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    How to make your own cone thread holder

    How to Make Your Own (really cheap!) Cone Thread Stand

    I have not been able to find a sturdy stand locally to use with cone threads. The only ones Iíve seen are attached to the table of industrial sewing machines. Purchasing one in the U.S. and having it shipped down has not seem cost-effective. Enter my homemade solution:
    1. Take the plastic spindle of a CD case (we buy a lot of blank CDs around here!). For this purpose, you need one with a tall spindle.

    2. Just in itself it is rather flimsy, but if you stack some old, discarded CDs on it, you will be weighing it down. (You can also lift the plastic disk and place small BB pellets under the disk to weigh it down. But old CDs work fine for me.)

    3. Place your cone on top, and forget about it tipping over!

    4. To complete the holder, place a small safety pin on your spool holder, and run the thread through the eye. Then thread your machine as usual.

    A nifty, cheap, practical solution.
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    cool-great idea
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Upnorthcrafter

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    thanks for the cool idea.

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    Great idea. I love innovative people. Thank you for sharing. Yolanda Wood River

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    Thanks will have to try it out. I have cone threads but haven't used and was going to buy the cone holder. Thanks for sharing.
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    OMG! You're a genius!!

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    clever idea. will have to try it.

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    I am a visual type person. Could you post a picture. Great idea.

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    Great idea. I bought that flimsy thing JoAnn's sells and it went right in the trash. Instead of a CD case, I just slip my cones in a coffee mug, then run the thread up through a safety pin.
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    Than's a great idea too! I have seen it done.
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    This wasn't my idea I found it on Facebook
    http://blog.ajpadilla.com/2010/09/11...-thread-stand/
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    I just put a medium-sized spool on and then the cone spool over it. Does the job in preventing the cone from falling off when sewing.

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    Very good use of RECYCLABLE goods.
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    I used a wood paper towel holder I picked up for $1.50 at Goodwill. I had my DH put a eye screw in the top to run the thread through. The thread cone sits on the spindle for the paper towel.
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    My God what a wonderful idea where in the world did you get the idea , Bless you maybe you should write a book about using things around the house for use .

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    What a great idea. And, keep the top if it is one of the tall ones. It would keep your thread clean, and be a great little case for carrying all those quilting gadgets to the retreats that we all like to go to.

    I'll be using this idea very soon.


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    Great idea!!! I need one!!
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    I always just stick the cone in a coffee mug or pint size canning jar...works.

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    A friend of mine gave me a huge, and I mean HUGE, cone of white thread. It is 8 1/4" tall and 7" wide. It weighs at least 5 pounds. She found it at Goodwill for $2 and thought of me. I don't think a couple of CDs are gonna weight that sucker down but I'm going to work with your idea and see what I can come up with. I want to use it!!!!

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    another way to use the big cones is to use a banana holder and place the cone on the base and hang the thread on the hook behind the machine then thread like you always do. works great.

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    Excellent idea, like they say, a pics worth a 1000 words

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    Thank you so much. I bought some cone thread on sale thinking I was being so smart. Then I got home and realized I couldn't use it without a holder. The prices I have seen on the ones that would work (and weren't for the industrial machines) were too expensive for me. I appreciate your sharing. Patti

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I used a wood paper towel holder I picked up for $1.50 at Goodwill. I had my DH put a eye screw in the top to run the thread through. The thread cone sits on the spindle for the paper towel.
    Clever you. What a neat idea. You get the Golden Globe for being a bright spark. Congratulations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwessel47 View Post
    A friend of mine gave me a huge, and I mean HUGE, cone of white thread. It is 8 1/4" tall and 7" wide. It weighs at least 5 pounds. She found it at Goodwill for $2 and thought of me. I don't think a couple of CDs are gonna weight that sucker down but I'm going to work with your idea and see what I can come up with. I want to use it!!!!
    Wow, that is one BIG cone. Maybe Maggie Lou's idea of the wooden paper towel holder would work. If it should still want to topple over nail another base to it but make it bigger all around. A late member of our little group had her DH put heavy hardwood bases on all our spool holders and the wood he used came from the original cupboards in my house which is somewhere around 100 years old. Never had any trouble after that.

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