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Thread: THREAD - How Old is Too Old?

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    I am about to put the binding on Jim's Log Cabin. I got two stitches in with white when I said "What am I doing? It needs to match the fabric. I got out some dark blue and it was a spool Jim himself had bought at a store that went out of business over a decade ago. I gave it a really good tug and it did not break. Can I trust it?

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    when it breaks when one tugs on it

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    I've used old thread. Not in high-stress areas, but the tug test works for me.

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    If it didn't break when you tugged it I would say it's OK to use.

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    This reminds me of a couple of years ago, I was working on some blocks at my Mom's, a neighbor had stopped in to visit. Well, I was about to run out of thread, the neighbor said, well I have a bunch at home I can run get. It's some stuff I got when I was working at Haggar's......that factory has been closed down over 20 years. Told her thank you, I think I have some at my house (closer than hers). Wondered at that time about if it would be good still...

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    I have a lot of thread I've gotten at estate sales, etc. Most of it has been really good. A couple seemed to be good, but about half way through the spool it would begin to break repeatedly while machine sewing with it. I have no idea why thread towards the middle would be more fragile than the outer thread!
    So I use them until they prove different. :-)

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    Put your thread in a baggie in the freezer...it does wonders! I've rejuvenated heat'n bond the same way.

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    Wow thimblebug, I learn something new every day.

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