You know that little sticker on the end of your thread spool, the one with the colour number on it? It’s great, until you try to place it on your machine. The sticker comes off and gets lost, breaks unevenly or sticks to the spool pin making it hard for the spool to turn evenly. It’s easy to fix all that with this little trick from Granny! (Find out how this series started.)

Within all Thread Riding Hood patterns and downloadable pdf’s, I’ve included “Notes and Tips from Granny’s Sewing Basket”. Granny capitalizes on the story of Little Red Riding Hood and takes creative license in proposing that Granny loves to sew! Throughout the patterns, these Notes and Tips are included to make your sewing go more smoothly. This series includes tips I’ve found helpful in my personal sewing. Find them pinned here: “Sewing Tips & Tricks” Pinterest board.

I don’t like losing the stickers from the ends of my thread. Then the colour number goes missing and it’s more complicated to buy more or match spools.

To keep the stickers in tact and attached: place a new spool over the spool pin backwards or “sticker first”. Wiggle it around to get the sticker to stay on tightly. It also helps to even out the opening in the spool since part of the sticker is now stuck inside. Once you’ve done this it is easy to put the spool back on correctly. Make sure it spins properly! Replace the spool holder, thread the machine and go!

While you are getting your thread ready, maybe you’ve forgotten how to thread your machine? Head over to my latest (aptly named) Craftsy post, “How to Re-thread Your Sewing Machine in 4 Steps” and get that sorted out too!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I’ve got projects upon projects to work on and photograph for the start of a special 6-part Janome series coming next week! Head over to Instagram or Facebook if you’d like some sneak peeks ahead of time.

What are you working on this weekend?