How To Use Cone Thread On Sewing Machine

When you use a cone thread instead of a regular spool on your sewing machine, the chances are that the cone will not fit on the spool holder. In such scenarios, you will need a stand and cone thread holder or other means to use it. Stay with us to learn how you can use it on your machine without much hassle.

How To Use Cone Thread On Sewing Machine?

There are several ways that you can use a cone thread on your sewing machine, but using a bobbin, a cup, or a thread stand is the most popular. When using the first way, you can wind the thread onto the bobbin and use the latter in place of the thread spool. When you use a cup, you can put the cone thread in it, ensuring that it has ample space to unwind. And you can also consider buying a thread stand that you can use with the machine to hold the thread.

Read on to know how you can start sewing with cone thread using a bobbin, cup, or a stand. We will also elaborate on how you can transfer thread from a large cone to a spool.

Ways To Use A Cone Thread On Sewing Machine

You can innovate your ways of using a cone thread on your sewing machine. However, there are a few factors that you should keep in mind while using such threads. They are:

  • The cone thread should have sufficient space to unwind while you are sewing.
  • Whatever way you decide to use the cone, it should not fall or roll away.
  • Ensure that the thread does not get tangled in the process.

Now, let us take a closer look at the various methods of using a cone thread.

Using a bobbin

When you wind a cone thread onto the bobbin, then you have to use the latter in place of the thread spool. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: You will have to remove the bobbin, make it empty, and then put it in the winder.

Step 2: Follow the instructions on the manual and thread the machine accordingly with the cone thread.

Step 3: Now, with your middle and index fingers, hold the cone gently, and press the foot pedal. You will see that the thread will start winding in the bobbin.

Step 4: Use the filled bobbin in place of the spool holder on your sewing machine.

Step 5: You can thread the machine now and then start sewing.

Using a cup

If you consider this option, it will help use a fair-sized cup or a juice glass. These containers will provide the cone thread with ample room to unwind while you stitch. Follow the steps below to use a cone in a cup.

Step 1: Put the cone thread in the cup or glass.

Step 2: Thread the machine with the cone generally as you would with a thread spool.

Step 3: Place the cup anywhere where you find it comfortable, and you have to ensure that the cup or glass does not fall and the cone does not roll off.

Step 4: You can start sewing.

Using a thread stand

You can also purchase a thread stand that you can use with the sewing machine to hold the cone thread. You will find this equipment in shops nearby, or you can also look for it online. It is one of the easiest ways to use a cone thread. Follow the steps mentioned below to start sewing with such a thread.

Step 1: Install the stand with the sewing machine.

Step 2: Put the cone on the thread stand.

Step 3: Thread the machine as you would when you use regular thread spools.

Step 4: You are all set to start sewing.

Placing it on the floor

If you decide that you do not want to use a bobbin or a cup or do not want to buy a stand, you can place the cone on the floor. To do it, follow the steps mentioned below.

Step 1: Put the cone thread on the floor behind your machine.

Step 2: Now, pull the thread off the cone bring it up over the back of a chair.

Step 3: Thread it into your machine as you usually do.

Step 4: And you are all set to start sewing.

How To Transfer Thread From Cones To Spools?

When you run out of thread on the spool you are using, you can transfer some from a large cone of thread of the same color. To do so, you will have to follow the steps mentioned below.


  • Empty spool/s
  • Double-sided tape
  • Spare bobbin
  • Cone thread
  • Sewing machine

Step 1: First, you have to stick a tape strip on the thread spool’s flat end.

Step 2: Remove the backing, place the bobbin on top, and press firmly.

Step 3: Put the cone thread in a cup/mug/glass in front of the sewing machine.

Step 4: On the opposite end of the spool to where the bobbin is attached, you will find some holes. You can use them in the same way as the hole on top of the bobbin. Pull your thread through one of the holes like you would otherwise.

Step 5: Now, add the assemblage to the bobbin winder on your machine.

Step 6: You can start the winding.

Step 7: You have to hold the thread with your hands to feed it on the thread spool. It would help to provide for the spool consistently. Keep your thread moving in up and down position during the winding process. Doing so will help the thread distribute along the full length of the spool evenly.

Step 8: And there you are with a spool full of thread. You can repeat the same for other spools, if required, using the same bobbin. However, you cannot use it in your sewing machine again due to the double-sided tape’s stickiness. You can keep it aside for future use.

There are a few things that can be learned from this method:

  • It would help if you did not throw away empty spools.
  • Regular spools work on an overlocker.
  • You can buy one large cone thread and follow the process mentioned above for economic and efficient uses.

Can You use Cone Thread On A Sewing Machine?

Yes, you can use a cone thread on a regular sewing machine. Although there is no dedicated space for it, you can use different ways to utilize it. You can employ a cone thread by using a bobbin, cup, or a thread stand.

How Do You Use A Cone Thread Stand?

If you do not have a designated place for a cone thread on your machine, you can go for a thread stand, mainly designed for it. It has a central pin with a weighted base to hold large cones. You can place it behind your sewing machine or beside it. You have to run the thread from the cone through the tall guide bar equipped with the stand. You will have to thread your machine generally as you would while stitching with a regular thread spool. And you can begin with the process of sewing after you have set the thread and the machine.

Is It Better To Sew Cotton Or Polyester Thread?

The answer to this question does not lie in finding which is better, but you will find it in which thread matches the type of fabric you are using for the project. Therefore, it would be best to sew cotton fabric with cotton thread, and while stitching on a polyester material, you should use a polyester thread. However, if you want to go beyond the fabric, then a polyester or synthetic thread is much stronger than a natural one. So, if you use a polyester thread to sew a cotton fabric, then over time, there are chances that the former can break the latter.



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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