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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.
    Sometimes if you just play around a little....
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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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    Thanks! This could also come in handy with other threads. Some do seem to like to wrap around the spool holder. Very clever - will definitely give this a try!


    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    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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    Thanks for the tip.
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    What a wonderful tip. Your should post it to the tips section ( wherever that is now?)

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    Great tip, so clever.

    Thanks

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    Great tip. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewflower View Post
    Thanks for the tip, I always have the same problem.
    I had given up on invisible thread for that very reason...now I'll have to try it again.

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    Amazing! Your tip is the best!

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    Thank you so much for sharing the solution to that problem.
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    I have had problems with this thread too. Thanks for the tip. Anxious to try it.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Very clever Kitsie. That is a new one. Thanks! I will remember that.

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    Great idea! I had given up on invisible threads because my Bernina looked like a rats nest the time I attempted this in a machine applique class. Somehow the invisible"fishing line" threads kept tangling in the bobbin as well as popping and curling out all over the top of my appliques. I was so frustrated because any attempts to correct the tension,re-thread,change my new needle only resulted in recurring birds nests. I couldn't use my machine the rest of the class. I said never again and promised myself I'd be safer with my invisible hand applique. I may try your method on another machine. Wish me luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vintage hat View Post
    Great idea! I had given up on invisible threads because my Bernina looked like a rats nest the time I attempted this in a machine applique class. Somehow the invisible"fishing line" threads kept tangling in the bobbin as well as popping and curling out all over the top of my appliques. I was so frustrated because any attempts to correct the tension,re-thread,change my new needle only resulted in recurring birds nests. I couldn't use my machine the rest of the class. I said never again and promised myself I'd be safer with my invisible hand applique. I may try your method on another machine. Wish me luck!
    Hey, Hat please try using "normal" thread in the bobbin. I don't know of anyone that used mono there! I am wishing you luck! Mono does have its uses!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amma View Post
    You are a genius!
    Yeah, I know. Thanks, Amma! LOL LOL
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    Such a smart lady, wonderful idea.

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