This is my thread storage solution.
My Thread Storage System
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I keep my large cones in cardboard 6-pack cartons (think beer or soda) in a plastic rolling cart with deep file drawers. I can keep like colors together and pull out a 6-pack when I need that color. Each drawer holds 4 cartons (24 cones). For my smaller spools, I have shallower drawers fitted with pegboard into which I've glued dowels (about 1 1/2 inches long) to slip the spools over. It keeps them standing upright and I store like colors together so I can easily see and find the color I need. I have 2 sets of those drawers. One for embroidery threads (like Isacord), another, shallower set for sewing thread spools.
I followed RonieM's idea. ***THANK YOU RONIEM!!!***
The thread stays out of the light and dust, also the boxes have a small space in the front for you to put a card with the contents. I like that because its easy to change if you change the colors in that box. I did this for all my embroidery thread, now I need to do it for my regular threads. The extra long tees are perfect because they alow enough space on top of the spool to store a bobbin if need be. I used the plain white ones but plan on "covering" them once I decide how I want to decorate my sewing space (after we move). They stack perfectly on my shelves. And worse case, if I ever dont want to use the box to store thread, I can just take out the foam bottom and use the box for millions of other things.
If you can find the double cases for Matchbox Cars (toy cars), they are just right for most standard spools of thread and you get twice the storage in each one. Walmart here used to carry them but don't any longer. Menards has single boxes about the same size for single spool storage and they are quite reasonable and sometimes you can buy them taped together in groups of three and they are reasonably priced.
I use the flat storage boxes (I think they are for fishing stuff).
Slots are moveable and hold the bobbin to.
Found at yard sale for 25 cents each.
I have about 8 now - trying for 1 for each color.
J J (jbj137)
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I also machine embroider. You did not state what size spools you use. Now I do use the 5000 meter size--but this would work just as easily with the smaller spools, in fact you could double stack them. Here is a picture of what I did with mine.
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Sibyl aka: Essiescott
I have this one also. Works great, and a wonderful price!
"You have enough quilts made when your soul is filled, your creativity satisfied and your fingers just won't work anymore."
I saw this way and loved it as well. I will probably switch to this method once we have moved and I go up in size to the larger spools.
When we got the Lawyer File cabinets (the ones that open outward) I stole (hehehe) my CD tower as I put all my CD's/DVDs/tapes in the cabinets for all my sewing thread. I took some yardsticks (yes yardsticks, one coulde use molding if they preferred) to put across the front of the shelf so they don't fall out! Its great; they are by colors now and have a home for just them in the sewing area.
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