I love these. I bought my first set years ago and no regrets. Yes, at first they might be a bit tight, but it doesn't take long before the floss/thread pulls out smooth. It doesn't put any stress on the thread as it feeds through the hole either. I do a lot of stitching "on the go" and these are great because the thread stays clean and doesn't tangle. Before I had the Bubbles, if I dropped the spool it would unwind as it rolled across the floor. They also make great gifts and donations to fundraisers.