How To Use Large Spools Of Thread On Sewing Machine

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Those who want to know how to use large spools of thread on sewing machine can try two methods. First, we’ll discuss transferring thread from large cones to small ones and making a stand if you don’t buy one. Second, you will also learn how to use a spool holder if you’re still unfamiliar with it.

Speaking of which, read this guide on how to use a thread cone on a sewing machine. It contains innovative ways to use a thread cone as well. 


How Do You Use Large Thread Cones On A Sewing Machine?


How to transfer a large cone of threads to small spools of threads 

If you have a large cone thread, it should still be easy to use on the sewing machine if you transfer it to small or regular thread spools. This is why it’s always helpful to keep empty spools from various projects. 

  1. Prepare the small thread spools, a double-sided tape, and a bobbin
  2. Place a piece of tape on the thread spool and use it to secure the bobbin on top
  3. Place the large thread cone in a cup to keep it from rolling 
  4. Find the holes on the opposite end of the spool and have the thread through one of them 
  5. Place the structure on the sewing machine’s bobbin winder to allow it to wind the assembly for you
  6. Hold the thread and guide it through the thread spool for the winding to go smoothly
  7. Repeat the process until you finish transferring all the thread to the small spools 

How to make your own thread stand

Transferring a large cone thread to small thread spools is an easy way to use a large cone thread on the sewing machine. However, those working on a massive project will constantly need to replace the spool once it empties. If you just want to use the cone thread directly, use a thread stand instead to buy or make yourself. 

  1. Prepare an old CD case and take off its spindle
  2. Stabilize the spindle by weighing it down with old CDs
  3. Tip-over the thread spool over the spindle
  4. Place a safety pin on the thread stand and run the thread through its eye for added security
  5. Place the thread stand close to your sewing machine and thread it as usual

If you’re new to threading, here is how to thread a Brother sewing machine as an example. 


Can I Use Cone Thread On My Sewing Machine?

You can use a cone thread on the sewing machine even if it’s not a serger model. Cone threads are usually meant for use on overstitch, but you can improvise to use them on a regular sewing machine. A typical spool will significantly container lesser thread, so you will benefit from the larger cone thread if you’re working on a big project since you won’t need to do frequent changes. 

The easiest way to use large spools of thread or cone threads on a sewing machine is with a thread stand. However, you can also place it behind your sewing machine then guide the thread up and over a chair before threading your sewing machine. Some even place the cone thread inside a cup instead to keep it from tilting or falling. 


How Do You Use A Thread Spool Holder?

Identify if you’re using a cross-wound spool of thread or stacked thread. For a cross-wound spool, you can use a horizontal thread spool holder or a free-standing holder compatible with this spool type.

  1. Mount a foam pad on the thread spool pin to keep the thread from getting caught behind the spool 
  2. Place the spool cap over the end of the spool to secure the mounting
  3. Place the spool on the pin and have the thread through the designated guide of the thread stand
  4. Have the thread stand close behind the sewing machine
  5. Thread the sewing machine via the guide near the spool pin and 

How Do You Use Thick Thread On A Sewing Machine?

You will use a thick or heavy-duty thread when the materials are challenging for a typical thread. For example, denim will need a stronger thread to keep the project together. The same also applies to leather, canvas, and even heavy-woven materials. 

How to sew with a thick thread

  1. Check if you’re using the correct needle because it should be big enough to accommodate the thick thread
  2. Thread the sewing machine as usual but select the correct tension
  3. Install the ideal sewing foot so you can sew more comfortably with the thick thread
  4. Test the sewing machine set-up on a piece of scrap fabric
  5. Check if the stitches are satisfactory for the project 

What Part Of The Sewing Machine Keeps The Thread In Position?

The part of the sewing machine responsible for keeping the thread in position is the thread guide. This is why it’s crucial to read your model’s manual to know how to thread your machine correctly. Then, follow the order of the guides to avoid issues during sewing. 


And that’s it! To recap how to use large spools of thread on sewing machine, you can transfer the thread cone into smaller thread spools or make your own thread stand if you don’t want to buy one. You can also place it on the ground if these two options are still not viable for you.

We hope this was a helpful read. Leave a comment below if you still have any. 

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