Friday, July 20, 2012

Sew Organized: Thread

Dear readers, a while ago I organized my sewing space, so I could easily find and store things, reducing clutter and time spent finding the right tool. I loved reading about your sewing spaces, so now it's my turn to share.

This week I am organizing thread. And here my solution (nothing original, I admit, but quite efficient).



I buy my thread in bulk during 50% sale at Jo-Ann's. Most of what you see there is Guterman Polyester and Mettler silk-finish cotton. What you see is not one giant thread rack. I used two Mega Racks by June Tailor. Mine accommodates 90 spools on each rack, that is 180 altogether.

I store my basting thread separately because I use three main colors: white, black and red. But more about it in another post.

How do you store your thread, readers?

19 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! So neat and organized!
    I couldn't match that even if I tried, I'm afraid. I store my regular sewing thread in medium size plastic boxes sorted after color, the cones for the serger/cover seam in a larger plastic box and finlly my basting thread and my topstiching in their own box.
    Not very organized, but it works for me :-)

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  2. I've been storing my thread in a large vase, which looks pretty, but is completely impractical (the spool I want is always buried at the bottom!). I just bought a rack like that this week with a 50% off coupon at Jo-Ann's!

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  3. I store my thread in small flat "Art Bin" boxes. They are just clear plastic boxes, no dividers. The plastic is the very clear kind, so you can easily see the colors. I have them organized more or less by color, with 1-2 color ranges in each box. (I also use Art Bin boxes for loose buttons; for buttons, I buy the boxes with dividers, and sort by color. Most of my buttons are loose ones bought in jars from thrift stores.)

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  4. Your thread organiser looks cute with lots of rainbow colors! I have one of those thread racks for 60 spools. The only buy in bulk threads of black polyester.

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  5. I store my thread by color in matchbox plastic boxes. The spaces are perfect for a larger spool of thread and it's matching bobbin. These are stored on a shelf in my sewing cave and it works for me. However, I love the color that your thread racks provide your sewing room!

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  6. I store my thread by color in drawers for the larger spools and the serger thread goes in a deeper drawer below it. I also have two plastic thread boxes for the smaller spools I have. I don't have much wall space in my loft sewing space, but plenty of floor space.

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  7. I store my threads on the same thread racks with the matching bobbins. My various spools of silk basting thread and Japanese cotton basting thread are stored in a small plastic container.

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  8. I LOVE that Vogue story. A few years ago I went on a much, much regretted tear of "de-cluttering." I threw away almost 15 years of UK Vogues and US Vogues, all my I-D magazines (going back almost to the 80s)... and I regret doing so every day. (I was in the midst of huge personal turmoil and it seemed like the "right" thing to do). But the one magazine I did keep was the one with the "Mad About You" story in it. So incredibly inspiring! Glad to see it up on your wall too.

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  9. My thread is in a drawer - and fiddly to find the one I want. Keep meaning to get a thread rack on the wall. I started some measurements to make my own - and you've reminded me to finish it off & buy the wood thank you :) !

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  10. I don't organize my thread, but this is a good (and pretty) idea for doing so, especially with the color organization.

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  11. Ooh I'm trying to convince my other half to make one of these for me! Only question, does your thread get dusty sitting there uncovered? Although, you probably don't know because this is new :)

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  12. i wondered the same thing as zoe-- back in NY mine is in a looooooong drafting desk drawer to keep it dust (and cat hair) free. but i love the way this looks on the wall, so cheery!

    by the way, i now want to buy only gutterman poly and mettler silk finish cotton at joanns, since you obviously know the good stuff....

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  13. I was just thinking about this and researching different ways to store thread! I'd love a wall hanger--after trying to store them in boxes, I've realized I don't like having to un-pile different plastic cases to get at the spool I need. My serger thread needs help too; it's all piled in a big bin.

    Btw, I have that Vogue, too. I loved that shoot and so did my husband.

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  14. I also use June Tailor Mega Racks. I recently made thread covers
    for my rack from a sewing print by Alexander Henry.

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  15. This space is so beautiful!! You've shamed me into clearing up my space. I might even hang a picture and my cork board!

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  16. How very inspiring! I love the color threads you have.

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  17. Love it!
    I store my threads in a pull out box. I had originally used it as a little girl (only 17 now but really young haha) for hairbands and bits. its a perfect size and is easier to move around than a big box!
    http://fashiondaily1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. i love it! makes me want to go home and organize my sewing space :]

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  19. Like zosews, I wonder about dust on the thread. I too use two of those mega spool holders and keep meaning to make something pretty to drape it and protect from dust. But it is such fun to see the colors, isn't it?

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