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Thread: Thread Turner, holy cow

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    Super Member Rosyhf's Avatar
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    Guys and Dolls, guess what? I have invented my own thread turner hahahahah

    Anyway, someone posted one by a company and it was very expensive but made a lot of sense.

    I took one of those empty dvd cases with the spindle in the middle, I left the clear disk in there, placed the thread on and put that on a block, put an office clip on one of my machine spindles, in order to guide the thread and it works great.

    Now the stitches are very nice but I think if I got a 3 or 4 inch lazy susan, it would fit right under the clear disk and it might even be better. I will just have to go out to the hardware and will get back with you guys on it.
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    The thread should be coming off the top of that spool since it's a cross wound spool. Take the spool holder off the box and just set it behind your machine.

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    Great Idea, never thought to use a clippie glide, thats good too, :) Clever Quilters love it !!

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    I am impressed with your ingenuity. I think though, that because of the way the thread is wound, it is designed to feed evenly off the top, so if you put your great little thread holder gadget on the same level as the machine and then thread through your little clipper thingy, it might feed nicely without a lazy susan. Just a thought. I have a thread holder (plastic, got it for about 5 bucks), that has my thread sit upright and then has a little finger like thing above it that the thread goes up over and then to the machine and it works great. I use it primarily when I wind the bobbin with the thread I use in the bobbin for embroidery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen
    The thread should be coming off the top of that spool since it's a cross wound spool. Take the spool holder off the box and just set it behind your machine.
    I watched a video of this thread on the new gagets deal and the guy said that the thread twist when it comes off the cone and doing it this way, it will not twist. I don't think it matters how the thread is put on a cone but I think it would be better if it didn't twist as it comes off.

    I compared stitches of both ways. This way looks nicer but i don't think it such a big deal but it's free and that makes it great lol.

    I did have it set behind the machine before but like this better.

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    Quilters are a brilliant bunch, aren't we! :thumbup:

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    How clever and I have one sitting right here and never thought about it :lol: Thanks for the tip :thumbup:

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    Once again good old creativity comes through! Great Idea.

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    Thank you for sharing this tip with us :D:D:D

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    How clever of you! Now, I'm probably dense but I don't understand what Scissor Queen and others say about cross-wound thread and that it has to come off the top... Will someone explain it so I can understand? Is'nt all thread cross-wound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnnaK
    I'm probably dense but I don't understand what Scissor Queen and others say about cross-wound thread and that it has to come off the top... Will someone explain it so I can understand? Is'nt all thread cross-wound?
    I know this has been talked about a lot in the board, but can't find it right now. Although this website it talking specifically about specialty threads, it does a nice job of illustrating the different ways threads can be wound. This part applies to all threads, not just the specialty ones. Hope it helps. http://www.quiltuniversity.com/difficult_threads.htm

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    I just went there lol and true it says cross would thread should come off the top. I truly can't see the difference. But it could well be because these cones go on a long arm they have to be able to come off the top but I think it can go the other way when on a domestic. It works so well.

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    That is neat Rosy! Thank you for sharing. What a great idea!


    I watched a video of this thread on the new gagets deal and the guy said that the thread twist when it comes off the cone and doing it this way, it will not twist. I don't think it matters how the thread is put on a cone but I think it would be better if it didn't twist as it comes off.

    I compared stitches of both ways. This way looks nicer but i don't think it such a big deal but it's free and that makes it great lol.

    I did have it set behind the machine before but like this better.[/quote]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    I just went there lol and true it says cross would thread should come off the top. I truly can't see the difference. But it could well be because these cones go on a long arm they have to be able to come off the top but I think it can go the other way when on a domestic. It works so well.
    I think you are right about the long arm. Also, I was told to put the cross wound on my Bernina lying down, left to right, which means that the thread would come off the top....in a weird way. Really, until I went to that class, I think I had been doing it wrong all my life with no problem. I know that my featherweight only has one thread spindle, so there is no choice. I really think that as long as it works for you, it doesn't matter...IMHO. I still think your idea is really awesome, I will have to hit my DH up for some of his used CS spindles. ;-)

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    You can get a Dritz cone thread holder most any shope. I have used these for years for cone thread on my domestic and industrial machine. here is a link to AmazonCom that has a picture of one http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-R-Cone-T.../dp/B0019KDYL2
    Or do a search for Cone Thread holder and find other places to purchase one.

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    All I have read about thread spools is that the thread no matter how it's wound should come off a vertical spool. The horizontal spindle is on machines because it's cost effective and for no other reason.

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    I'm eying the CD spindle sitting on my computer desk. I'm going to try this on the weekend.

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    The Dritz cone thread holder is all plastic and after its used for a while, the thread mast starts to bend over. Its better to find one that's all metal. Here are some links to metal ones.

    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/cone-thread-guide.php

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...tand/products/

    http://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/thread.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    All I have read about thread spools is that the thread no matter how it's wound should come off a vertical spool. The horizontal spindle is on machines because it's cost effective and for no other reason.
    That is interesting. Both of my Bernina's have both vertical and horizontal spindles. At the master class we were told to put the crosswound thread on the horizontal thread spool holder and the others (I think it is called stacked - like coats and clarks) on the vertical. I wonder if it varies according to sewing machine manufacturer? The website I referenced earlier says that the crosswound should come off the top, which it would if it were on the horizontal spindle, and the others should come off the side, which it would from the vertical spindle. Bottom line is, whatever you are doing, if it works for you why change? ;-)

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    I still think free is better lol. I do have a couple of those sindles but can't find them lol...when I get the lazy susan, I will check it out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf
    I still think free is better lol. I do have a couple of those sindles but can't find them lol...when I get the lazy susan, I will check it out for you.
    Sounds like a plan! We have our own inventor and invention tester! Yahoo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplefiend
    The Dritz cone thread holder is all plastic and after its used for a while, the thread mast starts to bend over. Its better to find one that's all metal. Here are some links to metal ones.

    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/cone-thread-guide.php

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...tand/products/

    http://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/thread.htm
    I think mine are like the one on superiorthreads. It has a screw hole on each side the screw it to your cabinet...I have ever done that. I have used mine for twenty years, looks like it will last twenty more.

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    Now that is ingenious. Good, sound, workable, reliable solutions that don't cost arms and legs.
    Brava.

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    Wow what a great idea! I had posted in another thread about how expensive that thread spinner is. The dritz ones do not work the same way as the kwik spin that I saw. They work just like a vertical thread holder which still twists thread as it comes off the spool. Unless the thread is on the spool twisted already and it actually UNTWISTS when you sew. Hmmmm

    At any rate I can't tell on my thread which is the top or bottom. They both look the same and it sure looks like the thread comes off both ends the same way.

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    By the way here is the video:
    http://www.martellinotions.com/productvideos.asp

    or
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1H92XKhZT8

    This thread spinner she made is not what everyone is thinking. Watch the video-it's really interesting.

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