I have been going through thread like it was water! But at several dollars a pop for each spool of heavy-duty thread, the costs were adding up! In comes cone thread, where I can get 1000 to 8000 yards on just one cone.
You can use cone thread on your average sewing machine by positioning it correctly behind the machine. There are two things to be aware of:
- Prevent the thread from moving out of position
- Ensure thread comes off the cone smoothly
To prevent the thread from moving out of position I am using an exhausted roll of packing tape -- I'm sure you have some around in your house, too! I have also seen people use mugs.
I originally assumed it was fine to have the cone try to rotate while the thread was being pulled off of it, but this puts too much tension on the thread and can mess up your stitches. Your goal is to position the cone in such a way that the thread will loop over the top of the cone before it would turn the cone. This is as easy as placing the cone as close to the sewing machine as possible so the thread is mostly pulling upwards than sideways. I then have the thread turn around the vertical thread spool holder and thread the rest of the machine like normal.
Voila! Now I can stop running out of thread all the time!