The Stop or Locking Reel is a dealers' item that sells for no less than twenty-five dollars. However, here is a simple method that Fantasio uses that can transform any regular Reel into a Locking Reel without damaging the prop.
Find a small piece of leather about one-eighth of an inch thick and cut a circle disc of about three-eighths of an inch diameter. Using a needle, make a hole in its center as shown in Figure 1.
Pull out the Reel's thread and insert the end through the hole in the disc. Then tie the end of the thread to something to prevent the thread sliding off the disc (a safety pin is good) as in Figure 2.
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