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Kitcarlson

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One day my wife showed me a modern sewing machine with a horizontal spool holder. She explained how modern spools are longer, have larger ID, and how thread unwinding is different than end feeding.

I used some aluminum stock, and made converter in pictures. Spool cap is Brother part, there are three different sizes. Long spool pin serves as setscrew holding adapter at desired position.

We never have enough for all machines.

I plan to make more when weather cools off.

Chaly, one for you if desired.

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Modern style thread spools not fitting the older machines has been a problem for a long time. In the old days, Pfaff had an auxiliary spool holder that works well with the old spools and seemed to anticipate the newer spools, although I'm sure it was originally intended for bulk spools. 

I have been making copies of the Pfaff style spool holders for several of my machines and have done similar to what you have. It makes it easy to convert from one to the other. I have also made new spool pins with holes drilled in them to accommodate the large cone spools mounted on a spool holder on the table. 

Here are a couple of photos of my home made spool holders on my Pfaff 130 Knee Lift machine (needs repainting and new decals) and my Pfaff 30 straight stitch machine. 
13. Pfaff 30 home made auxiliary spool holder.jpg 

- Bruce 15. Home made auxiliary spool holder.jpg  12. Home made light mount, knee lift, case base.jpg

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Kitcarlson

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Thank you for sharing. Excellent work!
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One day my wife showed me a modern sewing machine with a horizontal spool holder. She explained how modern spools are longer, have larger ID, and how thread unwinding is different than end feeding.

I used some aluminum stock, and made converter in pictures. Spool cap is Brother part, there are three different sizes. Long spool pin serves as setscrew holding adapter at desired position.

We never have enough for all machines.

I plan to make more when weather cools off.

Chaly, one for you if desired.


Fantastic!  I will PM you...
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ellellbee

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Very nice. Thanks for the idea. It lines up correctly unlike the elusive Pfaff one that I have been wanting for my 30. 

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Hello group,  I have been sewing with braided line.  This stuff must be fed from the side and not the top of a spool.  Sometimes I'm using braided polyester (made in USA) that is stronger than twisted nylon or poly but must feed from the side not the top.  More times than not I have recently been using braided high performance PE that is over twice the strength of twisted nylon or polyester.   Braided does not have twist requirements left or right and I like that.....but must feed from side.  Here are some pictures.  First is one of the online fishing spool winder I buy sub 5 dollars then modify.  Mine comes with suction cup that I throw away and that version is 10 dollars cheaper than the clamp on version but everything else the same.  We took a 10 cent baking dish I can buy in volume or 1 at a time then tack welded metal bits and filled with several pounds of molten lead.....it's not going anywhere and can be swapped between machines.  These devices have built in adjustable tensioners making them even better.  Second picture shows it on the thread stand of the Singer 29k clone.  Third picture shows it close up showing the modified lead/metal filled base but not the entire thing.  In background is a twig white treadle I'm waiting on the cast iron legs to arrive and other machine is a Singer no 2 in the background.  We use umbrella cloth material (nylon or polyester not sure which) at under a dollar a yard to make covers.  This is our front lockable terrace Best regards, Mike FishingLineWinder.jpg  Patcher29kCloneCowboyCB4500Jul20.jpg  Patcher29kCloneJul20Pic2.jpg  CowboyCB4500Jul20.jpg 
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Cari-in-Oly

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These are nice, they look better on the vintage machines than the one I use -

https://allstitch.net/product/the-thread-director-specialty-thread-spool-pin-adaptor-5861.cfm

I use this on my embroidery machines for small straight wound spools, and also on my long arm when I use small spools or embroidery thread to quilt with.

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