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Thread: Thread Storage

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    Thread Storage

    Most everyone talks about fabric storage ideas. I am wondering how people store their thread stash.

    Mostly machine embroidery users that have thread from every color of the rainbow! I use Metro and Robinson Anton, both have the same type of spools for their embroidery thread.

    I am having a hard time finding storage for them, that lets you open the case up and see the colors and also the spools stay in place. (a resonable price would be nice too ) Any suggestions. I do not use an open rack for storage, because these spools are not used everyday and dust causes an issue when going through the machine.

    Look forward to your ideas.

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    I use the stacking plastic drawers available everywhere. I got mine from Walmart. One drawer for each color family with a sticker on the front. Greens, Blues, Reds, Yellows, etc.

    I would rather put money into thread and fabric rather than fancy storage units.
    Jean in MI

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    There was a post on here quite a while back that the person took the storeage containers and clued golf tees in the bottom for the thread to sit on. I thought that was great and plan on doing it at sometime. I have a large plastic storeage on wheels w/drawers. It works great because the first 4 drawers are just the right size to hold RA, Sulky, Presencia, Floriani and Jenny Haskins thread. Then the next drawer is deep enough to hold the larger cones of thread. I like it being on wheels because if I get really into doing a lot I'll move my machine into the main entry way and the thread can just come with me. I have a wooden spool rack (from JoAnns) that I sit up by the machine to put thread on for the project that I'm working on. I take a long quilters straight pin and put the bobbin that matches the thread on top of the spool of thread. Hope this helps.
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    I buy embroidery thread by the sets - mostly 1100 yd spools. I'm getting anywhere from 40 to 125 spools of different colors that way. It's a lot cheaper in the long run, & you have what you need in the middle of the night, which is when I tend to really get going. I use the locking satchel cases from Joan's. I only buy when they are 50% off & I use my extra 10% off discount card. I travel some with my sewing machine & never know what my girlfriend may come up with for us to make. I can take a set of 125 small cones of thread in 3 of the satchel cases.

    http://www.joann.com/artbin-super-sa...07ab/prd61682/ The dimensions are 15 x 14 x 3.50 inches. They stack great.

    These cases are great for quilt projects as long as the block is not larger than 12 1/2".

    I do love the idea of using a pin to keep the bobbins & matching thread together, although I mostly use white or black on the bottom when I do embroidery.
    Last edited by Barb in Louisiana; 10-21-2012 at 04:32 AM.
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    i bought the thread holder from nancy notions. where i store my long arm thread.

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    I love the thread boxes from connecting threads. They are clear plastic so you can see your thread colors, and they hold 48 spools of thread, 24 on each side. Each side opens seperately and has a nice latch, plus there is a handle for carrying. I have 3 of these and want more!!

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    I currently have my cone threads in a drawer plastic storage unit laying down. Is it ideal, no but it does keep it dust free and prevents fading. I am sure there are fancy cone thread storage units that let you store the thread upright but I don't want to spend the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeank View Post
    I use the stacking plastic drawers available everywhere. I got mine from Walmart. One drawer for each color family with a sticker on the front. Greens, Blues, Reds, Yellows, etc.
    similar ... I get mine at Menards - each case holds about 36 Aurifil spools. I also have a sticker on the front with the contents, but I sort mine differently. One is all Aurifil 50wt cotton (I need to add another container for this collection!), another is various wt (12, 28, 30, 40) cotton for quilting, another is "special" threads (clear poly, water soluble, hand quilting, etc), and the last is "odds and ends" which is basically a collection of various threads for garment making, darning, buttons etc.

    The case keeps them out of the sun (my sewing room has a double size west facing window so this is important to me), keeps dust away from them, and are handy for sorting. They don't take up much room as I keep them stacked.

    I recently picked up 4 cones of my most used Aurifil colors (2 grey and 2 beige) ... do not have a method of storing these yet so they're just standing on the inside shelf of my sewing table. If I only have the 4, it's not an issue - but if I decide I like the cones better than spools I'll have to get something.
    Last edited by DogHouseMom; 10-21-2012 at 06:39 AM.
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    I love these http://www.stuff4sewing.com/clear-cr...LAID=858438180
    They won't hold a cone, but take a decent sized spool.
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    Mine are in a set of drawers.
    Each drawer has a different type.
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