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Thread: unraveling thread

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    How do you keep your thread from unroveling when you travel.

    Janie

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    Are you talking handquilting?/ appliquing?
    Just tie off at that point, put the needle into the fabric in your stopping place, with it still threaded ...
    Do you know how to end off at the end of your applique project?
    You can do that anywhere along the way ... a couple of backstitches under the applique will do the same thing.

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    I guess I wasn't clear in what I was asking. I was referring to the thread coming off the spool. When I carry my thread in my bag the threads keeps coming off the spools and getting all tangled.

    Janie

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    WHen you start the thread, isn't it put into a little notch at the top of the spool?
    Sometimes, we lose that slit ... tip: put fingernail polish next to the slit so you won't lose it.
    You can put a half hitch on the spool with the thread, which is how the thread I get from connecting thread arrives.
    Now, how to tell you how to do a half hitch: deep breath ...
    I am left-handed, so if anything I tell you is awkward, just do what I say with your right hand and it will work out just fine. so!
    set the spool on your desk (I am assuming you are sitting at the computer) .... have some thread, maybe six inches laying off to the side of the spool ...
    pick up the thread in about the middle of the length and do a little twist to create a loop .... move the loop toward your spool, and slip it over the spool, snug the loop on the spool by pulling on the loose end ...
    if I can find a link, I will post it for you.
    YOu can also buy some netting and cut it to size (height), slip the spool inside.

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    use a small piece of scotch tape on each one and they wil stay put. Or a small rubber band will also work. I keep mine in a cheap glad plastic box, just a small one, so they can't roll around!

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    http://www.realknots.com/knots/hitches.htm

    There are a few nice knots for your perusal ...

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    Especially that tape that is transparent ... maybe even painter's tape which leaves no sticky residue ... but that scotch tape idea is a real winner!

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    I use the plastic webby grid stuff sold to hold thread in place. It comes in a long tube and you cut off the size you need. Also one of the fuzzy pony tail bands will keep the thread from unraveling and will not cut into the thread.

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    You can get the gauze tubing for your fingers too and put your spool in there.

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    Sometimes I'll cut a strip of paper and wrap it around the spool and put a rubberband around it.

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    put the spool inside a closed ziplock bag with a tiny tip clipped off one corner. pull the thread through the clipped tip. when not in use, either tape the thread end to the bag, or hold it with the ziptop. (snack size bags work best but i couldn't find mine to use in this pic.)

    added bonus ... keeps it clean.
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    When My son got married, on some of the flowers were in little mesh sleves. I grabed some before the flowers went out and us them on the spools

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    A tiny piece of tape will make it stay. That is what I do with Christmas ribbon too.

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    Whether I am traveling or storing thread at home, I use the blue painters tape to hold thread in place. I just tear off a smidgen and stick it on the spool.

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    Hugo's amazing tape works great for that and many other things. It sticks to itself but not to the thread, and it is reusable, over and over, so you don't have to take tape with you for when it looses it's stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninnie
    use a small piece of scotch tape on each one and they wil stay put. Or a small rubber band will also work. I keep mine in a cheap glad plastic box, just a small one, so they can't roll around!
    I use scotch tape, also. Mostly because it's readily available.

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    I use those cheap pony tail holders. The mini ones are good for bobbins.

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