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my name is Laura. We often can buy our favorite thread in very large spools. It is definitely very cost-saving. However, unlike the little spool, the big spools will not fit on home machines. They’re not designed to sit on the machine. It’s designed so that it sits still and the thread comes off. You will need to have that nice big spool of thread sitting to the back of your machine. Now you can buy thread holders that are designed for that, but we can also make our own. And we can make them very pretty from leftover stuff that you have in your house. The first thing you’re going to need is a wire hanger. We’re going to cut this hanger and mold it into an arm, so you’re going to need a pair of pliers so you can bend and cut the wire. You can get the hangers in different wire weights so make sure you find one that you’re able to work with. We already have one bend and the long arm, and that’s what we’re going to work with. Depending on how soft or hard the metal is, you might be able to cut it with the pliers. If you find can’t cut it, just squeeze with the cutting edge and twist it back and forth a little bit. You’re going to put a little bit of a groove in that wire. Continue squeezing and moving the wire back and forth a little bit. By moving that back and forth and squeezing at the same time, you’re going to be able to cut that wire. I’ve cut at one end to get this long straight piece. Next I’m going to want to make a hook or a bit of a curl up at the top, so I’m going to come down a couple of inches and cut into that arm. Squeeze, and as you squeeze, just roll it back and forth, and it will cut. This is what we’re going to need so we can dispose of that. We need to take this and just continue a hook. You’ll find the wires are easier to bend than cut. And that’s the shape you want. Leave a space because you want to be able to put the thread in. Now we need to clean up those ends because they’re going to be a little sharp. A nail file will work fine. Just keep doing that until you get off all the burrs. Make sure that this is nice and smooth so that it’s not going to catch on anything. Do that to both ends of the wire. Once the wire is prepared, we need to find a container. This is where we can have a lot of fun and make it very unique. We need to have this thread sit in a container. Candle containers work really well. Glass jars, old vases from flowers, even a candle holder that you can take apart works great because that will fit right inside. We don’t need a post to hold that thread into place. It will stay in place all on its own. We’re looking for a container that’s not really really big, but not really tight, either. We’re going to take this long wire and attach it onto the side of the container. You can glue them down or tape them down. You can even tape it or glue it to the inside. When you do tape or attach this onto the container, this little hook part should be coming somewhat in the center of that thread. You don’t want that hook to the outside; you want it facing inside so when that spool of thread goes inside, we’re able to loop that around. The spool of thread is not going to move, but if you want you can always put something in the bottom like a piece of foam. Or, an old doily always looks nice. That just ensures that it doesn’t wobble at all. This is all i need to bring to the back of my machine. The machines are designed for threads coming in this angle, so you don’t need an arm very high; something with a gradual little slope is all you’re going to need. You can always test it and adjust it to fit your own machine. With my thread holder on the back, I’m going to be able to thread my machine as I normally would do. I can also have it go and fill my bobbin the same as I would normally. It is functional and it looks nice and it took no time at all to make. I do hope, you give it a try. Thank you for joining, me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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