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    Default Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    I finally got the frame to the point that it's all set up and the carriage is finally set up right (the gal that had it before me had the pieces on it all wrong - grrr - that's probably why she never used it) - and I am to the point of putting a spool of thread on the machine frame.
    The instructions say the thread spool holders -" they look like raised cross-hairs on each end of the Top Plate. These will hold most large spools of thread." The problem? They are solid, black plastic that look like a cross and there is no way any of my spools will sit on them. WHAT am I missing here? Is there a special kind of spool of thread I need to buy to put on these black things? Is there something I need to put on a spool of thread so that it fits on the black plastic thing? The black plastic spool holders will not turn, will not come off, etc. They are solid.
    I have been on the Grace website - tried to get on the Grace Machine Quilters at Yahoo - nothing else in the instructions except what is in quotes up above here - it's driving me nuts.
    Anyone know what I am not seeing of what I am supposed to use for thread?
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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    I have a different frame and setup, but I think mine has the same cone holder type things that my serger has on it. I am trying to find a picture for you, but not finding the same ones I have.
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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    The one on the right is similar to what mine look like: Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Trish, can you get us a picture?
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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Thanks Lisa. It doesn't look like my black plastic thing. I will check at Joanns on the way to my dads and see if anyone there knows anything and if the Hampden sewing place is open, I could check there too. I appreciate your replying. But now I've got to scoot. Let me try. But you've got to give me a few minutes.

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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Here is a photo. It's probably oversized but I can't figure out how to make it smaller. There are two of the black plastic spool holders. The one on the left is larger than the one on the right but still, the smaller one doesn't hold any of my spools either. Maybe I am supposed to take something off the bottom of the spool somehow? And, I have all different sizes of spools - some are pretty large.
    Well, darn it. I can't get the image to upload. Well, I have it on my phone so I'll show that to the people at Joanns.
    I'm sure the image is too large but I've got to scoot and I don't know how to make it smaller right now. If I don't get any help today later, I'll post a photo another day when I've got more time to deal with this.

    Thanks again you guys.
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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Quilting Irish, if you email me the image file I can downsize it to any size you need.

    Also a little while ago I had a question for the grace people and emailed them. I got an answer the next day, so that might be worth a try too. Ask an Expert Quilter

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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Carlie - thank you for the offer of emailing you the image file. I will contact the Grace people before I email you and maybe they can help me.
    I stopped in at the Sewing Store - of course they were closed on a Sunday. So I hit Joann's. The lady there told me that a cone thread would fit but they use that thread for sergers. She said it is very thin and would not use it in a quilt. And, unless she used more than one thread on her serger, she would not use it in clothing either. I told her thank you and I would buy a cone anyway just so maybe I could try it until I could get more advice.
    Off to email the Grace people. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Here is a photo. Don't mind the dust around it, I have to clean it off a little.
    I did send in my email, we'll see what they say.
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    Default Re: Question about thread for the Grace Machine Quilter

    Trish, those look like they will hold the bigger cones of thread that are made for sewing. A cone for serging could be used for testing it out, but I would not use it for quilting - it is a very thin thread and would probably break pretty easily.

    Several places sell 2 types of cones - a smaller one and a larger one, but I think they both have the same cone base dimension, so either size should fit your thread holders. Here is a link to the OMNI brand on Superior's site - I have been using it. Shop | Search: Thread OMNI

    If you are wanting to use regular spools of thread, you may need to add a different kind of thread holder that is just an upright bar.
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