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The Importance of a Thread Stand on a Singer Featherweight

Learn about the various types of thread spools and why a Thread Stand is important for proper tension on a Singer Featherweight!


In the original days of the Featherweight, the only thread spools available were the wooden "stacked" spools, designed to spin as the thread was gently pulled straight in the direction of the first thread guide on the machine.  

Wooden Stacked Thread Spool

Today's new, modern cross-wound thread spools, however, are specifically designed to have the thread "lift" off to eliminate extra tension as the thread is directed toward the needle.

Auriful Cross Wound Thread Spool

Having these heavier-weighted cross-wound spools (while great for the quilt project) are not as conducive to unwinding the thread straight as the original wooden, stacked spools once were.  Therefore, it is imperative that the machine is properly threaded, with the first "hook" lifting that thread up and in the Thread Stand... it's a wire holder for the thread!  Your thread will flow more smoothly, your tension will be more consistent and your stitches more uniform.

Singer Featherweight 221 222 Thread Stand

Singer Featherweight 221 222 Thread Stand

The thread stands we carry are portable and perfectly suited to fit inside the Featherweight Case, making them super easy to tote with you to Quilt Classes, Retreats, etc.



Designed with sewing and care of the machine in mind, there is a secondary thread hole on the Thread Stand base to ensure proper alignment with the Featherweight machine’s normal thread flow. There is also a nylon washer at the base to prevent damage to the machine’s painted surfaces.

NEW, Updated Thread Path!  Now your thread won't slip out of the Thread Stand guide whether you use it for a spool on the top of the machine or with a cone at the back!  Simply thread the hole through the base of the shaft before going to the first thread guide on the machine.

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Singer Featherweight 221 222 Thread Stand

Singer Featherweight 221 222 Thread Stand

Singer Featherweight 221 222 Thread Stand

When using larger cones - you simply adjust the placement of the Thread Stand to accommodate front to back, which allows the thread to flow easily off of the cone from the table as shown below.