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Thread: horizontal or vertical spindle?

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    I've had my machine for about 7 years and have always used the default horizontal spindle for the thread. Now I've just realised :oops: that I can also choose a vertical spindle. Any advantages/disadvantages to horizontal/vertical? Any situations in which the vertical option might be of particular use?

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    I prefer the vertical spindle, just because the spool of thread stands upright when winding bobbins and sewing. I'm sure it doesn't really make a difference, as I have used both types, but, I just prefer the vertical. I assume it is only a personal preference thing or maybe just whatever comes with your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    I've had my machine for about 7 years and have always used the default horizontal spindle for the thread. Now I've just realised :oops: that I can also choose a vertical spindle. Any advantages/disadvantages to horizontal/vertical? Any situations in which the vertical option might be of particular use?
    I went to a class last night and was reprimanded for using the wrong spindle. I was using the horizontal spindle because this is my personal choice but I was also using a spool of Coats cotton. Apparently I should have been using the vertical spindle because this spool is wound using the 'stacked' system. I should only use the horizontal spindle if I am using thread that is wound 'cross grained' on the spool.
    I have to say that I had never realised that there is a difference and I didn't see any difference in my machine stitching.....but that's just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saf

    I went to a class last night and was reprimanded for using the wrong spindle. I was using the horizontal spindle because this is my personal choice but I was also using a spool of Coats cotton. Apparently I should have been using the vertical spindle because this spool is wound using the 'stacked' system. I should only use the horizontal spindle if I am using thread that is wound 'cross grained' on the spool.
    I have to say that I had never realised that there is a difference and I didn't see any difference in my machine stitching.....but that's just me.
    No, i've never heard of this either - and do many threads actually say which sort they are?

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    My bernina is really fussy about about which spindle to use. I couldn't figure out why I was having problems with my thread until I read my manual.:) (Who reads those anyway!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by annesthreads
    Quote Originally Posted by saf

    I went to a class last night and was reprimanded for using the wrong spindle. I was using the horizontal spindle because this is my personal choice but I was also using a spool of Coats cotton. Apparently I should have been using the vertical spindle because this spool is wound using the 'stacked' system. I should only use the horizontal spindle if I am using thread that is wound 'cross grained' on the spool.
    I have to say that I had never realised that there is a difference and I didn't see any difference in my machine stitching.....but that's just me.
    No, i've never heard of this either - and do many threads actually say which sort they are?
    Just did a bit or research - here is a link for a fuller explanation from the experts http://www.quiltuniversity.com/difficult_threads.htm - so now we don't have any excuse. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by saf

    Just did a bit or research - here is a link for a fuller explanation from the experts http://www.quiltuniversity.com/difficult_threads.htm - so now we don't have any excuse. lol
    Wow - what a lot of valuable information! That's gone straight into my Favourites. Could really help with some of the problems I have with my machine. Thanks.

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    Very interesting. I have noticed that sometimes I have to change the way I have the spool set up because of bad stitchng or breaking. Now I know why.

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    Very interesting thread site posted saf. I hadn't really thought about the way the thread feeds but that makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

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    It all depends on how the thread comes off the spool. Those that are cross wound should be used verticaly and those that are not are used horizontaly. It makes the thread come off the spool easier and with less tension on it. It does make a difference in your tension.
    peace :D

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