How to Find the End of a New Spool of Thread (Helpful Guide)

Getting the thread to unravel off a new spool doesn’t seem like it would be difficult to do. Yet time and again those spool manufacturers find new places to hide the ends so you can’t find them. It is a frustrating problem but not hard to solve.

How to find the end of a new spool of thread: Everyone has trouble from time to time finding the end of the thread spool. The end of the thread likes to hide and make it difficult to unravel and thread your machine. A needle is a good tool to use and it keeps you from unraveling too much.

To learn more about finding the end of the new spool of thread, just keep reading our article. It is filled with helpful tips and hints to save you time, energy and a lot of thread.

Can't Find End of Thread


It does happen. For some reason, thread manufacturers cannot find a consistent way to end a spool of thread. They seem to enjoy making their customers spend a long time searching and wasting the thread on the spool.

Maybe it is their way to get people to buy more thread. Who knows but one thing is for sure, it is a frustrating waste of time when the end of the thread remains hidden. One solution is to move the spool between your fingers.

It doesn’t always work but sometimes your fingers can attract the thread end and make it magically appear. Or you can look at the pattern of the thread and see where the last bit is headed. Once you find that thread you can find the end with a little work.

Finally, some plastic spools have a little groove carved into them and that is where the manufacturer places the end of the thread. A needle or a pair of tweezers can help you get the thread loose and you are on your way.

The trick is to find that little groove first.

Finding a New Spool of Thread End


On the King Tut spools of thread, the end that you need to thread your sewing machine is tucked up underneath the top of the spool. It is a good thing that you can pry that top off or you may have a little difficulty getting to the thread end.

Gutermann thread is a little bit different. The bottom of the spool is indicated by the frilly edge that is where you should find the thread end. All you have to do is twist that bottom section and you should see the thread end waiting patiently for you.

What you are going to find is that a variety of thread makers will have the tops and bottoms come off so that you can get to the end very quickly and save yourself some time. Each brand may be a bit different and some may not have their ends come off at all.

How to Find The End of The Thread on a New Spool


It is not a great mystery when the thread end is gone and you can’t find it. You know it has to be there, the only question is exactly where? Different makers of threads have their ways of hiding the end so the thread does not come off the spool while it is being shipped, placed on the store’s shelves and so on.

Sometimes there is a little plastic film that keeps the thread end from starting the unraveling. Locate that little plastic piece and you should find the thread end. Or the end is up under the paper on one of the ends of the spool.

A slit is holding it in place making sure it doesn’t move until you free it from its spot. Other times it may be wrapped under another strand. Your fingernail can find it if you rub it against the thread spool long enough.

How to Find The End of Thread on a Bobbin


In this case, you may need to use a needle to help you find the end of the thread. The bobbins are not that wide and using your fingernail may not do the trick. Look for little notches or secret places that may house the end of the thread.

Once you have done that, it is best to make sure you always leave a few inches of thread unraveled so you do not have this difficulty again. Also, make sure to thread the thread through the notch and the little slit to make sure it doesn't rewind itself into the bobbin and you have to start all over again.

How to Find the Start of Crochet Thread


There may be a little consistency in where the crochet thread end is placed on a new roll or spool of thread. All you have to do is follow the outermost string. See where it goes and right after you can’t follow it anymore should be the end of the thread.

The end is usually tucked up underneath another string to keep it from unraveling. While you are doing that, do not remove the cardboard that is inside the thread. You may have more trouble with your thread than just trying to find the end.

Some Final Words

It may not be a complicated problem to solve but finding the end of the thread on a new spool certainly is one of the more frustrating tasks related to sewing. Not finding the end can waste a lot of time, not to mention a lot of thread.

But be patient and if you follow the above helpful hints and tips, you may be able to cut that time down and sew with less frustration influencing your work. A little patience is all you need and a good needle or fingernail to solve the problem.

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