How to Make Your Own (really cheap!) Cone Thread Stand

I have not been able to find a sturdy stand locally to use with cone threads. The only ones I’ve seen are attached to the table of industrial sewing machines. Purchasing one in the U.S. and having it shipped down has not seem cost-effective. Enter my homemade solution:

1. Take the plastic spindle of a CD case (we buy a lot of blank CDs around here!). For this purpose, you need one with a tall spindle.

2. Just in itself it is rather flimsy, but if you stack some old, discarded CDs on it, you will be weighing it down. (You can also lift the plastic disk and place small BB pellets under the disk to weigh it down. But old CDs work fine for me.)

3. Place your cone on top, and forget about it tipping over!

4. To complete the holder, place a small safety pin on your spool holder, and run the thread through the eye. Then thread your machine as usual.

A nifty, cheap, practical solution.

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  1. Posted September 11, 2010 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    ¡Me encantó!!!!!! Y ya estoy revoleando los ojos sobre el escritorio de mi esposo…..uyyyy …ahí veo un par… los voy a apropiar!!!!! Gracias por la idea. Muy ingeniosa!

  2. Posted September 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh my. What a brilliant, yet simple idea!! I work at an office, and there are always spindles being used up. I’m going to raid the stationery cupboard at work and find myself a new spindle. I’ve been wondering how to use up these larger thread reels… and a safety pin?? Oh so easy.
    THANK YOU!!!

  3. Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this great idea. I just purchased a metal holder. I wish that I had seen this a few weeks ago. I can still use this idea for my lighter travel machine, though.

  4. Posted March 22, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    This is fantastic! I was searching to maybe buy a cone stand, then stumbled onto a few DIY ones, but this one tops them all! I already have mine all set up and I only just found your blog post a few minutes ago! Just have to buy some thread now. Thank you!

    Posted July 30, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea! I need one bad for my spools of thread i’m about to buy. I’m so glad I ran across your blog!!!!!

  6. Helen
    Posted September 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    This is just brilliant – thank you so much for sharing this.

  7. Shawna brown
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    That’s a wonderful idea. I bought a plastic storage basket with holes in the sides. I slip a wooden spoon through the cone and the holes. I can store extra cones of thread in the basket as well.

  8. Aminah
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    This is amazing! I always use serger cones with my sewing machine and you don’t know how many times I’ve tried to jimmy-rig something to no avail. I will be doing this tomorrow.

  9. Posted November 22, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou, that safety pin is a brilliant idea, will try the spindle when i find one unoccupied.

  10. Joan C. Wolfe
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    GREAT IDEA…..I should be soooo smart……..and it works toooo!

  11. June
    Posted March 1, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    I’ve often wondered how I could use those large cones of thread with my sewing machine. Thanks for the brilliant idea!

  12. Cindy Duncan
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I always try to re-purpose things. But never knew what to do with all these empty CD/DVD cases. Now I know. WOW. What a great Idea ! Thanks.

  13. donna
    Posted March 12, 2013 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    This is so much neater than my pencil taped to the thread holder. 🙂

  14. Patti
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    This is so great!!! Thank you!!

  15. Becky
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    Angie, thank you so much for this post!!! I rigged up a spool holder, but the thread was a different story~~ this is so clever!

  16. meredith
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    I’ve tried a couple other things that worked, sort of. At one time, I had one of those metal rods on a plastic base screwed into my sewing table. The problem with that was it was always in the way when I needed to cut fabric. This is much better because it can be moved. Thanks.

  17. Donna B
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    You’re a genius! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Posted July 31, 2013 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I was looking for one this morning online at my local stores. This is genius! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Joyce de la Rosa
    Posted September 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the idea. I’ve been using a tall glass. What is really giving me that V8 moment is the safety pin. It works great, especially when you are dbl seaming.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! (Can you tell that I am really appreciative?)

  20. Posted November 6, 2013 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Excellent tip! I’ve been using a large cup but couldn’t work out how to get a loop on the top to run the thread through. Thanks for sharing!!

  21. Posted November 6, 2013 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    Love the ide 🙂

  22. Sandi Grodek
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    What a super idea. Thank you from Cleveland,Ohio,USA

  23. Peggy Hendrick
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I don’t have a tall enough spindle either and here I am looking at one of the cd spindles right next to my computer…thanks for sharing

  24. barbara woods
    Posted November 6, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    I taped sissors to my machine and sit my thread into a cup, works

  25. Posted November 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    You are one smart thinker…I love it!


  26. lyn lewis
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

    Ingenious! Many thanks for sharing : )

  27. Quilting Tangent
    Posted November 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Love the way you think, great solution.

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