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Why You Should Use A Thread Stand When Machine Embroidering

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

There are many reasons why a thread stand is a good idea! And I’m going to share a few of them.


Do you have any of these problems?

- Thread is bird-nesting under the fabric
- The thread is shredding
- The thread is getting tangled around everything
- Needles are breaking
- The bobbin thread is showing on top
Or other problems that I haven’t listed…

The above problems are things that can be caused by not using a thread stand.

Don’t want to spend the money on a thread stand? Or maybe the shipping will take too long, can't get to the store?

Whatever your reason is for wanting an alternative to a thread stand, here’s the alternative you can use!


A cup behind your machine!

Not only does it act just like a thread stand, but you probably already have one laying around your house.

I definitely suggest using a plastic cup, we don't want any glass cups breaking!

Here's an example of a cup behind your machine (yellow)


Reasons to get a thread stand (or use a cup behind your machine):


1. Gives the thread more time to be loose/relax

When you are using a thread stand, the thread is given much more time before it has to go through a thread guide. 

When you are using the spool holder on the machine, it has little to no time to relax before it goes through the thread guides.


2. Less likely to get caught on something

Your thread is less likely to get caught on something when in a thread stand. When your thread is on the spool holder on the machine, it may even get caught on itself! 

By getting caught on itself I mean that there may be a little snag on the top of the spool and when the thread is unravelling it may get caught on that. 

Just make sure your thread doesn’t get caught in the handwheel!


3. The thread doesn’t wrap around the spool holder

When you are using the spool holder on your machine, the thread may start wrapping around it and creating a huge mess.

The thread stand will completely prevent the thread from wrapping around. 

Things to make sure don’t happen with your thread stand:

  • Thread getting caught in the handwheel 

This one mainly happens when you put your thread stand (or cup) to the right of your machine. 

It’s better to keep your thread stand (or cup) to the left or directly behind your machine. 


  • The thread not going through the thread guides correctly

Make sure that you are going through all of the thread guides. Especially because you’re using a thread stand, you may think that thread guide 1 doesn’t matter, but it does!

All the thread guides are important. It’s important to make sure that the thread is threaded through each and every one. 

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