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laurainalameda

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Hi Folks- I havent posted in forever, but I've recently moved, and have begun what I think of as the Reckoning.

All the machines, fabric, and supplies in one small house, where I live alone, and can do whatever I want. Well, what do I want? That is the Big Question!

So, today's (and likely the rest of the weeks task) is emptying machine drawers, storage drawers, and little plastic towers of drawers of thread and organizing it. I'm fairly certain I'm going to organize by type (heavy duty, bottom line, all purpose, etc) but the largest category, all purpose, I think I will then organize by rainbow.

Would plastic storage be a good idea, to keep the thread from drying out? It's so darn hot where I live, and I run the AC all the time, which makes it dry.

The spool racks on the wall are pretty, but I have perhaps 500 spools of thread here. Maybe more, as more machines emerge, and all the inherited stash is unpacked. At some point, I will donate some, but since I'm longer on time than cash, I really just want to view it all as a windfall, and keep it in usable condition!

What do others do? I dont want to go buy anything for storage untill I'm further along. Pictures, please!
Laura, once in Alameda, now in Concord, CA
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Cari-in-Oly

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I kept my thread in drawers for a while and really tried to keep it organized and separated by type(cotton, poly, embroidery, etc..) but it didn't take long til I was outgrowing the drawers and everything was a jumbled mess. I wanted to have either some kind of open shelving or thread rack on the wall so I can see what I have. Keeping it in the drawers is the reason I have doubles and triples of some colors lol. I tried the wooden thread racks you can sit on a table or hang on the wall, but the spool pins are small and close together so you can only fit one spool on each pin, and if you have mini cones you have to turn every other one upside down and forget putting big cones on it.
Cruising Ebay one day I found exactly what works for me. Bought two, happy as a clam at high tide and I've since bought 4 more but I found them for much less somewhere else. It's called The Arranger thread rack.
https://allstitch.com/collections/thread-stands-and-racks/products/60-spoolcone-embroidery-thread-rack-5355

I love these racks. This wall I keep my cotton thread on the top two rows, 3rd row is poly and all purpose on the left (just a little of it, this category is eventually being moved elsewhere) and glow in the dark on the right, all the rest are my Madeira embroidery threads in numerical order. The racks are actually almost full now, I took this pic when I first put them up almost three years ago. Short spools can even be stacked three high on one pin.
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As for having a dry house, so do I. Electric forced air heat does that no matter where you live. I put bowls of water on the heat vents in the sewing room to keep the humidity up in there, works pretty good. I set some of my houseplants on a tray of pebbles that I fill with water to keep up the humidity in the rest of the house. If it's too dry in the house I get a nosebleed when I cough.

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Cari - a very organized method for all your thread - I love it!
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laurainalameda

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Cari- that is lovely! Thanks for posting a link to the product. For now I have everything corralled in zip bags, by color, with specialty threads in their own bags. The ones that are less than half full I have in a plastic box to use up while string piecing.

My big question is whether to make the guest room into a sewing room, or to finish the unfinished garage. Have to see what my niece decides about college, (she may live with me, which i would welcome), as well as what the estimates on the garage are. The house is quite tiny. So for now, no wall mounted solutions.

Still getting over pneumonia, in any case, so everything is on half speed!
Laura
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HelenAnn

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I have gone through all the the old spools of thread that came with machines and disposed of most of it. If the thread was on a wood spool I saved the spool. Some got saved to test machines but the quality of the thread does not hold up over time. Thread that is from the 80's and newer doesn't seem old to me but then I don't collect sewing machines that new.
Plastic totes that are rectangular in shape hold most of my thread they are clear and easy to stack I buy them at costco I think 6 at a time.
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I decided that my sewing area was far too dusty/linty to let my spools be out in the open. I felt it made my machines more lint filled. Another reason to keep them covered is that I have fluorescent lighting and it sucks the color out of fabrics and thread like the sun does.  I made a plastic cover for my lazy Susan type holder and I keep the rest in drawers or bins. I do miss seeing all the colors however.

Sammie quilter in NC
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While I love the look of the thread racks with all the colors, I keep my thread in plastic drawers.  It keeps the dust, pet hair (still find hair even though no indoor pets for a while now), and light away from the thread.  I also have no wall space to hang racks.  I have a drawer each for neutral & color poly-cotton, 1 drawer all cotton, 2 drawers of specialty (silk, metallic, fusible, etc) and 2 drawers for serger cones.  The few cones of thread I have for the HandiQuilter are in a drawer of an old tool box near it for now.

I guess I try to treat thread like fabric.  If you lived in a humid area, I'd say no tightly sealing containers due to chance of mildew, but since you worry about dry, I'd think it would be OK.  I wonder...   do they make the opposite of those little silica moisture absorbing packets?  Add water and put in a sealed container with the thread?  Sort of like putting the apple slice in the brown sugar container to soften it up...

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