July 21, 2012


Karen at Sew Many Ways is hosting an interesting blog hop about thread, and how we store our thread. Since I'm such a thread fanatic  ---I thought I would join in the fun.  I didn't realize until I started taking the pictures how much thread I really have! --- I have more thread than fabric!---and I'm not saying it's a good/bad thing!

Let's start with Long Arm thread:
  I keep most of my thread in drawers of some type. These threads are in a tall plastic roll around type unit near the long arm.  This is   
Lava by Superior. One of my favorites. 

In the drawer right below the Lava is the So-Fine
and then below that is the Perma Core and Omni

These are the collection of Fil-Tec Magna Glides which is just about the only bobbins I use on the long arm anymore.  They are all in the upper most drawer of the roll around cart.
Since the roll around cart is pretty much full with thread, bobbins, a drawer for needles, the towa thread tension gauge and some tools I use regularly, and having empty space under the frame was really bugging me, I decided to buy more storage units, and fill those with what else? ---more thread!

I found these nice white stackable cubbies at our local Michaels crafts store.  They hold the tall cones of thread nicely, and I like the clear plexiglass fronts.

 One cubbie has my new, still not opened, collection of Essential Pro threads.
This drawer has some Bottom Line thread and misc. supplies.
This is some Maxi Lock Swirls thread I continue to keep.  I'm not sure why,  except I keep thinking I'll use it on donation quilting with the long arm. It's a really a very pretty variegated thread. I just tend to forget I have it.

Here is another picture of one the cubbies from Michaels crafts. Nice storage

Moving on--that was just the "long arm thread" --sigh!

Now, we are going to look at the storage of sewing and machine embroidery thread.

I should part with these huge 5000 meter cones of rayon. But the colors are so lovely, and once in awhile I do use it. Not often mind you, but you just never know---I keep it near the embroidery machine in a drawer in another white cubbie.  On top of this unit I have my Maderia Thread Chest.  Sort of my top of the line storage unit.  I bought it many years ago, and while I'm not using a lot of rayon for machine embroidery now. I love this storage unit.

If my rayon threads have been side lined recently as I'm switching to polyester threads nowadays for machine embroidery, this Isacord thread polyester (below) has not.
It is also stored in a roll around plastic thread cart that sits at the left of the embroidery machine under the sewing table. It's easy to open and reach down for whatever color I'm needing for a project.

Isacord thread for machine embroidery

This next picture shows my Hemingworth polyester machine embroidery thread.  It is the only thread I keep out on a thread rack.  Hemingworth thread comes with a unique packaging system that is part of the thread. So, dust, or even oils from your skin never touch the thread. It stays inside the plastic thread cover all during use, and when one is done using it, there is a small flexible plug to cover the top of the thread container. Very neat idea!

Hemingworth thread.

Sewing Thread

I keep another roll around plastic cart near my sewing machine.  It contains my go to assortment of  sewing threads. Mostly Aurifil and Mettler cottons. No real organization here.
Aurifil and Mettler for sewing. I do love those round silicone bobbin holders shown in the drawer below.

This is one of those nice plastic packages of Aurifil thread. A sale find. This is about as organized as I get with the sewing thread.
I used to keep all my threads out on wooden thread racks. One time, years ago now---I painted my sewing room and while removing the threads from the racks I found a lot of the threads were so dusty and dirty. When I put the thread back I got rid of the thread racks and decided it was better for the threads to be stored away from the dust and lint that just naturally happens in a  sewing space.  I use roll around plastic drawers units and cubbies for thread storage now.

These are some pictures from the sewing room showing the machines. The plastic drawer thread carts fit under each end of the sewing tables.


Patricia said...

You might have as much as I do! LOL
Nicely stored of course and nice post!

gMarie said...

I store my threads in a very similar manner. I have plastic drawers and I love that. My isocord is stored by color. and there are two drawers of sewing thread. Thanks for sharing. g

Anonymous said...

What an awesome thread collection! I love the bobbins in jars, they remind me of something you would see in a candy store.
Did you make the curtains in your sewing room? I love them!
Thanks for sharing.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a fantastic thread collection! I've never heard of the Hemingworth thread before but it looks neat.

Purple Pam said...

You are so organized. It is inspirational. Thank you for sharing your photos of your awesome thread collection and your beautiful sewing spaces.

Quilter Kathy said...

You have the biggest thread collection I have ever seen! I must admit to thread envy!

Lory (Loryquilt) said...

What a wonderful sewing room, well organized and with so many wonderful threads. And your new sewing machine is a dream.Ciao from Italy