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Find Out Why You Need a Thread Stand!

by Beth Cooper

Let’s talk about thread stands. Do you need one? Or maybe you already have one? The beautiful thing about a thread stand is that it allows your thread to easily glide onto your sewing machine and prevents tangles. There are a lot of pros to using a thread stand and not really any cons. Let’s talk…

What is a Thread Stand?

A thread stand is a device designed to hold and dispense thread during sewing. It is typically made of metal and plastic and consists of a heavy base with a vertical rod going up. The rod has a hook at the end of it. These stands are specifically designed to accommodate different types and sizes of thread spools.

This thread stand is perfect for larger spools of thread and
allows for easier threading! Find it here!

Benefits of Using a Thread Stand

Large Spools – Do you ever have a really large thread of spool but the spool holder on the top of your sewing machine can’t accommodate it? The spool is just too big? Well, this is the perfect time to use a thread stand! All you have to do is sit it near your sewing machine, plop your big ol’ thread spool on there, pull the thread from the spool to the top hook, and then thread your machine just like you would if the thread spool was starting from the top of your machine.

Straight-Wound Thread Spools – Another example of when to use a thread stand is if you have a spool of thread that is not feeding into your machine very well. This can happen when you are using a spool that is wound in straight lines vs. wound cross-wise. Spools of thread that are wound straight do not feed well through a machine, unless the spool is sitting vertically (as opposed to horizontally, or on its side). If you put the straight-wound spool onto a thread stand, voila! You will be able to easily sew without your thread breaking. Spools of thread that are wound cross-wise also do great on a thread stand.

Difficult Thread – Maybe you have some thread that is difficult to work with? Some threads, like metallic thread or mono-filament thread, can sometimes be a pain to work with. Using a thread stand will allow these threads a bit of room and they will glide through your sewing machine much easier.

On the left, you can see a straight (sometimes called “stacked”) wound spool of thread. On the right, is a cross-wise wound spool of thread. The thread forms an X pattern on the spool. Straight wound thread spools definitely need to be on a vertical thread stand or vertical spool holder on your machine. Cross-wound thread can be on a horizontal thread holder on your machine, but they also work excellently on a thread stand!

Some people choose to always use a thread stand and to never use the tiny spool holder on their sewing machines. It’s a personal choice. Using a thread stand can be a good habit to get into because this system allows you to use larger spools of thread, plus you have less thread breakage and tangles. It’s really a win-win situation! So, what are you waiting for? Start using a thread stand!

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Gwen
Gwen
8 months ago

On the gold spool!

Rika Brouwer
Rika Brouwer
8 months ago

Love the article, getting my sewing MOJO back and this helps.

Midge
Midge
8 months ago

I see a needle in the logo. But don’t know if it’s new. I guess it isn’t new.

Tanya
Tanya
8 months ago

On the red cross wise spool of thread looks like a needle head!

Valerie
Valerie
8 months ago

I think this will be a game changer for the metallic thread for my embroidery machine, and even the small spools of Madeira that are “stacked.”