Last revised on April 8, 2003

Crude, but effective

My sewing room is also my office -- since this box of labels was hanging around, I obliged it to pull extra duty as a thread dispenser beside the sewing machine.   I'd been using that homemade brass knitting needle as a stylus, but there are three more in the pencil mug.   And now that the box isn't occupied by a bounding ball, I might as well use it to store my spare thread, so that the next ball will be handy when this one runs out.  

A thread dispenser made from a knitting needle and a box

Note the loop in the thread, caused by the spool continuing to spin after the sewing machine stopped.   This will be straightened while the thread travels more than three yards, with two sharp turns, to the sewing machine.

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