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Thread: Can I use old thread?

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    Senior Member Chay's Avatar
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    I just bought an old Bernina that came in a cabinet that was chock full of notions and thread. There are about 25 spools of Mettler Metrosene and silk thread that are unused and still have their cellophane wrappers. I think this thread is about 10 years old. Can I still use it? There's a lot of $$$ in that thread and I would hate to chuck it but I don't want to make something and have the thread disintegrate either. Does anyone have any experience with old thread?
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    If it was in a closed cabinet, with no light, the thread still may be useable. Tug on the thread and if it breaks easily and is brittle, chuck it.

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    test it and if strong then use it.
    It should be good as it has been away from sunlight.
    10 yrs is not very long for thread....
    So use it.

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    You need to do the break test. Pull of a foot or so of thread and pull/tug on it, to see how easily it breaks. Now do some of your fresh thread ... are they the same in strenght? If the older thread breaks easily , you need to toss it.

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    Silk thread is the most expensive thread made. It lasts almost forever. It's great for hand quilting and applique.

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    I would check the strength of each spool of thread. What are the spools made of? Plastic or wood!

    If you have wood spools, then you might want to create a sewing display of the spools with the thread on them. If they are plastic you could still create a display. You could start a thread display for just this purpose. It's going to be garage sale time soon for many of us in the US so something to look for.

    I personally like to purchase new thread for my projects unless I have the thread and I know about how long I've had it around the house.

    I'm not sure if there is a life to silk thread, so I will be watching this thread to see what others have to say.

    Pam M

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    I freq use thread that I know is old ( still have price tags of .45 cents etc) as long as it " tuggs strong" I use it... it it does not seem to be strong anylonger, it goes into the trash.

    I have a nice collection of " wood" spools.... they are pretty on my shelves....( I do not use these)

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    Like others say, silk thread lasts and lasts. But I would think of it as being marvelous for crazy quilting, it has soo much decoration on it that one line failing wouldn't destroy the whole block, you could just embroider over it and no one would notice. And think of all those yummy colors that show up so nicely!

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    Try a sewing test with the thread on top and bottom. If thread breaks that it is probably bad and should not be used. Why take a chance after all your hard work.

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    I think some test runs on some scrap fabric pieces will help you in your decision. Sew some seams and then tug on them a bit, and put some muscle into it just for fun :-)

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    What a fun find! I use thread from garage sales all the time.

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    I have spools of thread in my stash which are upwards to 50 years old. Some is strong, others are not. I was told by a quilting instructor many years ago to strengthen thread store it in the fridge as it will absorb moisture and be strong again. I've tried it on some and on some it seemed to work. Some old thread may be beyond any help from us other than to be added to an old jar and saved for antiquity's sake, for the wooden spool or tossed. I'd save it and add it to my already old collection of thread in an old jar. My two cats love playing with the spools. LOL

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