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Thread: thread storage?

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    I found a small jewelry cabinet at a garage sale that has good size drawers in it. I labeled each drawer with the color of thread in each drawer. Look for cabinets that have a lot of small drawers in it, like post office or library cabinets . They add charm to a room. I had thread racks and you are right, they get dusty, plus the thread strings tangle and are messy looking when they hang down. I did use round stickers I bought at Office Depot to stick on the ends of the loose threads, but that got old fast. I think better if I can keep things organized but hidden in cabinets when sewing a new quilt project.

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    hmmm, sounds interesting. I have a thread rack and thinking of using for other things. I like the drawer idea too.
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    I use the largest size leftovers containers (gladware or similar) and sort the spools by color family. I keep special threads (metallics, invisibles, etc) in their own contaners as well. They stack beautifully on a small shelf next to my sewing machine and tags make it easy to find what I need. I also keep notions in the same kind of container (one for needles, one for fabric chalk and markers, etc. etc.) Inexpensive, looks halfway decent, and it keeps my stuff from getting dusty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewellie View Post
    I read this somewhere but can't remember where. I don't know how to post pictures on here by if you pm me with your e-mail address I can send the picture through my e-mail. Anyway, we took the picture boxes that JoAnn's put on sale, or use the 40% off, and glue golf tees to the bottom of the box. I used the long tees and I can store the spool of thread and the bobbin with matching thread on the same tee. Very cheap fix. And they have a lid. You could use any box that is deep enough to put thread and bobbin. I can get 18 in mine. I chose those boxes because I had a lot from collecting them over the years. On the outside I label them - all purpose, hand quilting, machine quilting, etc. They stack nicely on a shelf.
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    What a clever idea!
    For my spools of thread I use the kids' matchcar (?) boxes that I bought some time ago; can't find them anymore though.
    Last edited by gollytwo; 05-29-2012 at 02:47 AM.

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    Gotta' see all the thread! Have a June Taylor rack on the wall with an assortment of basic colors, then a bin in the cabinet with specialty threads all the other spools are sorted by color bagged and in a large tote on top of the cabinet. I did invest in some clear stretch plastic, i thing from Nancy's Notions, that I wrap around all the exposed spools. Keeps the ends tidy and dust free! The tape comes in 1/2" and 1" witdths and works like a charm.
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    I just ordered a new thread case from Joanna on sale. Currently I have the clear plastic thread boxes but wanted to try another type that holds more. I can't t wait to get it.
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    Fishing Tackle Boxes are excellent! I habe two huge ones from my father. He has no idea all his equipment is in my basement in a cardboard box.
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    I have one friend who opened up the wall in her studio, between the studs, and it was just deep enough for a shallow kitchen cabinet (2 doors). She put several shelves in the cabinet and her thread was mostly one spool deep. I thought it was a great idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewellie View Post
    I read this somewhere but can't remember where. I don't know how to post pictures on here by if you pm me with your e-mail address I can send the picture through my e-mail. Anyway, we took the picture boxes that JoAnn's put on sale, or use the 40% off, and glue golf tees to the bottom of the box. I used the long tees and I can store the spool of thread and the bobbin with matching thread on the same tee. Very cheap fix. And they have a lid. You could use any box that is deep enough to put thread and bobbin. I can get 18 in mine. I chose those boxes because I had a lot from collecting them over the years. On the outside I label them - all purpose, hand quilting, machine quilting, etc. They stack nicely on a shelf.
    Just a FYI.
    Golf tees...what a great idea! I could use those in my sewing table drawers.
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