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Thread: Invisible Thread Problem - Solved.

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    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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    great, and best of all, simple solution! Thanks for doing this practical and tutorial; good job.

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    I've had that happen with regular thread, too.

    Great idea!

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    Hey if it works, that's all that matters. I think it looks cute.

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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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    I've had exactly the same problem. Thanks for the solution.

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    That is a great solution - well done
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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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    Thanks for the tip,will definatly try it...........
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    Very, very clever. Thanks for sharing your tip.

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    Well I haven't had that problem, yet! but will definitely keep it near. Just took photo of it from my phone. Thanks!

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    good idea, is your machine a Singer 401 A or 501 A? I have one of each.
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    Very nice tutorial .. Great thinking also !! Thanks for sharing ...
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    Necessity is the mother of invention. You know we're all going to try this!

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    "Necessity" is the "Mother of Invention".
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    Sometimes the simple solutions are the best, and low cost to boot. Congratulations on your ingenuity.

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    What a great solution. Thanks for sharing.

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    What if you cut a circle larger than the spool, punched a hole in the center and glued it to the bottom of the spool?

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    Necessity is the mother of invention (or so I've heard) Great solution to a problem we have all shared. I solved it by using a sleeve on the spool. that works too

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    Good idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I just cut out the narrowest part of a ladies stocking, then slip it over the spool with the thread coming out the top. Works perfectly!
    Being skinny isn't easy, so I gave up and opted for being sexy instead. (aunty acid)

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    I have to give this a try, hate working with invisible thread

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    cool idea thank you
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    What a lovely idea. I am going to try this for sure.

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    Great solution to an annoying problem.

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    Excellent...thanks for sharing...you've solved my problem as well...I had just about given up using invisible thread on my older machine that only has a vertical pin...
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