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How do you store your Threads?

Ralphetta | Posted in General Discussion on

Aside from storing your Threads in the box-like containers from Threads and the office supply stores, do any of you have other, clever ways?


  1. starzoe | | #1

    I sew on a proper desk, and it has a lot of drawers, with dividers, so my thread is kept in its own compartment, all the extras are in large two quart jars in the closet. I am using some thread that is 20 years old and was rescued from a fire sale of an upholsterer/drapery shop and I haven't yet had to throw any out. Of course I have to top up the stash now and then with trendy colours for current projects.Wow, now I have proved to everyone that I rush through reading and don't always get it right --- now, this morning, reading the topic again, I see the topic is THREADS not threads! OK, I just bought a few more of those cardboard magazine boxes that allow the mags to stand upright and yesterday transferred my THREADS to them. They sit at eye level in a bookcase so I can find and replace any one with ease.

    Edited 1/20/2008 12:35 pm ET by starzoe

  2. Dinna | | #2

    Hello,  clear plastic candy containers -- the typle that sit on an angle with the  screw on lids work well.  You can see many of the spools without too much digging.

  3. Ckbklady | | #3

    Oh, you mean the magazine! I store them in the least creative way possible - on a couple of shelves in the kitchen near my machines. I'm only missing about 15 issues, so the shelves are pretty full and heavy.

    :) Mary

  4. Pattiann42 | | #4

    I store my threads magazines in magazine storage containers from the discount stores. 

    I have the entire collection, so I am working container #5. 

    I don't like the open sides of the containers, so I cut a manila folder into two sheets and use them as "bookend protectors" to keep the corners of the magazines from being damaged by the openings.

    I have also instructed my sons (should they find this collection to be their inheritance)  that these are not ordinary magazines. Don't put them in the garbage - check the going price on eBay first!



    Edited 1/20/2008 1:34 pm ET by spicegirl1

    1. Ralphetta | | #5

      Sorry I didn't make it clear that I meant the magazines!  It's interesting to hear about storing spools of thread, also.  And I've also told my daughter to not just toss them ( the magazines) when I go. 

  5. Teaf5 | | #6

    This is probably not an option for most people, but I store "mine" at the University library, which binds each year and keeps them dust-free and easily accessible.  The extra storage space at home has more fabric in it now....

  6. Tatsy | | #7

    I store mine in the small plastic buckets that Sun detergent comes in. I can get about two years' worth of issues in each bucket. 

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    annenet | | #8

    I have this white shelving unit I bought years ago that's only about 1 foot wide. I keep them on the shelves there and use the side to store tools on a pegboard I attached. I aquired my MIL's collection when she moved to FL so I have just about every one.

  8. suesew | | #9

    I cut detergent boxes down and cover the outside with fabric to hold all my various magazines. They look great on the shelves and the amount in each box is manageable.
    (I store my threads in check boxes - one color in each box (ok, blues and greens have three boxes) in a shallow drawer where I can see all of it at a glance. Bobbins are stored with their thread color.)

    1. sewtimely | | #10

      ingenious!  I like that idea.  I try to find uses for things we throw away all the time.  I'm going to try that.


    2. NansiSews | | #11

      I like the detergent box idea!  I've been using the large size (18 -20 oz.) cereal boxes and they work well, too.  The detergent boxes would be the "industrial stengeth" option!


      1. suesew | | #12

        Some people might object to the odor in the boxes, but I have found that you can actually wipe them out with a damp sponge and get 99% of the smell out. And after awhile it dissapates. And covering them with fabric makes them attractive enough to store even on living room shelves (since I don't have enough room for everything in the sewing room.)

        1. NansiSews | | #13

          Thanks, again, Sue.  As they keep shrinking the packaging on almost everything we buy,  the cereal box size, even in some 20 oz boxes, is not always wide enough to fit the magazines any more.  So i will start buying the powdered detergents (use mostly liquid at the moment) to follow your great suggestion!

          1. suesew | | #14

            It takes a while to use up all that detergent!

  9. autumn | | #15

    When I moved 7 1/2 yrs. ago I went through all my Threads (I had them from the very beginning) and got rid of the ones that were of no interest (gave them to the Public Library). The others I put a white label on the front with page numbers of articles I want to remember, and store them in magazine holders on a shelf in my "basement", which is really my garage remodeled into storage space.

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