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    thread racks

    who uses them and if so does it effect the thread by exposing them to light??? Do you cover them with anything??
    I have a thread rack but was told it would not be good for the thread I need help

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    My Mom and some quilting friends have thread racks. I've never heard any complaints. I would just keep them out of the sun if you can help it. Because I don't have a sewing room, I keep my threads in a plastic thread bin. Easy to move around and put away from the sun if needed. I would think if you couldn't move them out of the sun, putting a sheet over it or some other fabric to block the light?
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    I got several containers for mine, like briefcases. they close. keeps the dust off, my main concern. and perhaps helps the thread not dry out too. it's very dry where I live. got mine at JoAnn's mostly. maybe by Sulky. I gave most of my hanging racks away.

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    I keep mine in acid free photo boxes, glued extra long golf tee's to bottom slip spool on has room on top for bobbin thread to. keeps dust and sun out.

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    I have my threads on racks hanging on my wall and I don't cover them. They hang on the same wall as my only window so they never get direct sunlight. I cover the nozzle on my vacuumn with a piece of pantyhose and dust them when I vacuumn my floor. I've not had any issues with fading or breaking.
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    thanks for all the information I think I will try mine out I could always put clear plastic vinyl over the rack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbee3 View Post
    who uses them and if so does it effect the thread by exposing them to light??? Do you cover them with anything??
    I have a thread rack but was told it would not be good for the thread I need help

    My dining room is my sewing room, so I just keep my thread in a plastic container
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    I had to quit using my thread racks when I shared my sewing room with my cats. They got litter dust and fine hair on them. Now I have a new sewing room and I am using the racks again. Racks hang on same wall as window and no sunlight. I bought them to use and now I am.
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    I would be concerned about dust. All of my thread is in plastic boxes. My sister has the thread rack and several spindles snapped off of it. She switched to boxes.
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    My embroidery thread is in plastic boxes. My sewing/quilting thread is on thread racks which are located on the same wall as the window. I don't cover my thread but can see that it might be nice to sew some clear plastic covers to hang over the thread - to keep cat hair and dust off.

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    I use several thread racks for hundreds of spools of thread, organized for piecing, quilting, embroidery, denim, etc. They are not exposed to sunlight, and I hang plastic wrap over them to keep the dust off. I like to be able to see all of the variety to choose from.

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    I think the racks look so pretty with all the thread colors, but I put mine away. My room is very sunny, and I was afraid of the thread getting faded and dusty, too. Now I keep them in drawers in boxes sorted by use or brand.
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    I use the Sterilite 3 drawer stacking boxes for my cotton and embroidery threads, my serger threads are in a large 3 drawer rolling cabinet from Sterilite.

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    I use thread racks. If the thread ever gets faded I'll just unwind the top layer and toss it. I take a feather duster to the spools every now and then.
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    I have 1 thread rack that I use for the threads that I use the most. The rest of my thread is in plastic boxes...the ones for hotwheel cars. I have one for cotton thread 50 weight, one for 60 weight, and another for specialty threads (wool, 30 weight, rayon, etc.

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    That is exactly what I do. I have 3 racks, cut plastic to cover and thumb tacked it to the top so I just have to lift it up to get the thread. Works great. I glued skinny straws to the posts so I can store bobbins on top of the spools.
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    I have a small thread rack by my machine and keep just the basics on it for piecing work. White, Black, Tan/Beige, Gray, etc.
    Everything else is in plastic totes made for thread storage.

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    I have mine in plastic drawers.

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    I use cases designed for "hot wheels" cars for my threads, this way they go with me when I take a class

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