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    thread storage?

    i'm really trying to figure out thread storage. so far, i've got some in a closet in a plastic box, some in the top drawer of my sewing table, etc....

    i'm not really wanting to use one of the racks--i think the threads would get dusty. how are YOU storing your thread???

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    good luck .. i have the same problem i have lots of those plastic thread holders but they just don't hold much

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    My dad made two for me. Are quite large to hold lots of spools of thread. I just take small sandwich bags and put on like a hat on each spool. Keeps the dust of and I can see what I have for thread. Can be mounted on a wall or leaned against something if you don't want to hang it.

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    My spools are stored inside my sewing machine cabinet. Also, an old friend made me spool storage from reclaimed boards & 10-penny nails hammered into them. It works well, is inexpensive & I line the idea of using recycled resources.

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    I use clear plastic "tackle" cases. Each case is about 9" long by 24" wide and more than tall enough to hold a standing spool. It comes with separators that I can put in. I can get about 40 spools per case. I have 5 cases currently. One holds nothing but my Aurifil 50wt which is what I use the most of. Other cases hold my quilting weight threads (30, 28 & 12), and another with "odd ball" threads (60wt, metallic, clear, etc) ... etc. I label the front of each case. I also keep my thread notes (ie needle size and tension that works best with each thread) on sticky labels on the inside flap of the case.

    I have a small book case in my sewing room where I keep them stacked along with my sewing books and store other notions.
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    I bought the Sulky cases that folds in half. The only thing is they are mainly made for the small spools when you get a medium you can get them in but it is tight. I have 4 of them mostly full.

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    I don['t really know if they still have these but I bought 4 matchbox car plastic storage containers about 5 years ago. They work great for thread. You can store 1 large spool or 2 regular spools in each slot. These are normal spools, not cone spools. Those, ummmm, I don't really know unless you want them on a board. I always thought mine would get so dusty out all the time so right now, most are in an old wooden bread box I've had for years. Works ok. Will be happy to see how others handle this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo View Post
    My dad made two for me. Are quite large to hold lots of spools of thread. I just take small sandwich bags and put on like a hat on each spool. Keeps the dust of and I can see what I have for thread. Can be mounted on a wall or leaned against something if you don't want to hang it.
    Great idea with the baggies. Thanks.
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    Walmart sells clear vinyl plastic covers for the June Tailor thread racks that they sell.

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    I read this somewhere but can't remember where. I don't know how to post pictures on here by if you pm me with your e-mail address I can send the picture through my e-mail. Anyway, we took the picture boxes that JoAnn's put on sale, or use the 40% off, and glue golf tees to the bottom of the box. I used the long tees and I can store the spool of thread and the bobbin with matching thread on the same tee. Very cheap fix. And they have a lid. You could use any box that is deep enough to put thread and bobbin. I can get 18 in mine. I chose those boxes because I had a lot from collecting them over the years. On the outside I label them - all purpose, hand quilting, machine quilting, etc. They stack nicely on a shelf.
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    thankyou everyone for sharing! i'm gonna have to go shopping and see what i can come up with. would there be any reason to NOT store the thread in glass jars???

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    Here is a picture of what I use for my embroidery thread. It will hold the big sulky spools upright. I have all my thread and stabilizer in this little cart. Each drawer holds about 50 spools.

    I got this one at Fleet Farm, but also saw them at Wal-Mart.
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    I use prescription bottles and my husband drills a small hole in the top for the thread to pull thru. It helps when you drop the bottle the thread doesn't un roll. I can still see the colors and I just store them in a plastic ben.

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    I have the thread boxes from Joann's - they are great, but I needed so many that I gave up. I now keep the threads in one of the plastic drawer units and sort by type of thread. I still have thread in plastic shoe boxes, storage boxes, tins, etc. Anything that will hold thread is being used. I like the idea of the golf tees. It is hard to keep track of all your thread when you go on a buying spree like I used to do when I had lots of money and preparing for retirement when I wouldn't have much money - like now. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    i'm really trying to figure out thread storage. so far, i've got some in a closet in a plastic box, some in the top drawer of my sewing table, etc....

    i'm not really wanting to use one of the racks--i think the threads would get dusty. how are YOU storing your thread???

    betsey
    I bought the neatest cart on wheels with 10 drawers. It is light weight and easy to move around. It cost 24.99.
    I have plenty of room for my threads and a lot of room for bobbins, rulers, rotery cutters and ect. I wheel it to my sewing area which is my dining room. The nice thing is I am able to take it back to the closet for storage to hide it. I would send a pic. but I can't download one as of yet.

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    I have a 3 drawer rolling cart. I place single colors in ziplock bags and place the colored thread bags in the top drawer and the neutrals (black, greys, white, creams, etc.) in the second drawer. The bottom drawer is for the large spools.
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    I have one of those too! (The wooden cart from Farm and Fleet) I too use it for my embroidery threads, hoops, and pens/pencils
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    I doubt that what I have done would suit anyone else, but I will tell you anyway. All my thread is stored in containers where they can't get dusty, etc.; I have different places for different types of thread. 100% cotton sewing machine thread is in one plastic 3-drawer unit; dual duty in another; polyester embroidery thread in the drop-down-door section of my book case; rayon cones in a plastic box under my bed; rayon spools in plastic storage boxes (stacked), each box designed for a specific style spool. It doesn't sound very organized but, in fact, it is because I know precisely what thread selection to look through. Because I have hundreds of machine embroidery thread colors, I keep a typed up-to-date list of the color numbers and where each one can be found.

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    I also keep mine in storage cart.

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    I use mostly cones so I have 3 of the plastic 4-drawer chests from Target or Wal-Mart. Keeps them free from dust and when I open the drawer I can see all the colors easily. I do group the colors together in the drawers.

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    thanks so much everyone for the ideas! i wish i had a fleet farm near me <g>!

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    I too use the toy matchbox car garage(s) as they're called; doublesided, stand up on end under the sewing table; handles on top and hold a lot of thread spools for a cheap price. I love them.

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    I use the "matchbox car storage" as well. Go to http://www.spacesavers.com/Storage/T...Car-Carry-Case. They hold 48 spools. I purchased 4 of them (because I inherited my grandmother's thread) but 3 was definitely enough. I like have that many because I was able to sorty my thread by color.

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    I jsut realized that the link I sent said "out of stock" but at the bottom of the ad is says manufacturer: Plano. It's been a couple of years, but I think I did a search for Plano, found the company and ordered directly from them. I called them first, told them I wanted match box car boxes. They knew exactly what I was talking about.

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