Question: What's the name of a small Australian animal
and the company that makes the perfect accessory for your sewing
The answer is the "echidna." The animal looks
rather like a porcupine with its spines. And, I guess you could
say that the accessory also has spines--10 of them that stand
straight up to hold your thread at eye-level above and behind
your sewing machine. (pronounce like "eh-KID-nuh")
And, for all you people who couldn't figure out how to pronounce
it under its former name, no worries mate! This product is now
known as the Martha Pullen Thread Stand.
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The unique design of the Martha Pullen Thread Stand uses the
weight of the sewing machine to hold it stable. This translates
to no clamping or screwing to attach it to a table or machine.
It also makes the Martha Pullen Thread Stand very portable.
All types of thread can be held on the removable, quick change
platform, which can be removed so that the Martha Pullen Thread
Stand may be lowered with the machine into most types of sewing
cabinets that use a lifting device. Additional platforms may be
purchased to hold more thread--for example, you may wish to store
all your metallic threads together on one platform.
In addition to holding thread, the Martha Pullen Thread Stand
cuts and clamps threads that are not in use, thus avoiding tangled
threads. An even better feature is that it holds thread upright--the
way thread manufacturers intended--and feeds a smoother thread
to your machine.
The thread delivery arm, which extends out to the right has three
slots--great for twin or triple needle work. (Where do you even
put that third spool on most machines anyway?) Another use for
this gadget is winding your own cords. Just place the threads
or cords you wish to use on the Martha Pullen Thread Stand and
twist together or wind onto a bobbin for bobbin work. I'm sure
you will not only find other uses for this device but you will
soon wonder how you ever lived without it--it will become your
most used sewing gadget
According to its inventor, Gary Walker, a native of Queensland,
"The Echidna was born out of frustration. As a sewing machine
retailer, I decided to focus heavily on sales of household embroidery
machines in 1994. These marvels of modern technology were amazing,
but what frustrated me more than anything else was CHANGING THREADS.
This seemingly simple task was in my opinion the most frustrating
aspect of machine embroidery. Why was there not a better system
of thread delivery on such advanced machines?
"In 1995, I decide to fix the problem and set about designing
a device that would be suitable for all machines and hence the
Echidna was born. The product we are now presenting has been fine-tuned
to deliver hassle-free thread delivery and more importantly relieve
the frustration of repeated thread changes which are inherent
part of machine embroidery."
The "Echidna" is Patent Pending and the name "Echidna"
is Trade Marked.