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Any advice on making thread racks, design wall?
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Date: 11/20/06 11:13 AM

Hi All,

We're preparing to move into our first house in 8 days. Though we're still packing, loading, painting, and cleaning, I'm spending my remaining free time (LOL) imagining ways to enhance my favorite feature of the new house: my own sewing space--with a *door* (yippie for doors! you folks with small kids kwim).

I'd like to make and mount two specialty items. In addition to the wire wall storage for rulers, scissors, cutters, etc that i already have, I'd like to make my own thread racks and a pinnable design wall. Here's a description.


1) for the thread racks, i'd planned to take a piece of 1 to 2 inch wood moulding, drill quarter inch holes at regular intervals. Fill the holes with quarter inch dowel pegs and mount moulding on the wall (perhaps using small wood blocks as spacers if needed). I imagine that this will look like a tiny wall shelf (that you see at ikea or west elm). The pegs will hold the regular and embroidery threads. I imagine making several short ones that "float", arranged by color or type. I've been using two clear plastic generic Hot Wheels cars boxes as thread storage (which are wonderful, btw, and I'll keep them for classes/retreats) I am so excited though about the prospect of being able to spread out. Not yet sure what do to with serger threads.

2) I already have some "design wall" fabric, but wonder what I can wrap it around to make it pinnable. I recall reading somewhere that styrofoam insulation was a good bet: easy to mount and can be pinned repeatedly without breaking down.

Has anyone tried this before? Any tips or things to look out for? This diy stuff is so much fun, it's like Lowe's is becoming my new JoAnn's as a hangout.

Thanks for reading and happy sewing,
lisa

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Date: 11/20/06 12:08 PM

As far as the design wall, I have two oblong (cheap) flannel backed tablecloths from stuffmart. Flannel side out, of course.

You can pin to it by using your straight pins NOT as thumbtacks but as you would pin fabric.

Personally, I don't pin anything onto my wall, but you could.

Also safety pins? How much do you typically pin to your design wall?

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Date: 11/20/06 12:36 PM

You might get some good ideas by looking at the Dream Sewing Spaces book. It is reviewed here under Sewing Books. I bring this book up from time to time because it helped me sooooo much when I was planning a sewing (2/3) room (DH has the other 1/3 ). There is a section on Inspiration Boards. Lots of pictures, too, just to drool over.

Your idea sounds nice and different, too. This book might be a way for you to get ideas then put your own personal twist on them.

Isn't it fun creating a new sewing space? Good luck and have fun with it!

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Date: 11/20/06 12:42 PM

For my design wall I used a sheet of bulletin board material -- it is called something called "ten test" (?) here in Canada; i don't know what it is called in the US. I put a layer of batting, then white flannel. i love it and use it all the time (mainly for quilting projects).

marian

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Date: 11/21/06 10:10 PM

For your thread racks ..... make the dowels protrude four inches (4") long up from the base. Three inches might do. What you want is a dowel that will hold something as tall as a spool of Aurifil thread and two bobbins. You may own a second machine one day that takes a different bobbin. Ask me how I know .... aaargh.... and who wishes she had four inch tall dowels on hers.

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Date: 3/25/14 7:15 AM

For traveling or portable use, check out canvas tool or garden totes.
I got one for GS play tools for Christmas (Sears open-top one, $10 sale) but Mom also uses it for books and toys when traveling.
Many different designs online, open or zip-top, and girly pink too.

I use plastic boxes from the fishing depts. for small storage of buttons, trims, tools. You can re-configure the spaces with dividers.

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Date: 3/25/14 7:51 AM

I used foam core affixed to the wall wall with double faced sticky foam tape. I covered it with thin batting. The foam core was $1.00/ sheet at the Dollar General. Works fine for me. You can stick pins in it.

Sandy

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Date: 3/25/14 8:20 AM

You can extend your spool holder by cutting straws and slipping them over existing dowels.

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Date: 3/25/14 8:58 AM

As much as I love the look of wall-mounted thread racks I can't help but think the thread would get a coating of dust on it. For this reason I use clear plastic fishing tackle boxes. These work really well for me because I can sort the thread by colour family, I can see the thread through the box and they keep the thread clean and out of kitty mouths.

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Date: 4/23/14 6:14 PM

Look on pinterest

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