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Thread: Not sure what to do with these items I inherited!

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    Most regular spools have more than 10 yards. They look like specialty threads for hand embroidery. Usually these heavier threads can be used for wool appliqué. They look like beautiful threads.

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    Any silk thread that I have found on wooden spools like yours at estate sales I have sold on Ebay.

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    The red appears to be button twist. It works nicely for hand embroidery If you want to try it, check for strength and color fastness. There are definitely wooden spoon collectors. I used an OLD aunt Martha's. It worked just fine.

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    For the bobbins you can find an old Jar or a new one and fill it with the bobbins.They are great for decorating a sm table.
    I have a lamp you can fill with different things and show them off. It has two functions. It looks like an old huricane oil lamp but it is electric. You unscrew the top and you can fill the bottom.
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    Wonderful advice from the knowledgable members of this board.

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    I used to have a bunch of those and I sold them.

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    I have a number of spools that are wooden...still lots of thread on them. But I think they are too old to sew with. I instead use them for basting and then save the spools.
    If you tug on a section, and it breaks easily, I would not use it.
    Not familiar with the other items...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosyhf View Post
    check the thread, pull a strand and if it breaks easily, chuck the lot lol.....
    I'd say display in a jar like Dal Lady says. They're collectibles to lots of quilters/seamstresses.

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    My mom used to get thread for embroidery on paper bobbin type holders...That was a long time ago...

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    The iron on transfers for embroidery will last for a long time. I understand people are paying big bucks (in my opinion) for some of the original 29 cent ones. I still have a supply of iron-on transfer patterns that cost 10 to 29 cents each.
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    Wooden spools haven't been sold for at least 30 years. According to thread experts, thread has a shelf life. I'm not so sure. You can make up your own mind.
    Blessed are the cracked
    for they let in the light

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    Lucky GAL! I have some of your Thread. I WILL NOT SAY ALL OF IT, but they are better than today, you just have to check it, Some will made out of 100% cotton, some can be 100% Silk or Raw Silk, or Mixed with other fiber or Material that they make the thread. You can use for BASTING and/or Embroidery, decoration for applique, so I will say, if you are a quilter and also crafter, I will hold on to it, beside Fabric, even thread are expensive TODAY! You can use the Transfer for labels

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    I think the spools of thread may have been samples for salesman? I have several and display them. If I had more I'd display them in a glass jar etc. Keep them!!!

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    like so many others, I have many with and without thread in mason jars in my sewing room...I have some of the old transfers and patterns with my vintage machine and other vintage notions that I have collected and accumulated over the years.
    Brenda

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    I need silk thread for my entirely silk friendship quilt. I've been gathering items for over 20 years but it is so hard to find silk fabric much less silk thread! PM me if you are interested in some kind of swap. I am not interested in the spools, you should probably keep them. Thanks.
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    Curious if you ever found out if those prewounds were silk or not? I tell you what, if you hand applique, silk is just wonderful.
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    Test the thead by yanking on it to see if it is still strong, then use it in thread painting. If the iron ons are faint, the ink will wash out quicker. It is for straight stitch hand embroidery. Wonder if you could use it for appliques? .29c shows it could be sold on ebay for .10-.15 c each.
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    ps. There should be a test stamp on the inside to see if it will take to fabric. none of it will take to fabric w/ sizing. I made a bunch for friends, got the towels at Herreschners.com
    Jesus knows all my imperfections yet he still loves me. Amazing!

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