Here are some of my favorite sewing hacks and tips.This is the spare spool holder on my machine. I place a large cap on the bottom and then one of the smaller ones near the top.
Then I can use it for a spool that is too large for the regular horizontal spool holder. The bottom cap is where the spool rests. The smaller cap prevents the spool from wobbling.
Sometimes, I forget to remove a pin and then hit it with my needle. If I pin my projects parallel to the foot, then I don't need to worry about removing them because the pins don't get near the needle and I never hit the pins.