Make Your Own Large-Spool Stand

comments (4) June 11th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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You can easily make this large spool stand and cover. The idea is so
simple, and it makes those large bobbin spools super-easy to handle.
Step 1: Here is a picture of the plastic post before (black) and after (white) it has been cut by a third.
Step 2: Drill a hole in the center of the top.
Step 3: Pull the thread through the hole in the top.
Step 4: Replace the cover, and youre ready to go!
You can easily make this large spool stand and cover. The idea is so
simple, and it makes those large bobbin spools super-easy to handle.

You can easily make this large spool stand and cover. The idea is so simple, and it makes those large bobbin spools super-easy to handle.

Photo: Len Hasemann

Recently, one of my customers came in to show me some of her latest projects. She was very excited because she had just gotten her machine and was having lot of fun experimenting with threads and stabilizers. She also had a great idea for making it easy to use her large spool of bobbin thread. She had converted one of those large plastic spools that come with a large package of new CDs into a great and functional stand.

You'll need:

  • An large, empty spool from a package of new CDs
  • Scissors or a knife
  • A drill
  • A large spool of thread
  • Sewer's Aid

Here's how you make it:

Step 1: Cut the plastic post down by a third.

Step 2: Use an electric drill to make a hole in the top of the cover.

Step 3: Put a large spool on the post, and thread the bobbin thread through the hole in the cover.

Step 4: Put the top back on, and your new thread stand is ready to use.

This is a great way to store your bobbin thread because it won’t get dusty. You can also use this thread stand to manage tricky thread. Put some Sewers Aid on the edge of the hole, and it will lubricate the thread as it spools through the hole and into your machine.

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Comments (4)

Sweet_Pea writes: I love this idea too. Normally I don't purchase the very large cones of thread. However, recently I was sent a sample from Fil-Tec to try. I didn't have a large cone holder, so I decided to just try it on my machine's spindle and gently hold the cone while winding a bobbin. Well, the bobbin wound so tight because the cone did not fit properly on the spindle that I could not get the bobbin off the winder.

Moral of the story, be sure to use the proper cone holder. And, I'm glad I tried this will free thread because I had to totally unwind the bobbin to get it off the winder. Glad it didn't cost me any money. But, I will defintely try out this idea next time I want to try this Fil-Tec large cone of tread.
Posted: 2:42 pm on October 25th
JenniferStern writes: Thanks for the tip SharlaOTR...That's a great idea to weight down the base...I'll give it a try.
Posted: 9:43 pm on June 24th
SharlaOTR writes: I have been doing this for a long time. However, I fill the post and the base with BB's so that it does not tip over. I use it for cones of carpet warp for winding loom warp. It is a great idea for a recycled gift for a weaver.
Posted: 12:54 pm on June 23rd
ALiish writes: Really great idea. I have looked at these empty CD cases and knew something could be done with them, but couldn't figure out what that was. So again great idea and thanks.
Posted: 3:28 am on June 16th
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