Sulky Thread Giveaway: Round Two

Quiltmaker is happy to partner with Sulky for the second in a five-part thread giveaway. (Part 1 winners are listed at the end of this post.)

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You’ll learn more about thread and have many chances to win a great 3-pack of Sulky Blendables.

 Sulky Thread Giveaway: Round Two

Win a three-pack of Sulky Blendables!

Here’s a short thread lesson to make your quilting life easier.

You may have noticed that thread comes loaded onto spools in two different fashions. Viewed from the side, if the threads run horizontally and lie right next to each other, the thread is stacked. The Sulky Blendables shown above are stacked.

If the thread runs diagonally and crosses itself, the spool is crosswound. In the photo below, the thread on the right is crosswound. You can see that it’s different from the stacked spool on the left.


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Stacked (left) vs. Crosswound thread

Why does this matter? Because you want the thread to feed differently from the spool depending on how it is wound.

Watch a short video here.

Stacked thread is intended to feed off the side of the spool. For the best results, use a vertical spoolpin (points upward) for stacked threads. The spool should rotate freely on the spoolpin.

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Small piece of felt fits over spoolpin, sits underneath spool and helps spool to rotate freely as thread unwinds

The small piece of wool or flannel that slips over the spoolpin and sits beneath the thread helps to accomplish this.

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Crosswound thread should feed from the top of the spool as shown.

Crosswound thread is intended to feed off the top of the spool. A horizontal spoolpin (spool on its side) works well for crosswound threads. The thread slips off the top of the spool; there is generally no “pull” involved and the spool is stationary (it does not rotate).

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Thread stand

A thread stand next to the machine also works for crosswound threads. In this setup, the thread unwinds from the top of the spool and feeds upward into the machine. Your dealer can suggest a stand that works well.

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A spoolpin attachment, this one from Handi Quilter

If your machine has only one spoolpin, check with your dealer to see if an attachment exists to give you the other orientation. The dealer may have other suggestions as well. (They’re a wealth of information and we don’t use them enough!)

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 Sulky Thread Giveaway: Round Two

Sulky Blendables

For a chance to win some luscious Sulky threads, leave a comment below by midnight  Friday, April 20 answering this question: How is your spoolpin oriented? Did you learn anything new from this post?

Winners in the first round are Sallie Whiteside in Texas, Kay Lee in Colorado, Diane Hicks in Ontario, Canada and Donna Gross in Alberta, Canada.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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546 Responses to Sulky Thread Giveaway: Round Two

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  2. I learned today that thread has two wingings I did not know that.
    That was very interesting to know ,.
    And about different needles and different sizes to use with different thickness of threads.
    I am going to copy this page and put in my folder of imformantion.
    Thank You

  3. Sheila says:

    My machine has both a vertical and a horizontal thread holder. I have learned something new today after reading this blog. I have noticed the two different thread windings but never knew the reason why. Now I do. Thank you!

  4. Shirley Stickney says:

    I didn’t know there was a difference in the way thread is wound on the spool. Now that I know that I will look more closely. Never realized that was why my machine has both horizontal and vertical holders.
    Thanks so much for the lesson and hope I win spome of that lovely thread!

  5. Gloria Lewis says:

    I love Sulky thread. My machines love it too. My sister brought me the plastic container with lots of different spools of thread recently. Love it.

  6. Lori L says:

    All my machines have a vertical spool holder but only my newer models have a horizontal. I never realized that a crosswound spools are not suppose to move. Will be using my thread stand more often now. Thanks for the information and the giveaway.

  7. Julie A. B. says:

    sew interesting! I have a Janome which keeps me in stitches. Never thought about whether my thread was stacked or crosswound. What wonderful information you have provided to all of us in the world of sewing. My sewing machine has the vertical spoolpin. I will be purchasing a horizontal spoolpin. I will be using this new information on my next quilting project. Thank-you. SULKY THREADS! and SULKY BLENDABLES!

  8. Marsha says:

    Both my Bernina and my Janome have two thread holders, one vertical and one horizontal. I will be more mindful of which way I put the thread from this point one. Such good information for all of us to be reminded of. I use a tall thread stand for large cones but find I often don’t get enough tension using the tall thread stand.

  9. Mary says:

    Thanks for the timely lesson. Did not realize that the spools are ment to be used in different directions. Since my Singer has a horizontal holder I will have to finish building my vertical holder before I use the next stacked spool. ( I did start to make one some time ago so now I have an incentive to finish it.) The blendable threads are wonderful. Thanks for keeping the user in mind when designing new threads. Thank you also for the providing these draws.

  10. That was helpful and as I have both orientations I’ll remember to not just use the horizontal one. Thanks!

  11. Linda Greene says:

    Thanks for the information, this was very helpful. I will find my thread stand and keep it closer to us from now on.

  12. Jackie Roisler says:

    Thank you once again for the very important thread infomation. For years now I have been buying whatever, using the incorrect stacked. Aaooo.

  13. Patty says:

    I have horizontal thread or I can use vertical. Thanks for the info. I was shopping this week for sulky blendables and wondered what was going on with the thread and thought it must have something to do with lot numbers. Learn something new every day, Thanks!

  14. Shelley C says:

    My spoolpin is verticle. I did not ever notice the difference in the way the thread was wound. I’m glad to know this. I’m wondering if the ‘wire’ top thingy on my Janome 6600 is to allow stacked thread to be used to better advantage?

  15. shirley woods says:

    I needed this information, as I did not know the difference and I have been sewing for 43 years and quilting for 7. My machines mostly are horizontal feeds. Maybe this is why I have had some thread issues. Now I know and I can adapt. Thank you for this information to improve our skills. Shirley Woods

  16. Liisa says:

    I have a vertical spoolpin, but I guess I’d better get an adapter or attchment for my machine. Thanks for the info.

  17. Connie L Micheel says:

    Just got the email today. Hope I can still register for the thread.

  18. Beverly Calvert says:

    My machines have both vertical and horizontal spool pins. Used to watch America Sews and Joyce Drexler appeared there frequently so I knew the proper way to place my thread but it was good to have my senior memory refreshed. Love all of the Sulky threads. Thanks for the article and the opportunity to enter the contest.

  19. Marty Askins says:

    Great information on stacked and crosswound thread! I learned that my stacked spools should be on a vertical spindle. Thank you so much, I didn’t know any of this. I now know why I have been having problems with my thread.


    A learning experience.
    I have the thread stand and will need to make use of it from now on.

  21. Autumn P. says:

    My machine has both. I think I had learned the difference in the thread winding but had forgotten. Thanks good advise.

  22. Rev. Diane Mettam says:

    Wow! I had no idea. I’ve been fighting a certain thread for awhile on my lovely BabyLock Espire, and maybe that has something to do with it. I think I have a spool adapter, so I’ll try that. Fifty years of sewing and there’s still something new to learn!!

  23. Nancy Sue says:

    Interesting!!!! I have a Husqvarna Madison (like the Prelude model) and it has a horizontal pin, with an optional vertical pin that I admit, I only used for filling the bobbin. Now I know!!! New info for me, but looks like I’m in good company, glancing at the others’ comments. Thanks for the assume info!!!

  24. Emily says:

    I am accustomed to vertical orientation – but not opposed to horizontal! Every machine I’ve ever had – from my first Kenmore portable to my current Pfaff – have vertical pins. I would like to invest in a convertable add on spool pin.

    Thanks a Bunch! Today I learned about spool orientation – vertical v. horizontal – and the applications of each!!

  25. Dea says:

    Wow – I certainly did learn something! I have sewn all my life from toddler age up – and am from a family of professional seamstresses – and I never knew about various orientations regarding various thread winding patterns! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I love to make discoveries ~ My spoolpins are all vertical – but now I’m gonna make sure to have each orientation available!

  26. Connie G says:

    Love the sulky threads! Thanks for the information!

  27. Christine Atwell says:

    My machine only has a horizontal spool pin, but I frequently use a thread stand. This will be helpful to know when it comes time to get a new machine. I will check to see that it has both vertical and horizontal spool pins!

  28. Nancy Angerer says:

    Very useful information. I have been sewing for 61 years and never come across this information before. I have a new Bernina and the spool holder is horizontal. I am sure there is a second one but I haven’t used it yet, so I am not sure of its orientation.

  29. Beth Bergmueller says:

    The spool pin on my machine is horizontal. Thanks for the great information I’ll have to put my thread stand to use. Love the Sulky Blendables!

  30. Kimberly Gentry says:

    Thank you for the information. I am trying to learn everything about sewing and using my machine with a new thread.

  31. Kathleen Hepner says:

    I have only one spool pin on my machine. It has a vertical orientation. I’ve been thinking for awhile about finding a way to adapt to the crosswound spools. I learned that the dealer may help me even though I have an older machine.

  32. Brenda Howard says:

    I learned that I need to change the set up of my spool pin. the new spool I put on is crosswound and I have it vertical. Thanks

  33. Marie Dusing says:

    I had noticed that thread was wound in two different ways, but didn’t realize that they were to be handled differently on the machine.

    My spoolpin broke off (it was plastic). Since that was the only thing wrong with the machine, I bought a thread stand. I’m still trying to adjust to it as it handles thread a little bit differently from the spoolpin. However, it sounds like I can use it with both types of thread.

  34. Regina says:

    Thanks for the tip. I had no idea.

  35. Liz Hughes says:

    My Janome has vertical pins, but it also has metal thingies (technical term) like the one in the thread stand pictured. I have used these for both types of thread. I will have to look at the set-up and at my manual to see what to do.
    Thank you!

    PS– I was pleased to see some Canadian winners. A few times I have answered long surveys or entered contests only to find at the very end that only US entries were accepted.

  36. Karen Prout says:

    I have two machines. Both have vertical pins & one also has a horizontal one. Good info here. Intend to read more before closing.

  37. Melody Brown says:

    My Janome has both spool posts. Good info on their uses. Thanks.

  38. theresa says:

    Yes, I had learned this at the Bernina shop. Mine is vertical.

  39. Kathy Garringer says:

    vertical. I learned that I could get an attachment for horizontal.

  40. Janette Schiedler says:

    I have always used a horizontal spool pin for stacked spools. Using a vertical spool pin makes a lot more sense.

  41. Marilyn Higgins says:

    I did learn something today. Thanks, I do have both spool pins.

  42. Cheryl says:

    My machine is set up with both types of thread holders. I usually use crosswound threads on the horizontal holder but on occasion end up with stacked threads and use the vertical one. It makes a small but noticeable difference.

  43. Donna Sommers says:

    Learning is Growing! Now I know why the crosswound threads work better on my horiziontal thread holder! Thanks for the new knowledge and helping me grow!

  44. Ursula Johnston says:

    My machine has a horizontal spool pin – and I am also using crosswound thread — need to correct that situation! Useful information. Thank you.

  45. Andrea Young says:

    My machine allows for both types of thread release. It is certainly helpful to know why it’s set up that way. Thanks for the lesson on threads.

  46. Evelyn Bylemeer says:

    I had heard this before but never paid a lot of attention to it as it was not explained as well. I will pay attention now. My machine has orientation for both.

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