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    How old is too old to use thread? Recently took household items out of storage after 8 years. Storage wasn't as climate controled as we thought it would be so am concerned about the thread. Should I just pitch it?

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    Senior Member redrummy's Avatar
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    pull some off the spool, and try to break it. Did it break easy? if so pitch it.

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    Some of it holds up just fine. Some doesn't. Do the test above and check it our before using.

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    sew a seam and try pulling it apart

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    Super Member Charlee's Avatar
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    Temperature shouldn't effect fabric or thread...it would be moisture and humidity that would have the negative effect....
    I agree with what the others have said...I have some thread that is on wooden spools that my mother had that is just fine!

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    The only test I have ever heard of was pull it and see if it breaks .

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    The only test I have ever heard of was pull it and see if it breaks .
    That's the only way that I've been taught to test thread also!!

    I also wanted to welcome you to this wonderful board from Florida!!

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    Super Member ghostrider's Avatar
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    Eight years is a drop in the bucket. Some of mine is eight times that old and is still sound. The outside layer weakens first so you may want to "unpeel" it a bit before you try the snap test.

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    I pick up a lot of thread at garage/estate/auction sales & when it is older thread I check to see if it breaks & if it does I just keep unwinding it until I can't break it anymore. Usually once you get that first layer off the rest is good.

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    Very good info ladies!!!!

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