How To Make A Sewing Machine Thread Stand

It is easy to make a sewing machine stand from items that you have in your house. As a sewing enthusiast, who has decided to invest in a home sewing machine, a thread stand is a good investment. It will definitely make your work easier when you have large spools of thread.

How to Make a Sewing Machine Thread Stand?

You can make a sewing machine thread stand from many items in your house. It is quite easy to make. All you need is a way to direct your sewing thread through the sewing machine spool holder to the needle. You will need a strong base, to ensure that your large spool does not wobble.

Here are some of the items you can use to make a sewing machine thread stand at home.

  • A cup

Making a sewing machine thread stand does not have to be complicated. One of the easy and cheapest way to make it is by using readily available items. In this case, your kitchen is the store from which you will get your sewing machine thread stand. Get a cup from your kitchen that can easily fit the large spool of the thread. Put the thread spool in the cup and thread your sewing machine. 

Test to see the stability of the spool in the improvised thread stand. If the spool shakes while in use, you can add a small mat in the cup to enhance stability.

  • CD/DVD case

This is another cheap and easy way to make a sewing machine thread stand. Take an empty CD/DVD case. If you have a few old CDs around, place them on the case for stability. Pass your large spool of thread through the CD case spindle. You have your CDs providing a base for your thread spool and the case.

Sit the CD case right behind your sewing machine and thread as normal. You may require to attach a safety pin to your sewing machine spool. This allows you to pass and angle your sewing thread to allow for smooth movement when you start sewing.

  • Make a stand from a bottle

You can make a sewing machine thread stand from a bottle. You will need a plastic bottle. Cut a hole from the side, near the base. Place your spool of thread in the bottle. Pass your thread through the bottle opening to thread your sewing machine normally.

  • Make a thread stand from a hanger

This project will take some time, depending on how handy you are. You will need a CD case, a hanger, nut and your spool of thread and sewing machine and super glue. Glue your nut to a convenient location on the CD case base. Cut the hanger on the lower side at once corner. Then cut it off just above the hook. So that you have a hooked stick. Insert the straight part of the hanger into the nut. Insert your spool of thread on the CD case spindle. Hook the thread to the hanger and thread your sewing machine normally.

Where your hook is hard to reach, bend it until it gets to the desired position.

  • Wooden multi-thread stand

You can also make a thread stand to hold more than one spool of thread. You will need wood and some hooks. Sand the wood to make it smooth and appealing to the eyes. Create a base for stand. At the middle of the base, fix a piece of wood at 90 degrees. You will then fix another piece of wood across the perpendicular strip to make a T. On the last piece of wood add hooks. These hooks will suspend, straighten and feed the sewing machine with thread as you sew. On the base, add as many spindles to hold your thread spools.

Sometimes, you need to sew with a double needle. The multi-thread stand is the best solution for this case.

  • Sewing machines that come with external thread stands

Sewing machine manufacturers know that the spool holder they provide for home sewing machines is small. As a result, they have developed home sewing machines that come with a thread holder. This helps save time by not making a thread stand. You can jump straight into your projects as soon as you buy a sewing machine.

Benefits of Using a Sewing Machine Thread Stand

  • Give stability to the spool

When sewing with a cone thread, the thread is not stable. As a result, you may experience skipped stitches and broken threads. To prevent this, use a thread stand with a base to offer the required stability to your cone thread spool.

  • Help unwind your thread

When you use a thread holder, your sewing thread gets an opportunity to straighten itself. This allows for smooth sewing without thread breakages. Thread is packed around itself on a spool. It therefore needs to stretch for smooth sewing. Your threads will not tangle as they are fed into the machine while sewing.

  • Makes it easier to feed to your sewing machine

With a thread stand, you do not have stress about threading your sewing machine. A thread stand is suitable for both large and standard size spools. When standard threads are about to deplete the start breaking as you sew. Using a thread stand eliminates this and ensures that you get to the end of your project without breakages. It also helps you to use your standard size spool to the end.

  • You can use other types of thread easily

With a thread stand, it is much easier to use different threads such as metallic threads. This is because the thread holder allows them to straighten and lose their kinks. With the right needle, you will no longer have to suffer thread breakages.

  • Saves space

In many sewing projects you may need to use different color threads. They will be a distraction if you have them around your sewing space. A multi thread stand holder, will be suitable for this project. It keeps your sewing area tidy to help you concentrate on your sewing. And makes changing threads easier and quick.

  • Makes it possible to use a cone thread

The best solution to use a cone thread on a sewing machine is by using a thread holder. Place your cone thread on the thread holder, hook your first thread stank and thread your machine. Start sewing. That is how easy a thread holder makes it to use a cone thread. Cone threads help you save money and time on threads by buying one large one rather than many small threads.

What You Need to Know When Working with a Thread Stand

The first thing you need to know about using a thread stand is that it has to be firm and steady. Whether you make for yourself at home or buy, make sure it does not wobble. You are not afraid that your threads will come off as you sew.

When you are finished sewing, cut off any thread that remains on the thread stand and unthread the sewing machine. This prevents the thread from being pulled into the machine which may cause tangling.

If you can, make or buy a multiple thread stand. It helps you to keep your working space tidy. It also adds convenience when you want to change threads. All your threads are at the ready and all you need to do is thread to the sewing machine.

Thread stands help add life to your sewing machine needles. Threads from a thread stand do not have kinks. They straighten out easily and are snapped up by the needle smoothly. Internal spool holders do not allow the thread to straighten out. This may cause skipped stitches, kinks and bunching which may lead to sewing needle breaking.

If you are not, start using a thread stand and enjoy convenient and smooth sewing.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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