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Gimpy Cat
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I have torn my hair out over the years when I need to use mono filament thread, the 'invisible' thread. The spool bounces and jumps about, the fine thread unravels and then winds around the spool holder before snapping. Its constant and drives me nutso. The other day I decided to do a quick google and see if there was a hint or tip to help with it. I came across a plastic mesh net product that goes over the spool and stops the problem. They look like this

Simple way to stop thread unravelling and tangling on sewing machine Thread-Net-thread-spool-saver-Handy-Nets-ejkj-c5

I looked online and found some for sale, in Australia. Problem was, Im not paying just over $2 for the net and then almost $7 for shipping, thats ludicrous. I called a couple of local stores with no luck, one said try the sewing machine repair centre. Tried there, no luck but the gentleman realised what I mean and said a piece of stocking - panty hose might work. I dont have any and Laura has one pair I didnt really want to cut up but I did spy an old pair of her socks that were way too small so I took them.

I simply cut a section about 2" wide from the foot part between the toe and heel, it was too big so I cut some out then sewed it back together with a flat seam, popped it on and whallah - no more bouncing, tangling or snapping of thread. My sanity is saved and it cost me nothing!! Also likely to last longer than the plastic mesh. Here it is

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For the record, if you had a  toddlers sock, they would be the perfect fit I reckon. Im going to pick up a pair next time Im in a thrift store, whenever that may be. Anyway, thought Id share my cheap but 110% effective fix.

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Great idea!
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I use the nets on my large cones to help keep them tamed when quilting. They can go a little crazy with the high speed of the longarm. Your little thread "bootie" is a great idea. Cute too! Very Happy

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I gather you can use stockings/panty hose/nylons (what do you call them in America??) on the big cones too

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Im sure you could. I bought 2 packs of ten a few years back and am still using them. So haven't tried an alternative.
I was curious what they cost now and found you can buy 10 yds for $17 on EBay. 10 yds! That's a lot of net. lmao

I will probably just crochet one if I need another one. That would be fast and easy. Hmmmmmmm, no no, I don't need any right now. Undesided

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If I ahhh, reduced him into manageable portions, so to speak, 10 yards of net could come in handy

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lmao lmao lmao

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wish I had that net today, he is staying home, says he is 'sick' with a cold, hasnt even sneeze or blown his nose once so far but is playing D&D and declared a cold rainy day is the best day to have off - after all the months he has been home and the 7 kids he teaches angry angry

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