Mine isn't as perfect as others, but it is better than it was! I had found this old thread thingie at Goodwill one day and figured I could use it. It was broken so I wasn't able to use it to its full capacity, so it became a place to stack my thread.
Yeah, so not working for me.
I went out and raided left over items in the garage that hadn't been cut up or needed for the basement redo.
TIP on the dowels. Take thread with you to the hardware store and the size of the dowel will fit right in the center of the spool.