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    Old 06-08-2011, 10:28 AM
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    That is such a cute idea love it.
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    Old 06-08-2011, 10:31 AM
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    Most thread lasts more years than most people realize. Think about how fabric lasts for years and it is only threads woven together.
    The varigated is probably newer than the wooden spools so I am surprised it broke easily. I would have bought them from you. Gee, I didn't check where you are as I need a few little spools of thread rolled on cardboard that fits
    in an antique holder I own. Treasures for sure !!!!
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    Old 06-08-2011, 10:44 AM
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    Wooden spools have valure and maybe more with thread on. I recently saw a wire basket full of spools and it was gourgeous, so I hope you save them in a container that gives you pleasure to see.
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    Old 06-08-2011, 11:23 AM
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    Originally Posted by Ps 150
    My Gram recently decided she was too old to quilt and sew anymore. (She's ONLY in her 70's and some of you spritely ladies could give her a "Haha!" for that thought!) So, she cleared out all of her supplies and passed them onto my daughters and I, her only quilting/sewing descendants. This greatly increased my supply of tools and notions but also THREAD! Trouble is, most of these spools are old. A lot of the thread is rayon, mercerized or even silk. How old is too old for these types of threads? They're all so pretty and I just don't want to pass them on. There were also 3 bags of tiny paper bobbin type spools and I'm not sure what they were used for. Help! Please!
    They almost certainly are not too old to use. If they break when you put pressure on them--try to pull them apart--don't use them in a project. Otherwise, they'll be fine for almost anything you want to use them for. I'm 75 and I'm using thread I know my mother bought when I was a teenager. froggyintexas
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    Old 06-08-2011, 12:09 PM
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    I would use the silk for embroidery for hand or machine sewing. The varigated thread is beautiful and being from France, it was very expensive. I would use it on my Viking embroidery machine. I am using thread left from my mother who probably had some of it since the 50's-60's and it sews just fine. I make sure I am using the correct size needle. Not having any broken thread issues with any of it and a lot of it is on wooden spools. I can't bear to throw any of my mother's things away either. Sentimental, I guess...
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    Old 06-08-2011, 12:21 PM
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    i saw some on sale on ebay and they weren't expensive. do a search on there and you'll find some.
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    Old 06-08-2011, 12:26 PM
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    here's a link to many of them
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    Old 06-08-2011, 12:45 PM
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    Ask gramma what machine she used the pre-wound bobbins in. You can probably use them in your machine. I sue them all the time. just check and see if they are for embroidery machine or are regualr cotton thread
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    Old 06-08-2011, 02:26 PM
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    Originally Posted by cutebuns
    Someone just may hit you if you throw out the wooden spools, they are hard to come by and are a collectors item, as well as very useful in many crafts etc.

    The thread, do a break test on them, if it breaks easily then it is rotten and the actual thread can be disposed of,

    the bobbins are just that, prewound bobbins, yet again check the quality, they should have a size stamped on them to tell what machines they will fit.
    If the thread on the bobbins is still usable, just wind them onto your bobbins to use.
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    Old 06-08-2011, 02:38 PM
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    In an antique store I saw a two or three shelf hanging "whatsits". The shelves appeared to be from a crate, they were about 1/4 or 3/8 inches thick. Holes were drilled through the four corners of each shelf and a knotted cord passed through the four holes. Spools were then threaded on the cords equally and the four cords passed through the holes on the second shelf. Again the spools were threaded on the cord. Another shelf on top for stability. The four cords were brought together and knotted at the top with a loop for hanging.

    I think it might be an improvement to use dowels instead of cord and perhaps glue spools on the bottom for feet. I hope this is clearer than mud. If the shelf is still in the shop I'll try for a picture.
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