NOTE 2014-03-03: This post left for posterity, but it’s superceded (functionality wise) by this post.
In the early 1970s, thread manufacturers stopped using the wooden spools for their thread. This was strictly due to cost. A wood spool cost them between 2.5 and 4.5 cents per, where as a plastic spool cost half that.
Financially, it made sense. Unfortunately, the sewing experience doesn’t seem to be the same. Plastic spools hop all over the place, they’re loud, and let’s face it, they’re ugly too. I really think the older machines like the wood spools better too. They’re heavier and harder to “spin around” and mess with the tension.
I have my grandma’s old sewing basket, it has a bunch of wood spools in it. Some full, some empty, or close to it. She used to keep them to wind the thread ends onto.
On the Quilting Board, we were discussing why you couldn’t rewind some of these old spools. The easy answer is “there’s no product on the market that will do it”.
Today, I came across a photo of a Two Spools machine that was winding a wooden spool, and I decided it had to be possible for “the rest of us”, and if it was, I’d try to come up with a way to do it.
Note: This process will work better with a top mounted bobbin winder. It may work with a side mounted winder, but it may limit the size of the spool you can use. I can’t see a way it would work with a Self-winding bobbin. It should work with a Side Winder too. Also, for pretty obvious reasons, it won’t work with the long bobbins. 😉
Continue reading Project Rewind: back to the 60s – Reuse your wooden spools