Isn’t this card the truth?
And FUNNY too!

Well….you know me….

I was on one o my regular fabric store jaunts a couple of weeks ago and came out with a tip that is almost BETTER than new fabric!!!

The clerk in the store was helping a newbie sewer choose thread for her project….I couldn’t help but join in the conversation… was all about how expensive single spools of thread are….

A spool like this runs around $3.00 and has 250 yards of thread on it.  Not too bad…..


This spool of serger thread costs about $5.00 and has 3000 yards of thread on it!


The problem is that most regular sewing machines do not have a way to hold the serger spool on the regular thread spooler….

I already have a lot of serger thread left over from the days long ago when I sewed lots of knits for the kids….

Do you remember Zubas….Remember Units/Multiples…? I made the poor Sweetwater Children wear my homemade versions of these fashions(?) so I bought lots and lots of serger thread!

I have been using my serger thread by filling a bobbin and putting that on the thread spooler.
This works okay, but it is an extra step to fill the bobbin and it has to be refilled pretty often!

The TIP I learned from the clerk that day was this:

Just put the serger thread in a cup behind the machine and thread the machine in the ordinary way!  The cup keeps the serger spool upright so that it can unwind without catching…..

Now if someone could just figure out a simple way to thread the SERGER with the SERGER thread…..HMMMMM!

This diagram gives me a headache….every time I think about it!

So if you are like me….you will do almost anything to avoid rethreading that sucker!!!

I have been using this new tip for a couple of weeks now…I even made myself a new dress…..a post for a different day!!!!

Before I go….I thought you might like this little clipping of some advice that was published in the Singer Sewing Machine Manual in 1949:


Oh My!!  I am afraid that I DO NOT follow almost any of this advice….in fact, had I read something like this when I started to learn to sew….I would have immediately returned that machine and never started!

Have a great day!

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4 comments on “Save Money on Thread!

  1. ~Lavender Dreamer~

    Oh my! I was following right along with you in my serious mode until I got to the very last part of the Singer advice! I laughed out loud! Did women really worry about their lipstick? I can’t remember that far back! heeheehee!

  2. NanaDiana

    Years ago I bought a “thing” to use serger thread with my machine. It has a weighted base and an little aluminum arm that comes up and forms and L and you just move it to whatever position your thread usually feeds from. Love it- and I have used up so much of my thread that way over the years. xo Diana ps. My kiddos wore things like that, too! lol xo Diana

  3. Poppy

    lol! I probably would have done the same as you if I saw the Singer advice when I first started sewing:)Loved the tip about keeping the serger thread in a cup…that sure is helpful when threading the machine! Thanks for sharing and for leaving me the sweetest comment! Have a lovely evening! hugs,Poppy

  4. Anonymous

    Shirley said:
    I wanted to post this tip to pinterest but found no way to do it. When I went into your pinterest I didn’t find this in it.

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