If you have a home sewing machine that can handle sewing heavier fabrics, you probably will want to use a heavier thread, too. Most domestic sewing machines can sew with V-69 thread, but the machine probably doesn’t have a place for you to set such a large cone of thread. We have a couple of quick tips that will help you get the best feed off your cone of thread on a home sewing machine.
Cones vs. Spools
First, let’s talk about why these large cones of thread need to be treated differently than the typical spool. Large cones of thread, like the ones we sell at Sailrite, require the thread to be pulled off the top of the cone for smooth and consistent tensioning in your sewing machine. Conversely, on smaller spools of thread, the kind that are traditionally used for home sewing, the thread pulls off the side of the spool. These smaller spools can sit on a post on your sewing machine but this situation isn’t right for the larger cones.
What to do? The best way to get clean feeding off the cone is to use a thread stand behind your machine. We have two options of thread stands, one with a plastic base, and another with a sturdier metal base. Both of our thread stands are under $10 and will be great for this application.
Cone on the Floor
If you’d prefer to not invest in a thread stand or you can’t wait until it arrives, we have a trick for you. Set your cone of thread on the floor behind your sewing machine and pull the thread off the cone and up over the back of a chair and then thread it into your machine.
If you’re not sure if your domestic sewing machine can handle heavier fabrics or thread, it’s always good to do some test sewing. We have tips for this in our post “Can My Sewing Machine Sew Canvas?”
Do you sew canvas on a domestic sewing machine? What have been your challenges? Do you have any tips or tricks to share? We want to hear from you in the comments!