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    Old 06-07-2011, 06:11 PM
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    Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
    I was recently told to put a drop of water on a spool of thread I had trouble with, put it in a zip-lock bag in the refrigerator overnight and it will rejuvenate it even if it's old. Not sure how true it is, maybe someone else can tell us if this would really work? The lady who told me this is a quilting teacher & told me thread just gets dried out. Sounds feasible, but I haven't tried it yet.
    Okay, but what happens when the quilt or whatever is washed and put in the dryer? Does the drying of it again weaken it?
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    Old 06-07-2011, 06:14 PM
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    My mom at 86 years decided she didn't want to sew anymore. I too became the recipient of her stash of thread and lots of nice notions etc. I was beyond thrilled to get this HUGE stash of thread. I shared it with my DD as she is just beginning to sew for baby #2 who is on the way.
    The thread dates to the 70's but still seems to be just fine as it's always been in a drawer.
    My favorite find was her Wiss pinking shears that still cut like a hot knife thru butter!!
    I feel so blessed! :)
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    Old 06-07-2011, 06:50 PM
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    Please do not throw out the wooden spools, they are collectors items, someone said something about putting them in glass jar, that would be a cool shelf decoration for your sewing room!
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    Old 06-07-2011, 09:21 PM
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    The break test won't work on the rayon. I just quilted with two new spools of Sulky varigated rayon. It was not a strong thread. I didn't want to make a mistake because I knew it'd break if I pulled on it to remove it. Sewn in place for FMQ, I'm sure it's fine. I don't think I'd piece with it. It is beautiful on satin stitched items.
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    Old 06-07-2011, 09:38 PM
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    Threads can dry out. You could try putting them in the freezer for a few day or weeks then let them defrost for a few days. I read this can put moisture back into the thread and make it strong again.
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    Old 06-07-2011, 09:53 PM
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    Wow I learned a lot from here. I did not know that about thread.
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    Old 06-07-2011, 10:45 PM
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    These spools would make a nice display in a pretty antique jar!
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    Old 06-08-2011, 02:57 AM
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    watch old thread it can be dry-rot. I found some I had that was that way! Nice find!
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    Old 06-08-2011, 03:06 AM
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    Don't know about using the thread, but the spools are great for decorating.
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    Old 06-08-2011, 03:14 AM
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    Oh MY what a treasure....are they wooden spools of thread I see, please don't throw them out.....it would break my heart, to throw them away, I have wooden spools from my grandmother I keep in a glass fish bowl in my sewing room and think of her when ever I look at them, make a display of them to honnor her ....can I buy them from you if you want to throw them away? yetta
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