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The right way to use 3 different types of spools on a spool stand

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial we talked about the correct way to load a spool of thread onto the horizontal spool pins on THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother. This machine also comes with a removable spool stand, so today we’re going to go over the right way to use different types on thread on a thread stand.

 

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother
THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother

 

The spool stand

The spool stand for THE Dream Machine 2 can be easily added to the back of the machine by first opening and lifting off the lid of the machine. The spool stand then snaps onto the machine’s folded down handle. This spool stand is great for using any type of thread but is especially useful for sewing with large spools.

 

The thread stand
The thread stand

 

Small spools

A small spool of thread can be used on either the main spool pin as I talked about yesterday or it can be used on the spool stand. To use on the spool stand, it’s placed on the vertical spool pin on the stand with a spool cap on top that’s slightly larger than the spool.

 

A small spool on the thread stand
A small spool on the thread stand

 

Thin spools

When a thin spool is used on the thread stand a spool felt is first placed on the pin so that the center of the spool is aligned with the hole in the felt.

 

A thin spool with a spool felt
A thin spool with a spool felt

 

A spool cap that’s slightly larger than the width of the thread on the spool is then placed on top.

 

Thin spool with spool cap
Thin spool with spool cap

 

Cone spool

When a cone spool is used on the thread stand a spool holder is put on the pin first to secure the bottom of the spool.

 

Cone spool and spool holder
Cone spool and spool holder

 

Since the pin of the spool stand is shorter than the cone of thread a spool cap base is needed to hold the spool cap. This spool cap base is placed on top of the cone spool.

 

A spool cap base
A spool cap base

 

A spool cap which is slightly larger than the width of the thread on the cone spool is then placed on top of the spool cap base.

 

A spool cap on the spool cap base
A spool cap on the spool cap base

 

Cones of thread are wound so that if they’re placed right side up, the thread will unwind correctly as shown above. When using small spools, always make sure that the spool of thread is placed on the pin so the thread unwinds as shown in the picture below.

 

Thread unwinding diagram
Thread unwinding diagram

 

I hope that you’ve found this information to be helpful for your sewing machine! See you tomorrow when we’ll import an image to make our own Valentine’s embroidery.

 

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: 6 tips for successful upper threading of THE Dream Machine 2

Go to part 4: How to import a digital image to create a custom embroidery design

I have been designing and publishing quilt patterns for the last 16 years under the business name Fairfield Road Designs. My patterns range from fusible applique and piecing to felted wool applique and punchneedle. You can see all of patterns on my website www.fairfieldroaddesigns.com.

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