serger thread hack

I recently participated in a charity sewing event, and I brought my serger to use for the day. I was so amused by my fellow sewists’ reactions to my conebobbinspools of thread that I had to create a tutorial.

a conebobbinspool of serger thread

Let me back up… As many of you know, when you first purchase a serger, one of the investments you make is in the thread. While one cone isn’t going to break the bank, buying four of them each (in oodles of colors) will definitely start to add up. Not to mention sorting out the storage of said cones.

I do keep four cones of the most frequently used colors on hand, but when I decided to round out my collection, I knew there had to be a workaround. I found several techniques online, and then I did my own thing based on a mishmash of these ideas, incorporating my needs based on the machines I have. Now, I only buy two cones of the colors I’ll use less often, and I use this technique in place of the other two. And actually, you could buy only one if you just want the color for a project or two. I know I’m not the only one doing this type of thing, but since it was new to my friends that day, I assumed it may be unknown to some others as well… so here it is!

serger thread hack

what you’ll need:

  • a cone of serger thread
  • empty thread spool, labels removed – the smaller Gütermann ones are the ones I use*
  • empty bobbin that works with your bobbin winder
  • hot glue
  • sewing machine (or bobbin winder)

*I’m sure any empty spool would work. I use this one because it stores easily (see below), it is almost the exact width of the bobbin, and I have a lot of them.

what you need

1) Apply hot glue around the edges of the top of the empty spool (opposite that rough ridge where you secure the thread). Be fairly generous with the glue to fill up those outer holes, but avoid getting it into the center hole of the spool; that needs to remain clear.

begin applying the glue

2) Press the bobbin onto the spool, so that its center hole is aligned with the spool’s. Hold it for a couple of seconds until secure. Then, reinforce the attachment by applying a little more hot glue at the holes, if the bobbin has them like this one does.

apply bobbin and reinforce with more glue

3) Place the newly minted combo on your winder, with the bobbin locked in, if applicable, just as it would be if you were about to wind a bobbin.

ready to wind

4) Set the cone on the table next to your machine for the moment. Secure the end of the thread from the cone onto the spool (not the bobbin) and wind it around a few times, in the same direction that it will continue to wrap when you press the pedal. Don’t put the thread through any of the channels in the machine that you normally would — the thread will go straight from the serger cone to the spool.

thread secured

5) Hold the cone of thread in one hand, grasping the bottom of the cone as to not get in the way of the thread. Start to lightly press the pedal. With your other hand, guide the thread, moving it slowly up and down the length of the spool as it winds, keeping it evenly disbursed along the spool. You can pick up speed as you’re comfortable, but it will be easier to control if you don’t max it out. Keep it up until the spool is as full as you’d like.

thread moving from cone A to spool B

6) Clip the thread between the cone and the spool, and you’re done! One last thing — if you are using a Gütermann spool like this one, place it on the serger right side up, with the bobbin on top. If you do it the other way, as the thread feeds through the serger, it can get snagged on the rough ridge at the bottom.

serger fully loaded

alignment of spools on serger

Oh, I almost forgot one of the best parts! For storage, the conebobbinspool fits neatly inside the hollow part of the serger cones, as I (rather excitedly) demonstrate next…

At the previously mentioned event, not only did someone capture a video of me refilling one of these, but he even edited it and set it to music. Thanks Andy! ;-) (You can click here to see it if it isn’t showing up for you below.)

Comments 220

  • Thanks for the demo, moonthirty, great pictures and a cool video. Having to buy all those cones of thread has been one of the main reasons I haven’t bought a serger. Maybe I’ll consider it now that I know a workaround.

  • Love your thread hack, will have to try it sometime when I run out of serger thread!!

  • You just made my day! What a great idea. I just pulled my serger out of storage to get reacquainted and dreaded the idea of buying more thread. I’ll definitely be doing this instead.

    • Kim, I was elated as well. This idea is absolutely brilliant. I love all time saving and just better ways of setting up and organizing my sewing. Thanks, Mrs. Kelley Bates, Balto., Md.

  • That’s awesome. I wonder if it would work with the side bobbin winder little machine too. I will have to try. If not, I will just use my machine like you did. (-‘

    Hi Donna! From looking at the pics of the SideWinder machines, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. If you find out, let me know! :) ~Susan

  • I’ll say it again: what a neat trick! :)

  • So I’ve been serging for years and I only have three sets of colors – black, white and gray, and I’ve only used the gray once, ha!

    Yeah, I’m way too cheap to buy four cones of random colors!

    I had to immediately go and check this out and I found out that if I use the same kind of Gutermann spools that you used I don’t even have to glue a bobbin on top, it can fit right on my machine’s bobbin winder and spin! Sweet!

    Nice! I tried doing that and it wouldn’t work on my machine, so you’re lucky! :) ~Susan

  • Since I use my serger while making costumes for the theatre and usually serger everything… I started buying 3 regular spools of thread alike..for my serger. They are easy to use, easier to store.. and find I don’t have to buy as much thread as you would think.. Also a tip .. at other times I keep one serger threaded with white or light colored thread and the other with black.. so I can use the serger..for any color material

    • i am new to surging. how does this work then?

      • How does it work…. it works great only have to buy the smaller spools … The surger with White thread, I use to finish all the light colored costumes. I most usually cut out the costume, then surg all the edges of the pieces before I put the costume together… every cut edge is surged. The black thread is for the material that is dark…. When the 2 machines are used as dark and light…then I use the large cones.
        I have other machines to do other things… one machine has a ruffler attached, another machine is great for easy button holes.. and I have an embroidery machine to use for decorating colors and cuffs. I have 9 machines altogether…

  • Brilliant!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Will you do a review on your serger? I am considering buying this model for my daughter, but they are not sold locally and I’d appreciate knowing from someone who has one.
    I have a Viking, but I can’t afford to buy her one of those right now. Thanks in advance.

    Hi cneubie — I don’t have a lot of experience with other sergers for comparison’s sake, but I have loved using this one (Brother 1034D). I bought it a little over a year ago, and I found the threading easy right away. I use it all the time and haven’t had any problems. I definitely don’t take advantage of all the things a serger can do, but I regularly use it to finish seams, sew knits, and do rolled hems. Two thumbs up! ~Susan

    • Hi, I have had this serger for 4 years and I love it. It has more features than one I had from New Home (Janome) and at about a third the price. You can find these at or I also think you can purchase extra feet at either place.

    • When researching a replacement for my broken Singer serger I knew it had to be easy to thread. I also have the Brother 1034D and it works for me. Doesn’t do everything that some do the sewing tv shows do, but i’m a happy camper. My daughter went through the same research and ended up with the same.

  • Love this idea! I have a whole drawer full of cones of thread, but often have none to match a particular project. I will be using this idea for sure.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • What a great idea-thanks for this tutorial!!

  • “FANFABULOUS!” I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!!! I’m definitely going to do this :0)

  • Love the idea! Thank you for sharing. I have lots of plastic bobbins, so I will use them up.

  • This is brilliant. I am going to share the link on my blog. Thank you

  • Great idea, I mostly use white for everything but this is really would be a help when you want something spacific.

  • Can you just use the bobbins by themselves? Hmmmmm

    Hi Michelle! Yes, you totally can — in fact that’s what I was doing at first, but I found myself having to refill them too often, which is why I started looking for a way to hold more thread. :-) ~Susan

  • thanks great idea if your wanting to do edges. like some of the other ladies here I use three basic coulors but when it comes to hemming or edging it will be great to just use the correct colour thanks again for sharing :)

  • will use this with my regular machine as well can use the serger thread in basic colours

  • How clever are you? I’ve been winding mine on a bobbin winder because I weave also. I LOVE this idea! Thanks.

  • This is the best idea ever! I’ve always wanted something like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is a fab idea. I have been sewing for years and I have never heard this before. You should submit it to the magazines, You will probably win a prize. Keep up the good work!

    Thank you Charlene! Maybe I should have thought of that before submitting it to the interwebs, huh? ;) ~Susan

  • Thank you so much for the thread economy tip – great idea. I am constantly amazed and delighted with peoples’ generosity on the web – makes me smile!!!

    Aww… thanks Tam! ~Susan

  • Absolute genius! I wish I’d seen this before I invested in too many serger cones. I know what I’ll be doing going forward. :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

    You’re quite welcome! I hope it works well for you. :) ~Susan

  • I use both serger thread and my sewing thread and my embroidery thread in my serger. I don’t really see the point of winding an empty spool of thread from a spool of serger thread and with the amount of serger thread I use I’d be winding every day. I’ll stick to the serger spools unless I need a certain color or type of thread. But I have to say, it’s a very good idea!

  • oh ya…this is now on my to do list…thanks so much for this money and space saving idea :)

  • To make a smoother wind, you can put your cone with thread on your serger and wind off of it. This way you don’t have to hold your cone while winding your spool. Just slightly guide with your fingers.

  • Cool idea,i admit i only have black and white as i use most of my serging inside the garment im making.A friend of mine had her hubby buy her a serger from sears and she just found it way too complicated so she returned it and i let her try my brother 1034D and she was converted )We bought both from ebay.

  • I just found this! What a great idea. I’ve been free motion quilting and was looking for a way to get thread off of large quilting cones to something bigger than a bobbin. I’m going to try it with my sidewinder.

  • I’m new to serging and wondered how come you can’t just put a regular spool of thread on the serger? I have a Singer Ultralock 14U34.

    Hi Marian! I’m not familiar with your specific serger, but the short answer, at least with mine, is that yes, I could. But there are two reasons that I usually choose not to use the regular all-purpose thread on my serger: 1) foot for foot, it’s much more expensive, and 2) it’s not as fine, so it creates a much stiffer, bulkier finish. Hopefully this helps, and good luck with learning your serger! :)

  • Thanks, I’ve had the plastic cones to break on 2 spools of serger thread. Now I don’t have to trash them.

    Wow, I’ve never had that happen! Glad you’ll be able to salvage the thread. :)

  • Thanks so much for great idea!!! I did this and it works GREAT!
    I am always up for frugal ideas using items you have to upcycle into something useful!
    Thanks again for sharing!

    I’m glad it worked for you Kelly! If you have any other uses for those spools let me know, I still have tons! :)

  • What a cool idea! I use really old (30 years or more) serger thread for all the hand basting I do on wedding gowns and change colors for each subsequent fitting like first fitting, red, second fitting (hopefully final) green and so on to keep track of which thread tracing is the correct one. Your hack would also work if you wanted to use up the remaining serger thread of an odd color in the machine by using an upright thread holder. Love your creative thinking!

    The different colors of thread for different sets of fitting/alterations — what an AWESOME idea! I’m totally going to use that. Thank you!!

  • This is excellent idea! I was using just bobbins but this is even better! Great! Thanks!

    • Thanks Beata — occasionally I do use just bobbins on the needles if it’s only for one project, but they definitely don’t last long at the loopers!


  • Hello, thank you very much for taking the time to write this “hack”. Beatrice.

  • Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing idea. I just bought a massive reel of good quality 180 weight monofilament thread that quilters usually use on long-arm machines. Would I be able to wind this using your method? I want my 2 thread flatlock to be near invisible on my serger, hence I need a second reel of monofilament thread.

    • Hi Shamin! I don’t see why not… I haven’t used that thread but I don’t see any reason this technique wouldn’t work with any thread, really. I’d love to hear about your results. Good luck with your project! :)

  • Thank you for sharing your idea! I just got my first serger for my birthday (61 yrs old) and was searching for serger thread vs. embroidery thread. Google brought your site up, I watched, I am hooked on your idea. Now to get an empty spool…….

  • Do both of the loopers use a lot more thread or just one of them, it seems that one of my cones empties out a lot quicker than the other, but it has been a while since I used it, and I can’t remember which one it is?

    • You know, I’m not exactly sure… The last time I had new spools on each until they were used up (which is rare for me — I do change colors occasionally!), it seems like my upper looper used a little more, but this probably depends on the serger, the settings, etc…

  • This is going to save me, and be fun, at the same time! Thanks for sharing…it’s brilliant!!!

  • I too am just beginning on my serger. I was concerned not only over buying a lot of cones but also storing them. I use normal matching thread on the needles although I only really need matching thread in the left hand needle if the seams are on the inside.

    I don’t like the solution of just using white and black because the contrast is too great with most fabrics. I bought 2 light grey and 2 charcoal. Charcoal worked great with dark purple and dark green, and the light grey worked fine with a light lime green. At a glance you don’t even notice that the looper thread is grey because the tone is the same and the grey doesn’t provide much contrast.

    I will get more cones but I don’t expect to need much variety. I may have to get a beige and a medium brown eventually but so far all my projects are working great with the range of greys.

    • I bought three cones of gray and use regular thread in the needle when I bought my machine recently. Gray does seem to work with lots of fabric. Thanks for your suggestion of the range of grays. I’m going to purchase some charcoal. Thanks!

    • Great ideas on the color grey. I have a Baby Lock Imagine which is so easy to thread but it’s usually threaded with white. I’m all for using grey shades now. Thanks!

      • I bought the Baby Lock Evolution – amazing threading. I hated threading and also messing with tensions in my previous machine. This is a dream.

  • I usually buy just two spools of various colored serger threads, and stock up on black and white. I thread the upper and lower loopers with the thread colors to match my fabric, and either the white or black depending on the color of the fabric. I find this saves me money in the long run.

  • ho j adore l idée on a donner a ma mere des tas de cone industrielle et on s’en ai jamais servi ne sachant pas comment et n ayant pas de surjeteuse mais la on peu meme s’en servire sur un mac normale merci bcp.

  • I just bought my first serger but haven’t bought the thread yet…as you mentioned, it can add up quickly. I was just searching the internet to see if I could use an all purpose thread on my serger and I found this tutorial instead. Great idea! Thank you so much for sharing, you just saved me a lot of money, and undoubtedly the headache of jamming my brand new machine with the wrong kind of thread!

  • I received a serger as a Christmas gift and its still in the box, it’s intimidating. Your “hack” as you call it has given me the push to get going. I have an embroidery machine and I’ve invested a small fortune in embroidery thread, so I’m thankful for this tip. Thanks!!

  • Purchase thread from joann when it is half price.

  • Im still so intimidated by my serger ( we call it Overlocking Machine in South Africa), but this is a really helpful hint, I will definitely be using my machine now. Thank you

  • this is a really great idea! Thank you so much!! I had extra large spools and haven’t used them for months because I didn’t know what to do with them. Now I do! Thank you so much!

  • That is awesome! I am trying to edge a unique color fabric that I finally found a regular spool of thread in a matching color, but certainly no cone thread on that color. I certainly needed a hack!

  • I didn’t know that! Thanck you!

  • What a good idea! I had the same qualms about buying lots of cones of thread–the storage as much as anything; those things take up a lot of room!
    One idea–I never seem to have enough bobbins; I’m not sure about tying up bobbins to store serger thread. I think….if I did this I’d either use poorer quality bobbins, or I’d just pop the bobbins off and then reattach them as needed.

    • Both good ideas! When/if I ever run out of these metal ones, I will do one of those — these were for my first machine and can’t be used in my current one, hence their repurposing. ;)

  • […] year or two ago I came across a tutorial for winding serger thread onto empty spools to avoid having to buy so many spools of thread for small projects, and I thought – “What a […]

  • Susan, that is a fantastic idea! :o I’m so going to try it. Thanks for sharing it. The video was fun! :)

  • This technique is the best one among all out there! Thanks a ton! :D

  • Oh, thank you! You helped me with my serger thread issues AND I just bought a new Elna and I haven’t been able to use the serger spools to sew with the way it has to be threaded. So now I will be able to use these spools that you taught us to make with my Elna! xo

  • I use a mason jar to hold my cone thread when i need to coordinate colors with my sewing machine.

  • how do i change colors for the thread on the serger without changing all the thread? new to surging.

  • This is fantastic. I was given a large tote of cone spools and some of them had started losing their thread and I had no idea how to salvage them.

  • You are a genius! I see by the dates of most of the comments you’ve been at this for awhile. Me and my serger Love you.

  • yes great idea, also if you cant afford to buy the four cottons, in 4 colours as mentioned, check out your threads on your serger/overlocker, there are really only 2 main threads that show up ,that you can see, on your finished garment, so just use the correct colour for just those two cottons and it really wont matter too much, as you don’t see the other ones. Or another hint; just use white for light colours, grey or light blue for others, and of course black for dark sewing, been doing it for years. Even for professional dressmaking. :)

  • Thank you! This is a great tip!

  • I created one with toothpicks.

  • This is genius…..thank you. ☺

  • That’s so cool. Going to try it.

  • This is an awesome idea! thank you for sharing

  • Whoooo hooooo, who knew? Awesome lesson! Been sewing & serging for 30 years and never thought of this or heard of it anywhere else! Thanks so much!!

  • This is amazing – – thanks so much for sharing. Will give it a try.

  • Thanks for sharing, I use bobbins, to thread my machine with, for colors that I don’t use often.

  • Always love a hack/workaround/cheat… Thanks so much for a great walkthrough… x

  • Forget the serger…I buy the cones for my regular sewing machine and have made all kinds of devices and contraptions to use the cones, some work better than others, but this is revolutionary!!! The cones are so much of a cost saving over the spools and I can go through spools like crazy on a quilt. Sometimes it can be such a fight that it is almost not worth the savings. almost. I am so excited over this I may have to go sew a quilt tonight. Oh, right. I am. And the storage inside the cones?? Happy Dance. Thank you.

  • Wow, this is a dream come true. Thanks!!!!!! :-)

  • Thanks so much… I will definitely be trying this great idea!

  • Thank you so much for this! I recently bought my first serger (I’ve had it for a few days but haven’t opened it, there will be a grand ceremony for it’s christening) and the one thing I didn’t anticipate was the amount of cone thread I would have to invest in especially since I don’t sew in black or white a lot, I’m one of those neon lovers. This is the PERFECT hack for saving money! You’re wonderful!

  • I have a huge basket with a lid that is overflowing with serger cones. This tip is the greatest idea ever. Thank you.

    I would like to add a little about Maxilock Serger thread. I might just be unlucky, but I’ve bought several cones where the thread has been cut or broken in places throughout the spool. One time when I took the plastic off, you could see many cut threads hanging from the bottom of the cone. When I took that one back, no questions were asked. I asked for a refund. I don’t think they were surprised. Needless to say, I don’t buy that brand anymore.

  • Thank you so much!!!!!

  • This is awesome. Thank you so much! I was on a roll trying to get my son’s quilt finished when I ran out of thread. I did NOT want to make a trip to the store with my 3 kids for this one little, but critical, item. I happened to have a cone of white serger thread but couldn’t figure out how to use it on my sewing machine. This worked perfectly!

  • Coucou
    J’habite à Aubagne en France. Je faisais la même chose mais avec les canettes.
    Maintenant j’adopte votre idée car elle est trop géniale.
    Un grand MERCI.

  • i like it very much!!..

  • Love this idea! Wish I had read this before I went out and bought 4 spools of lime green thread for a reversible shawl. Definitely had to match the color. Now I’m left with 4 spools I’ll probably never use again!

  • ..da muß man aber auch erst drauf kommen — werde ich , wenn nötig auch mal ausprobieren !!! liebe grüße beate

  • Brilliant! Some girls like you can think outside the box, very clever.

  • Thank you! That save sooo much money!!!

  • Danke – das ist eine super Idee!!!

  • Brilliant, I could only get 2 cones of thread left on sale and the attendant suggested to google this as she had read about it also. Love it thanks for sharing, video is fab too :)

  • Great idea! I am about to run out of one spool of white. I use coupons from Joann’s but it starts to add up when I need multiples.

  • Me parece fantastica tu idea gracias desde Malaga España

  • That is fantabulous

  • I am sorry but server thread and machine thread are not interchangeable. I am a mature sewer with 50 years of experience. Please don’t interchange theead

    • Was there a recommendation for interchanging the types of thread?

      • Regular machine thread is too heavy for a serger. It can be used for special applications but not all the time serger thread is too thin for sewing machine. It may break and it is not strong enough to hold a good seam. Also it may affect the machine tension etc. Use the best quality thread you can buy for your machines and be sure to use the appropriate thread for different fabrics and applications. Your hack is a good idea but I would not recommend it. Thanks for listening. Lots of experience has taught me to be careful and you will love sewing as much as I do.

        • Thanks, Elaine, for taking the time to share your thoughts and experience. I certainly agree that carefulness can be a virtue. I wonder if you read the above post? I clearly state the purpose for the serger thread hack, and using it on your sewing machine is not the intention. I wish you well in your sewing endeavors though, whichever thread you choose to use!

          • Bless you susan.

          • Not you, but several commenters stated that they use serger and all-purpose thread interchangeably. I was glad to see Elaine set the record straight. I have barely used my serger because I haven’t had time to get comfortable with it, so I read a book on serging, and that was one of the things I learned.

            And I was one who was concerned about the expense of buying 4 cones of every color, so I really appreciate this tutorial, as well as the advice that not all 4 threads show, so they don’t always have to be the same color.

  • Love you ideal Susan! But I’ve been told not to use serger thread for the top thread because it is much thinner than sewing thread and will break easy. But that I could use it as bobbin thread? Anything to that?

    • Hi Linda – I only use this technique for winding serger thread onto spools to then use in my serger. I don’t use serger thread for construction on my sewing machine, yes for that reason — it’s much weaker. I personally wouldn’t use it for either the top or bottom thread. :)

  • if you have bit seen this, I thought you might like it

  • Good idea, but I rarely ever change the colour of the looper threads, Usually change the left needle thread, sometimes change the right needle thread. Who cares what colour is inside if it can’t be seen.

  • Ahhh this is so useful! Thank you for sharing.

  • Can’t wait to try this out with my serger. I’d love to start right now but alas I’m in the middle of a move. I don’t think my husband would be to happy if I started tearing the boxes apart to get at my machine! Lol Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing. Given me an idea to wind bobbins from another machine where one broke :)

  • Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Thank you so much. I always waste to much thread because I don’t use it fast enough. This will definitely save me money.

  • What a totally brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing with us and I will definitely try it and pass it on to my sewing friends.

  • You’re a genius. I love it. Thanks for share.

  • Awesomeness!!!!❣️

  • Most serger cones are a Tex 27. Sewing machine spools range from Tex 28-30. That’s only slightly thinner. All sergers and sewing machines can handle a wide variety of thread thickness. That’s what the springs behind the tension discs are for. But buyer beware on any thread, especially cones. Off brands are frequently poorly spun making them break easier. If the thread looks “fuzzy” it will break easily. The slightly thinner thread for sergers is to cut down on bulk when using 4 threads for a seam. I am a 66yr old professional seamstress who uses cone thread in my regular machine all the time because of the shear amount of thread I go through. I use a Tex 10 cone for sewing lace on netting for wedding gowns. Works fine in machine but you should match needles to thread size. I agree with another tha wawak has great thread prices and they put maxi-lock ( my favorite) on sale a few time a year with a 50 cone limit. Sergers were originally developed for stitching knits, the seams of knit garments take a lot more stress because of stretching than a woven garment. The thinner thread holds up. I found heavy duty cone holders made from cast iron that won’t walk. I have one next to every regular machine. The bobbin holder from Nancy’s notions sits next to both sergers and especially my cover stitch machine when I need to match fabric exactly

  • WOW! I have been serging since the beginning of time…I have NEVER thought to do this…Thanks so much for education us experts.

  • Absolutely Splendid!

  • I have a baby lock model bl3-408. Bought 2nd hand, having had no previous experience. It constantly breaks thread. I have replaced needles, and it continues. Any thoughts?

  • Moonthirty, I love your idea! I wonder, though, if there wouldn’t be problems from the thread twist coming off the spool in the wrong direction. If so, I guess there would be nothing to stop me from winding it off the first hacked spool onto a second one, which would send it back around the way it was intended to feed. Another concern I have is that some of the newer machines wind bobbins so fast that surely the thread would cut your fingers. Maybe it would be possible to feed it through a plastic yarn needle to protect your skin. I’m definitely going to try this. Rarely use the serger because I’m a quilter, but there are times when it would be great. I bought some bargain serger thread when I got the machine a dozen years ago and the plastic cones are starting to disintegrate, though the thread still seems strong.

    • Rosalind, Please don’t use bargin serger thread on your machine. I did the same thing & had to keep taking my machine in to get it fixed. The repair place told me if I would quit using junk thread on my serger it would work just fine. She said that it left a residue on the tension disc’s & to only use “good” thread. I followed her advice & never had to take it in to get it fixed again. Sewed with it for many yrs til it totally died. Sometimes we save on the wrong end.

  • Genius idea!

  • I loVe this!! you’re a genious!!

  • Silly me but I was wondering what the purpose of the glued bobbin is?

  • Thanks for that great tip. I have a cabinet full of cone thread, but now there is a solution!
    Betty Davis

  • Serger Thread Work Around

  • Brilliant idea, will try this, would it be ok to ask if someone would have an instruction book for a Husqvarna 350 they could give me.. Just got my machine out again and need some help with tensions etc. Thank u.

  • What a genius idea. I love it. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Thanks! We moved and I left my serger thread, a huge box, behind. Mistake! This is just exactly what I need.

  • This is such a clever idea. Thank you…..wish I had seeing this a long time ago.

  • Thank you for sharing this great idea.

  • That is amazing how clever of you to think about doing something like that. Thanks for the great ideal. I have a lot of serger thread that I proable won’t use again in along time

  • I too a serger class at UNH and the teacher said that gray is a neutral color and to use that with anything you want to serge and it will blend in. It works for the most part.

  • Brilliant!! I found this hack just in time… I will be pulling out my serger this evening to fix seams on a whole pile of costumes for our church’s Live Nativity we’ve put on for the past 40+ years. These costumes have been used for so long that it’s not surprising they are coming apart at the seams!! Now I don’t have to worry about having enough matching thread!! Thank you!!!

  • What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  • Great idea. Thank you. Cute video, too.

  • What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  • This tip from the place I bought my serger was a really good thread saver. Buy two or three spools of light gray, medium gray and dark gray for serging with light, medium and dark colors. Buy only one spool of the color you need to match the fabric. If you mostly serge with three threads you can get by with two each of the gray shades or three each if you need to use four threads. Gray is also good on its own for an unusual color.

  • Thank you for sharing the idea. I have often thought of trying some thing like that but wasn’t sure if it would work. Now I know. I was just putting thread on the bobbins and using them for serger, only for the needles as the loopers use a lot. Now, I don’t have to buy as many spools either.

  • OMG!! Genius! Thank you so much for posting this!! You have saved me a ton of money!

  • Excellent idea. Thanks.

  • looks great hack. ‘Wish i could use them, but i’m doing hand sewing…since i ‘ve no sewing machine…used to it…good luck to your hacks

  • Wow!!! Thank You sooooo much!

  • thank you so much this will save money

  • Try a regular empty plastic spool like Coats and Clark, all sizes. These will have channels through which something may be threaded. I do not tie up a bobbin forever. Attach the spool to the bobbin with twist ties( the kind that come on the bread bag) or 2 or 3 pipe cleaners instead of glue. Try to keep the spool pin holes of the bobbin and the empty thread spool aligned as much as possible. This wobbles a little on my Side Winder, but with care, it winds well enough. After thread is wound, the bobbin may be attached to another spool… and so on. I buy ONE cone and fill three old spools for my 4 thread serger. The loopers get the cone and the biggest rewound spool of thread.

  • Do you know that the bottom of the guetermann thread pops off so you just put that part on your bobbin winder and put the thread spoil back on but only part way. No need to glue on a bobbin unless you’re wanting to do this to other brands of thread

  • Thank you susan. Great job explaining!!! Loved your pictures too! Awesomeness!!!

  • Genius! Way to put those brain cells to work!

  • Wow this is awesome, I dont have and electric machine or serger, my Fav sewing machine is a 1901 Singer Treadle, but for those with a serger this is an awesome tip. We women really shopuld be in on the design of a lot of machines and such, eh? :-)

  • That is a super cool idea. I have black, white, grey, cream and navy but I balk at buying others. Unless Lidl are Selling them cheap! If I am making anything very special then I sometimes buy 5 spools. 1 for the sewing machine and 4 for the overlocker.

  • I just put the regular thread in a coffee mug or juice glass behind the serger, thread up through the tall arm and down as usual. I’ve never had a problem doing it this way. You have to make sure not to put the end up of the spool where the little slice is to hold the end of the threat.. that would catch the thread and stop the whole process.

  • Thank u so much this is a great solution!

  • Thanks for a useful tip.

  • What a great idea! I use a serger on almost all my projects. I haven’t seen this yet and I’m so glad I came across your post!

  • I love this! The storage idea of putting it inside the bigger thread is even a more brilliant idea! Thanks so much!

  • I am wondering whether I can do it for an ordinary sewing machine? Has anybody tried? The reason I ask is the I buy a huge cone of Aurifil thread which is sooooooooooooo expensive for piecing which is OK for my larger machine but my Janome TXL has a side thread holder and it would save me so much money if I could wind a smaller cone for it, thanks in advance for any tips

  • Wow brilliant idea ,I was given loads of oddments of cones , now I know what I can do with them, thank you, now they won’t go to waste 😀

  • Excelente..!! Muchas gracias..!!

  • Amazing, never looked but now I can do this too. No more lugging big spools!

  • I have been doing this for years WITHOUT the hassle of the gluing the spool to my bobbins. The spool just fits on my bobbin post and winds perfectly . Works just as well for my embroidery machine too especially since embroidery thread is so expensive.

  • I just tried. And I loved it !
    Even more, I glued the other side of the Gutermann thread spool to the bobin so once the spool is made, I can remove this part and re-use it on another spool.
    This way, I glue only one of my (rather expensive) bobins.
    Thanks ever so much for the tip !

  • You can also use regular spools of thread on your serger.

  • For those new to servers, there are free You Tube tutorials on how to thread, etc. Just about everything. I use them a lot.

  • I have never seen this before. It worked great!!! Thanks so much!

  • Thanks for the tutorial, Cannot wait to tell the ladies at work.
    Cheers from Sudbury!

  • Thanks for the show, truly helps on fixed income

  • Bravo !!!!!!!
    Wonderfl idea

  • Excelente idea!

  • What a great idea. Can I use this in my newsletter?

  • Great idea….

  • DEFINITELY a hack i’m gonna use!!! Some regret not having sought out this economic solution when I was buying fashion colors!!! Ah well, live and learn!!

  • Wow..this is so timely as I have lots of sewing on my list this year. I love when I can use the appropriate color on each project. Thank you!

  • Muy buena idea ,tengo varias máquinas en la que los carretes grandes se enganchan ,de esta forma podremos hacer carretes más chicos para las máquinas más pequeñas
    Gracias !!

  • Great TIP! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Very clever!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Una idea fantástica. Muchas gracias. Nunca lo hubiera pensado.

  • Esxcelente Idea


  • This the best news I have seen. Thank you so much I knew those empty spools would come in handy. I am new to sergers. So happy to save money on thread

  • I know this is an old hack, but I just found it. Thanks. I just got my Brother 1034D to sew clothes for the children in Mexico. I am retired and love my new hobby. I also have the Brother PC420, so I guess I made the right choices for machines.

  • This is awesome now I can maybe stop serging in only black and white

  • It works! Tried it on my Brother Coverstitch 2340 CV machine. Thank you so much!!! Always looking for ways to save money!

  • Lei è un genio!!!!grazie

  • Thank you!!! I just bought a serger and I do not want to be thread broke. (Since I’m already fabric broke).

  • Seriously, i have had my serger for 26 years. I always struggled with this issue. So often i wished there would be a product offered to solve the problem. I tried the Bob N Serge product but of course one still uses bobbins in that case. Not enough thread. This is brilliant! Wish I’d known this 26 years ago! Thank you for your generosity in sharing! Many blessings to you.

  • Nice Idea, who can I contackt to find where I can bay some of the tools, parts or things they show on this program. Ananda ) 079 5218919 SA (I have a sewing bussines

  • What a clever idea! Love this – thanks for sharing!

  • Awesome. Thank you!

  • I never thought of this, TYSVM this is a time and thread saver lol.TY TY TY

  • Thank you for the trick . Do you tink it is possible to do the same with embroidery thread ?

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