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    Old 07-16-2013, 10:00 AM
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    Default Invisible Thread Problem - Solved.

    This isn't exactly a sewing tutorial, but it has step-by-step instructions and photos, so I put it here.

    Recently I had a problem using invisible thread on my vertical spool pin. Because of the nature of invisible thread, if any slack came into the thread, it would unwind, fall past the spool, and then tighten around the pin when I started sewing again. I came to this board to see if there was an answer. Unfortunately, most of the answers were for horizontal spools.

    I puzzled over this and finally came up with a solution. It looks silly, but most things I think up usually do. (Just ask my wife.) Here are the steps along with photos. I use Coats and Clark thread that has the groove all the around the edge of the spool for securing your thread.

    1. Cut two 3/4 inch strips from an index card, then cut them in half.

    2. Place the spool on the end of each piece of index card and trace it. Shown in Sharpie for clarity.

    3. Cut along the line.

    4. Insert the cut edge of the index cards into the groove of the spool. In the photo it looks like the spool is simply sitting on top of the strips, so . . .

    5. This is where you can laugh. It looks like the top of a propeller beanie, I know.

    6. Here it is on top of my machine.

    Now if the thread unwinds, it can't get past the bottom edge.

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    Old 07-16-2013, 12:34 PM
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    great, and best of all, simple solution! Thanks for doing this practical and tutorial; good job.
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    Old 07-16-2013, 12:38 PM
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    I've had that happen with regular thread, too.

    Great idea!
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    Old 07-16-2013, 01:33 PM
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    Hey if it works, that's all that matters. I think it looks cute.
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    Old 07-16-2013, 01:43 PM
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    Well, this is the way great things are born. Keep it up. One day you will reap the benefits.
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    Old 07-16-2013, 02:01 PM
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    I've had exactly the same problem. Thanks for the solution.
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    Old 07-17-2013, 03:02 AM
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    That is a great solution - well done
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    Old 07-17-2013, 03:05 AM
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    I had this same problem with my long arm. I got a styrofoam place and punched a hole in it and put it under the spool
    of thread. It worked out great too! 4js
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    Old 07-17-2013, 03:10 AM
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    Thanks for the tip,will definatly try it...........
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    Old 07-17-2013, 06:06 AM
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    Very, very clever. Thanks for sharing your tip.
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