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I'm sure I'm not the only one here that prefers to display old machines threaded with old spools of thread.  The trouble is, I don't have that many spools (they all came in the drawers of my 66 treadle), and many are either empty or are wound with unsuitable thread.

How can i rewind them with modern thread, and end up with something reasonable looking?

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I found this video on YouTube that seems to work okay. I don't have one but maybe a Sidewinder would work as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6goUFTk_i6I
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I have a Sidewinder and gave it a try.  The pin you mount the bobbin on is too narrow for an old spool to catch on.  You could probably build it up by putting something over it, but it's my primary bobbin winder and I didn't want to damage it.

Here's what I came up with just now.  Take something round, I used a paint brush, that the spool fits on.  Make sure the spool fits snug, I wrapped a rubber band around mine then pushed the spool on to fit snugly.  Then cut a rubber band and wrapped it around the handle to create the 'tire'.  Wrap a bit of thread, 5-6 wraps, to get it started.  Then I started treadling while holding the contraption loosely in my hands and pressed it against the spinning hand wheel.  It took about 10 minutes of practice to figure out the right amount of pressure to put on the hand wheel to get it spinning without binding and to figure out how to get the thread to wind on the spool smoothly side to side but it does work.

For doing a lot of spools there are lots of ways to improve on this, the basic design just mimics a bobbin winder, but with much more manual input.

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Buy a "Two Spool" with a working "spool winder" or hire someone who does?

David congrats on figuring that one out.

Past my bedtime.

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Here's a video showing how to work around a broken bobbin winder, the tool used is interesting.  In the comments it's only referred to as a bobbin winding tool but I've never been able to find anything like it, if that pin was long enough maybe it could be rigged to hold an empty wood spool.   



Edited to add I'm not sure how I got the first video preview to go away in the earlier post and this one remains, I hope it doesn't cause a problem! 

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Here is another idea https://archaicarcane.com/better-than-a-sock-hop-reuse-your-wooden-spools/

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Thanks for the videos!
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Lots of great ideas, folks!  Thanks.

I especially like the notion of "having" to find and buy a two-spool machine just in order to use its spool winder.  :-)

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Well, that wasn't so hard after all.  Armed with all of these new ideas, plus some scrap materials and a power tool or two, I have a good solution that works for me.
  1. Find a length of 1/4" dowel, or similar.  I had a couple of pieces of scrap fiberglass rod that I used.
  2. Use one piece of that dowel as a spool holder for the thread source.
  3. Wrap a rubber band on the other longer piece, in order to form a cushy "stop" for your wooden spool to rest against.
  4. Put the winding piece and spool into the chuck of your drill press.  The springiness of the bunched up rubber band gives clamping force, to keep the empty spool from spinning after it is pressed up against the drill chuck.
  5. Wind the spool.  Done.
[ Edited, to try attaching images again.]


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If you want to see pictures of my little spool winder setup, I've created a blog entry:

https://projects.foxharp.net/sewing_machines/#makeshift-diy-spool-winder

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I haven't done this - yet - I would use my Schacht double ended bobbin winder.  It's for weaving shuttle bobbins, not sewing bobbins.  This is my first post here, so I don't know if a link is allowed.  Search images on-line and you can probably cobble one together for a lot less.

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Of course links are okay. Pictures are okay. Most everything civilized is okay
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That beats my spool on a stick method for sure.
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Guess you could build one of these (tee hee). This is the “bobbin winder” that came with me 16-188. I have never been brave enough to try it.

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Awesome tension system.

I might have something in the works.  If my luck holds then on Thursday I could be the proud owner of a early 20th Century, Canedy Otto hand powered drill press.   That will make an excellent spool winder.  I'm already planning on mounting it on a wall of the sewing room.

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Is that huge one in Petersham?  Excellent purchase, if you get it.
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Yep.  I have a need for a new (to me) drill press to get some home projects started.  And like sewing machines I would prefer something older than myself.
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