Sunday, July 14, 2013

Thrifty Cone Thread Sewing

Would you like to sew using a cone of thread rather than the smaller spools? It can be done! You don’t need to make any special stands or anything! Just use what you have!


I just used one of my Magnetic Clips from Harbor Freight!


I clipped one onto my horizontal spool pin and sat the cone on the table behind my sewing machine. It worked like a charm.


It also will work with your vertical spool pin holder. Just be careful to keep the thread away from the hand wheel so it doesn’t wrap itself around it.


I made this thread catcher/pin cushion bag while using the clip on my horizontal spool pin, and I had no problems whatsoever with obstruction of the thread path. I love using cone thread!


Amy, from the blog A Quilting Sheep, told me that she uses a clothes pin and puts the thread through the coil, so I tried it. It worked good on the horizontal spool pin, but it didn’t grip very well on the vertical pin. A few clothes pins would be easy to throw in your carry bag when you are going to join friends for quilting, and you could share!

Clothes pin

clothes pin1

Check out what Angie Padilla did HERE. How cool is that?!

safety pin


Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Michelle, What a fabulous idea. I had found quite a few cone threads at my local Charity Shop, I did buy them, because I thought they would be useful to use as tacking thread. I did not imagine I could use them on my Brother machine. I am now on the hunt for one of those magnetic clips.
I love the look of your vintage sewing machines, they look so interesting. I own a couple myself.
I have enjoyed my visit Michelle and so I have become a new follower. I look forward to reading more of your posts..... I am going to catch up on a few whilst I am here.
I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have a moment to spare as you will be most welcome.
Best Wishes

Dora, the Quilter said...

What a great idea! I have a commercial thread stand, a home-made one, and sometimes in the past I've set the cone thread inside a pint jar and set the jar on the floor behind my machine. It hadn't crossed my mind to use a magnetic clip, but I am going to put one in my sewing take-along box for the next time I forget to take my cone stand. Thanks for being creative and sharing!

Kristie said...

Great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind, because I like to switch machines so much and hate taking my cone holder thing to every machine.

Have a wonderful and Blessed day

Renea said...

Great idea!! I am always amazed on how you can come up with ideas that help all of us.

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Elizabeth said...

WOW. Lots of good ideas. Can't wait to try them as soon as the Sewing Loft isn't as hot as a sweat shop.

Connie said...

What a neat idea, I would never have thought of doing that!

Jeanna said...

Thanks for sharing these great tips! I'm storing them away, I know they will come in handy some time!

kath001 said...

I just pinned this ingenious tip. Hope that's okay with you.


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