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One of those DUH! moments! And a good tip for quilters

I was looking at the Joann website out of boredom- there's nothing I really "need". I looked at the June Tailor wooden thread racks (I have four of the 120 spool racks) and read some of the customer reviews. One person complained that the pegs for the spools were too short to hold the spool with the matching bobbin on top of the spool. Two reviews later a customer commented that she put the bobbin on the peg first and then the spool on top. Duh..... Now I can get rid of several of my bobbin boxes and keep the matching bobbin with the spool- on the same peg but *under* the spool!
Leslie (spool- one of those words you can say four times quickly and it doesn't make sense any longer! LOL) & The Furbabies in MO.
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A while ago I started getting the straws that will fit through the spool hole. Place the straw over the thread holder peg, now you can really stack up the 'like' color threads on one straw. If your thread holder is hanging on the wall---like one of mine---you can cut the straw in half and still extend the peg. HTH Barbara in SC
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Bobbie Sews More
Ah, but Leslie (the dear friend who gave me my first Kinkamee silk thread for appliqué), I do hope that you are protecting your precious thread stash from Mr. Sunshine, not to mention other damaging unspeakables. Well, not all are unspeakable. Comes to mind, Patti S who mentioned one time that her furfaced Murph joyfully teethed on her only spool of yellow. I have to keep my thread put away - baby gators will chew on anything. Polly
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Polly Esther
Polly - I'm so glad you mentioned that. I've been looking and looking at thread racks, pondering ...... "should I get one?" But something kept knawing at me and I couldn't figure out what it was - other than the fact that I envisioned a massive dust collector, and I'd have to suspend mine from the ceiling to keep Murphy and Kaz away from it :-) I have an antique, 4-drawer sewing chest that I keep all of my threads in, and it's just a pain sometimes to find the one I'm looking for. I never gave Mr Sunshine a thought! I'd really like to read how others store their threads??? Covered or uncovered?
Patti in Seattle
Ah, but Leslie (the dear friend who gave me my first Kinkamee silk thread for appliqu=E9), I do hope that you are protecting your precious thread stash from Mr. Sunshine, not to mention other damaging unspeakables. Well, not all are unspeakable. Comes to mind, Patti S who mentioned one time that her furfaced Murph joyfully teethed on her only spool of yellow. I have to keep my thread put away - baby gators will chew on anything. Polly
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Patti S
Mine are all in a set of small drawers, Patti - definitely covered. . In message , Patti S writes
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I bought some see-through plastic boxes. These live in a drawer and hold lots of spools. When I'm searching, it's easy to grab a box (=lots of spools) at a time and easy to see what's in them. Roberta in D
"Patti S" schrieb im Newsbeitrag news: snipped-for-privacy@storefull-3155.bay.webtv.net... Polly - I'm so glad you mentioned that. I've been looking and looking at thread racks, pondering ...... "should I get one?" But something kept knawing at me and I couldn't figure out what it was - other than the fact that I envisioned a massive dust collector, and I'd have to suspend mine from the ceiling to keep Murphy and Kaz away from it :-) I have an antique, 4-drawer sewing chest that I keep all of my threads in, and it's just a pain sometimes to find the one I'm looking for. I never gave Mr Sunshine a thought! I'd really like to read how others store their threads??? Covered or uncovered?
Patti in Seattle
Ah, but Leslie (the dear friend who gave me my first Kinkamee silk thread for appliqué), I do hope that you are protecting your precious thread stash from Mr. Sunshine, not to mention other damaging unspeakables. Well, not all are unspeakable. Comes to mind, Patti S who mentioned one time that her furfaced Murph joyfully teethed on her only spool of yellow. I have to keep my thread put away - baby gators will chew on anything. Polly
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Roberta Zollner
Years ago DH made a huge thread rack which hangs on the wall. This was great when I was sewing clothing, however, I rarely use that thread now. I use my Great Gran's sewing table for storing my thread. It has bars that you slip the thread spools onto, but there weren't enough so I added trays. All the thread is in drawers.
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Bonnie NJ
I use coloured sorting boxes the ones with plastic dividers one can move around (mine are IKEA ones but many places sell them)
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Jessamy
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That's how I store my threads too. It works great. They aren't exposed to light and they are out of the way. (How muich of an effect does light have on thread anyway?) I have a separate box for my hand quilting threads.
Karen
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But, Polly, giving you that silk thread saved me from thinking I had to do a bunch of hand applique to "use up" that silk thread. So you saved my guilty conscience from hurting my poor ol' arthritic hands- you are the best of friends for saving me from myself. ;-)
I have 4 of the 120 spool thread holders on the wall in my walk-in closet in the sewing room.
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The new house (still on paper only at this point) will have a large cabinet on the wall with the thread racks inside the cabinet- like the house before the current one. Who knows what the next house two years down the line will have? LOL
So far Hoover has chewed a bit on an old rug and "trimmed" the philodendron a few inches on one tendril. (Yes, I know about poisonous house plants and we have taken care of that possibility.) He managed to escape from his crate (I goofed and only fastened the upper latch on the door) while we went to church and then out to breakfast. He didn't harm anything during his escape and free-roaming the house. I think he's going to be a most excellent QI all the way around. He has his very own piece of 100% cotton fabric that he proudly carries around. He thinks he's pretty cool- and so do we!
Leslie & The Furbabies in MO.
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I store mine in those Plano fishing lure boxes they are 1or 1.5 inches deep and have partitions. I have 2 to 3 small spools or 1 large spool per section. I have several and they are divided by category cotton, rayon, metallic, etc. The top of each box has a label denoting the contents, also use one for my machine feet and one for my assorted needles. The boxes are transparent but not clear like glass, they keep everything dust free, are stacked on a shelf, are easy to grab and take to a class, guild, or bee.
One of my guild mates once mentioned that they could depend on me to have spare needles, etc., as I always buy more when there is a sale. My Mum, Grandma and Aunt were all known to buy one pack of 3 needles and only changed them if they broke one. I often heard, "oh no, that was my last needle". There was no jumping into the car and going out to buy "a needle", and shopping trips only happened once every two weeks.
Bonnie, in Middletown, VA
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It depends. ;) I store the ones I use the most on a pegboard in my sewing room. I don't think Mr. Sunshine would have a chance to damage it, since these threads are used rather frequently and quickly.
Other threads (rayons -- gosh, I haven't used them in *ages*! -- and silk, etc.) are stored in a drawer with other notions in my little closet. I need a better way, but I'm limited on space.
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I really like the Sulky boxes.
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, NAYY. A bit pricy, but even with my vast thread collection I've only needed two -- one for the small spools, one for the larger ones. They've held up well through being dragged around to classes and retreats, not to mention abuse in my sewing room.
Cones are a different matter. I had to custom make my cone racks, since the ones at TSWLTH don't fit real cones of thread.
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Kathy A. (Woodland, CA)
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Karen,
UV rays will cause the colors to fade.
I am a cross stitcher too and I always get UV blocking glass put into my work whenever I have it framed.
Jenn in CA
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Jenn in CA
Patti: Yep, it is good to avoid the sun and dust. My threads are all stored in boxes designed for little toy cars. No writing or logos, just semi opaque plastic. Two doors, lots of spaces. The boxes are generally available in the Big Stores when the Christmas Rush starts in the Toy Department. (Should be starting soon. SIGN!) Individual bobbins are in trays in SM desk. I also have quantity purchased pre wound bobbins in basic colors in bags. PAT in VA/USA
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Awwwww, how precious. Love all those furry darlings for us. Polly
"Leslie wrote > So far Hoover has chewed a bit on an old rug and "trimmed" the philodendron a few inches on one tendril. (Yes, I know about poisonous house plants and we have taken care of that possibility.) He managed to escape from his crate (I goofed and only fastened the upper latch on the door) while we went to church and then out to breakfast. He didn't harm anything during his escape and free-roaming the house. I think he's going to be a most excellent QI all the way around. He has his very own piece of 100% cotton fabric that he proudly carries around. He thinks he's pretty cool- and so do we!
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Polly Esther
Oh Leslie.... if he's carry around a piece of cotton - he was meant to be yours! Just have to know - is it a batik? :-)
Patti in Seattle
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Patti S
No, Hoover didn't choose a batik for his own- thank goodness! It's a light-ish gray leaf print. He grabbed it and I decided I could spare that piece, so I let him keep it. The fabric has been carried around for a week with much rrr-RRRR-rrr-RRRRR'ing (talking), been sneaked out into the back yard and into the swimming pool, been used for tug of war with the other dogs and pretty much loved raggedy. He's getting a lot of enjoyment out of that fabric! As we are by watching him strut around with *his* fabric. He is allowed into the sewing room where there's fabric piled everywhere, so letting him choose one piece for his own was a good thing!
He's soooooooo cute!!! (And no potty accidents and no chewing- like a very good boy.)
Leslie (gushing like a proud mommy!) & The Furbabies in MO.
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On Sun, 30 Jul 2006 22:41:37 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Patti S) wrote:
I've got mine in a spice rack that has a door with a Plexiglas center panel. I put the spools in so that I can see the thread color before I open the door. I've got bobbins in a couple of the clear spice bottles so the matching bobbin is easy to find as well.
My mom keeps her spools in a plastic shoe box, all laying in rows in the bottom so the sides of the spools point up. Easy to find the color she wants at a glance. Her bobbins are in one of those bobbin rings so they won't unwind. Debra in VA See my quilts at
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