Thread Keepers Old and New

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. Spools of thread have definitely changed over the years, and the way they hold the thread on the spools has also changed. The old wooden spools had a little notch cut out in each of the little spools so that the thread would fit into that little notch. Then the spools were changed to the plastic styles. They still had a little notch that was cut out so the thread would be kept, and it was only on one side. You didn’t want it on both sides because you want the thread to come off of the spool on the side 𝒘𝒊𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒕 the little notch. If your thread is coming off this way, it would get caught on that notch, so you need to have the thread come off on the end where there is no notch. Even still to this day, there are some thicker threads that have the little notch on the spool. Then there are spools where the entire bottom is now open. You can see the entire bottom is open and it has this little ruffled edge. That little ruffled edge would be to catch the thread and then the thread is going to go in-between that little ruffle and that top. You can wind the thread around to hold it and the thread will stay. When you look at some spools of threads you won’t really notice that they do have those little thread holders right in the bottom because you don’t see the teeth. It’s smooth on both ends. That way the thread can come off in whatever position that your machine likes the spool to be in. However, you’re able to separate the two layers at the top and the two layers at the bottom. You can see a little bit of a separation here and you can pull them out. You’re able to wrap your thread and then close it. You don’t 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 to open them; you can still take the thread and run it in-between those two layers and the thread will stay secured. Some specialty thread will come on a little piece of plastic, and a lot of times there is nothing to keep the thread on, so what I like to do is cut my own little notch if it’s not there so that I can keep my thread exactly where I want it and it won’t unroll. If there’s nowhere to put a notch, a good old elastic hairband will work. Then we have these little cones. You can see the little separation at the top and a lot of companies will make it a different color. Coats has made it a different color. It makes it very easy and you will be able to just wind that thread around and push it closed. Some thread keepers are still on the spool bottom and if you push the bottom you will notice there’s a little bit of a groove there that you’ll be able to wrap your thread and then close it up. Some don’t open. You’ll see the little separation and you can wrap your thread. Even sometimes the really big spools will have them. They have this little notch right there in the bottom. So many different ways to keep our threads from tangling—and thank goodness they have them. Thank you for joining me today on Tuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

26 thoughts on “Thread Keepers Old and New

  1. I think I'm still a fan of the old spools, or I'm just a little old fashion. Thank you for another great tip and video Laura! Have great day!! Ps, I'm interested in seeing how you or your fans store spools of thread. I use containers, but I'm open to suggestions for my new sewing room. ?

  2. awesome! !! I have just begun to find my little 'notch 'missing. this has been very informative. Thanks So much !

  3. wow, I had no clue the spools of thread can do all that. I'm going to check out my thread draw right now. 🙂

  4. I do love the newer spools, my machine seems to like the mini cones best. Unfortunately, I have tons of the old plastic spools and they are the bane of my existence some days. The perfect color, and type and I'm stuck using a nail file because something is snagging no matter which direction the spool is going. I use a lot of the children's hair bands to secure the thread in my box so I don't have to file the spool the next time.

  5. Did you know…some of the "tall skinny" spools (like Gutterman) actually pull apart and have needle storage inside? Very cool!

  6. Please explain What is the purpose of new wooden spools I see at these small fabric shops? Is it to transfer the thread from plastic to wood? Is it just for looks? Have a nice week .

  7. Okay, you're the rock star. You got me motivated to get one of my thread racks cleaned up (now I know how) and hung on the wall. Just been leaning against the wall for over a year. Thanks for the info, my sewing room is now neater.

  8. I've been sewing for year but I only knew about the spools with the little notch on the top. This was so helpful. I went to my sewing kit, cut all those hanging, tangled threads & wrapped them correctly. Great tip, thank you.

  9. Who knew? It seems like I should've known that, but I didn't. So glad you made the video! I have gone through my thread drawer to get some thread and walked around the house with a thread around my pant leg because my threads were so tangled. lol No more loose threads for me. Thanks Laura!

  10. I just adore your videos to the fullest. All of my cone threads are a mess, because I had no idea of the layers. Thank you.

  11. Wow, thank you Laura, I really didn't know about today's thread spools, well, no matter how old I am, I learn something new every day?

  12. Thank you so much. I had know idea about the change in the dollar. It has been so long since I bought new thread. Next time I go to the store, I will at least check them out. Thanks again. You are a jewel.

  13. If the spool has a sticker on it, don't remove the whole thing (just poke a hole to put it on the spool pin). and then peel up one edge of the sticker and tuck the thread tail under it. If the adhesive is shot, just make a small inside out loop of scotch tape and stick it on the top of the spool on one side and the thread tail will stick to that.

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