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Find answers to our most frequently asked questions below! 

Where do I find the Aurifil thread beginning?

Large Spool

  • Gently wiggle or twist the base of the spool to pop it off. The thread beginning will be hiding underneath. 
  • Hide or store the thread end underneath the spool base to keep spools neat and tidy when not in use.
  • When replacing the base, leave a bit of space in between it and the bottom of the thread.


Small Spool

  • Carefully drag the tip of a pin in the space between the thread and the top of bottom of the spool. The thread beginning is generally tucked in. 
  • Secure the end of the thread at the bottom or top of the spool in between uses. 



How should I place my spool on my machine?

To answer this one, let’s have a look at Aurifil spools.

Aurifil thread is cross wound — whether on a small spool, large spool, or a cone. 

For best sewing and embroidery results, we recommend that the thread be pulled from the top of the spool.

With that in mind, the best way to use a cross wound thread is with a horizontal spool holder. To remove added complications, it’s best to place the spool between a sponge base and a spool cap. Machines typically come with caps in two or three different sizes.

The spool cap should not be larger than the diameter of the spool itself, otherwise it may lead to the thread getting tangled, to upper thread tension fluctuation due to added friction, or to thread breakage. Since the small and large Aurifil spools have such a small diameter, we recommend the smallest spool cap size (some are a button spool cap that will fit right into the tip of the large spool itself!) It causes no interference whatsoever with the thread coming off the spool.




How can I use a cone with my machine? 

Many sewing machines offer optional add-on or even built-in spool holder with a vertical telescope thread guide. This is perfect for use with Aurifil cones. If your machine doesn’t have that feature or option, we’ve still got a great solution! Place the cone in a big glass or plastic container at the back of the machine and have the thread come up to the first guide, which ideally should be a hook as you can see in the picture.

This method works well under two conditions: the cone should be steady and not fall over and the thread must not catch on any edges of the machine, otherwise it will break.