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Thread: Thread drawer

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    Super Member Yvonne's Avatar
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    I had one of those a-ha moments yesterday. Must have been that afternoon cup of coffee! :shock:
    I've read all sorts of wonderful hits to help keep the thread drawer ever so neat! Wrap a piece of plastic around the thread was the one I thought was best. I cut my plastic and wrapped around but alas, it didn't hold. Still had my messy drawer of snarls and tangles.
    I finally realized (I can be a slow learner) that when I buy my thread it comes with this really neat sleeve that I promptly remove and throw away. Now comes my big A-HA! Keep the sleeve and put it back on the thread and I'll have a much neater thread drawer. Why have I not realized this before? Hmm. Am I the only one who threw away that little sleeve? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a thread drawer only a cat could love!!! :lol:

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    well Yvonne, I do not have messy drawers! :shock: LOLI just pull the end into the notch and stand them all on end. How will you keep that sleeve (that I throw away) on, it's too tight to just slip off isn't it? If I wrapped mine I think the sticky saran wrap would be my choice, if it's not too sticky. Those little nets for embroidery thread wpuld be good but that might run into some money if you have a good collection of thread.

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    My husband use to work for state parks here in NC and the park he worked at rented out group camps to no profit organizations. They had a lost and found box, cabinet ,closet or whatver where things these groups had left behind were accumalting. He was given the task of cleaning it out. Most was nothng I wanted or needed like cell ph with dead batteries, keys, jackets, etc. BUT there was one great item that he was allowed to keep as it had been in lost and found for years w/out being claimed. It was a wooden box(?) cabinet(?), I'm not sue exactly what to call it. It stands bout 18" high, has a handle at the top, hinges in the middle of one side and a latch on the other side. It opens up all the way and had one little tiny drawer at the bottom on one side. He went to Lowes and bought some tiny slats of wood maybe 1/4" thick and cut them to fit inside this box and now I have a thread cabinet that I can leae open all the time. It sits at the back of my cutting table which is agianst one wall and I can finally see at a glance exactly what colors I have and if I have any duplicates. I don't have a clue as to who left it behind but I am glad they did. I didn't realize how much thread I had stashed all over the room until I started pulling it out and putting it in the cabinet. Whew, I,m sorry, I ran of at the mouth agian. Lips zipped. :lol:

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    hi Yvonne what is a thread sleeve? and where do i find it on the spool, i hate to sound so dumb.

    Annette

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    Ohmygdosh. I have a thread foot locker. :lol:

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    Thread drawer? Wow! You guys are really organized!!! Since I don't have a sewing room....just a quilting house....lol I have thread in tins & boxes & on the table (& the floor too, I'm sure). I just bought a thread that has a wrapper on it for the first time last week! And I haven't opened it up yet. Usually I just buy the Coats & Clarkes brand & slip the end thru' the notch like Kathy. :P

    sue

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    Annette, I thought she was talikg about the plastic seal that's on it when you buy it, that's what I was refering to.

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    My thread collection was getting out of hand, and I knew I had to do some organization. I have a thread rack thats full with a rainbow of colors when I need to do some hand work. But for all my bigger spools, I purchased one of those 3 drawer clear plastic boxes from WM. The drawers are deep enough to stand the thread upright or you could lay them down so you see all the colors when you open the drawer. It was inexpensive and since it worked so well to keep my thread organized, I purchased another one to keep all my other notions in. At least I know I can find things when I'm looking for them!!!!

    Tricia

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    Interesting that this topic came up. I have a table top organizer, that works o.k., but I really would like to get a wall mounted thread organizer. My dear MIL, now deceased, had a thread organizer that was about 3' by 2'. It was wall mounted, and metal and had a design of an old fashioned sewing machine at the top left or right. Held quite a number of thread spools. I have looked everywhere for something similar, checked out websites, etc., but no luck. I don't know what happened to it after she died, I think one of her daughters got it, but not sure. Guess I should ask, huh?! I prefer wall mount b/c I don't have a lot of counter space.
    Julie

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    I had one of those wall mount thread holders. I couldn't see the colors of thread too well with mine because of the angle that the thread was stored on it. Also, all of my thread got dusty and dirty. I found I had to keep peeling off the outer layer before I could sew. So I got rid of it and went to the box method. I don't have trouble with tangles because I keep the thread ends in that slot on the spool. The bobbins were more messy until I got a box bobbin holder.

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