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    We deal in used and vintage sewing machines which is a lot of fun- very frustrating at times, but fun especially the people we are blessed to meet. At times I run across older threads in colors I like.
    Somewhere in reasearching one of the machines I ran across the trick to put your old brittle thread outside in a zip lock bag over night and it would be good and strong come morning. Does anyone know or tried this and what do the outdoor conditions have to be to make this work? Thank you

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    I haven't heard of that.

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    Wonder if Mythbusters would take this on? :lol:

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    Don't know about putting it outside, but many who use embroidery thread put it in the freezer over night. They say it restores it to new condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feather3
    Don't know about putting it outside, but many who use embroidery thread put it in the freezer over night. They say it restores it to new condition.

    This is exactly what I've heard...put it in a baggie in the freezer overnight and is should restore it to like new condition.

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    The thread becomes brittle when dried out- putting it into a ziplock - in the freezer or outside simply allows humidity to (moisturize) the thread- helping it to not be so brittle/weak. this is not necessary if you live in a humid climate- in fact in high humidity areas you have to deal with the opposite- high humidity rotting the thread-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Wonder if Mythbusters would take this on? :lol:

    Jan in VA
    I think we need our own version of Quilters Mythbusters!

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    But when it dries out again in your project, won't it break easily? :D:D:D

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