Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cross-Wound Thread

Aurifil thread (my favorite kind of thread!) is cross-wound on the spool, which means that the threads overlap in an 'X'. Cross-wound thread is meant to be pulled off of the top of the spool and the spool is supposed to stay in place. Because of this, you will want to put cross-wound spools on your horizontal spool pin on your machine.

If you don't have a horizontal spool pin (many older machines don't), take a cup and drop the thread in it, place it at the back of your machine and thread your machine normally. The thread will pull off the top of the spool like it's supposed to.

A straight-wound spool means that the thread is just wound straight onto to the spool (no 'X').  These spools are meant to sit on the upright spool pin. The actual spool is supposed to spin when the thread comes off.

Now you know the difference between straight-wound and cross-wound and you can put your thread on the correct spool pin!