DIY – Making Your Own Temporary Sewing Machine Thread Stopper


By Robert Voss

Recently, I purchased a used sewing machine from an online auction site. At the time, I did not realize that this unit was missing the thread stopper. Without the thread stopper the spool of thread would go everywhere. This is not a good thing.

So I thought long and hard about making my own thread stopper. To make your own just think out of the box and use any resources that you have handy. Next, I took a black plastic bottle top from the Powerade bottle to use it as a temporary sewing machine thread stopper.

What you need to tackle this project is a few drill bits 7/64”, 3/16”, ¼”, a power drill, any plastic bottle cap that may work, and general-purpose masking tape. If you don’t have any of the project material then improvise.

Let’s start this project together. First, on a wooden sheet place your plastic bottle cap on the flat surface. Next, place a small piece of masking tape on the cap in the center facing you. Then get your power drill and start with a small bit first such as 7/64” for a tiny center hole. Make sure you drill the hole in the center of the cap. Mark the center if you have too.

Next, change to another drill bit. Use 3/16” to start and to make it bigger just continue going around with the same bit until it fit the thread stand. Note some sewing machine manufacture may have different sizes. This will be a custom fit to your sewing machine.

The final step on this project is that I used the ¼” drill bit on the plastic cap. The hole should be tight and not loose. If it is too loose it will not work. Then go ahead and make another one. One will be surprised on how this project turns out.

Finally, I used this temporary sewing tread stopper and it works fine. Next, I was able to put thread one two separate bobbins without any problems. Good luck and happy sewing.

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