for that wonderful tip!!!!
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    I can't quite see how you have this set up (after all, the thread's "invisible"!) but are you running the thread through the paper clip as it comes off the spool? Does the spool itself "drag" any with the paper clip on top? I have trouble with invisible thread, and this looks like a clever idea - thanks for clarifying what you've come up with!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tootsie View Post
    I can't quite see how you have this set up (after all, the thread's "invisible"!) but are you running the thread through the paper clip as it comes off the spool? Does the spool itself "drag" any with the paper clip on top? I have trouble with invisible thread, and this looks like a clever idea - thanks for clarifying what you've come up with!
    Tootsie, yes the "thread" does go through the clip right from the spool whether it is above or below it. I've not notices any increased drag, maybe because I took the felt pad off. It has stopped the thread forming loops from the spool that would wrap around the part of the peg under the spool disk. Hope this helps!
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    Very good idea, I have several spools of monfiliment thread and will try your trick.
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    Thanks for the tip, I always have the same problem.
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    very clever. thanks for the tip.

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