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old thread--any ideas as to usability?
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Date: 11/10/13 4:33 PM

Hello again:

Digging into my old box of sewing notions and found some interesting threads. One of the old spools of thread cost an amazing $ 0.19 cent !

I also found some old Molynecke thread--made in Sweden. Is anyone here familiar with this thread? It was very good in the old days and I am wondering how it compares to today's thread. Also, it has been kept quite clean--do you think it is still usable? Any suggestions for testing?

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Date: 11/10/13 4:47 PM

I still use some of my Molynecke thread that I bought many years ago. My Pfaff loved it because it is straight wound and therefore better on a vertical spool pin, rather than cross round like Guterman which is good on horizontal pins. (These are probably not the correct terms.)


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Date: 11/10/13 5:28 PM

If it is polyester, it should be okay. Cotton can tend to dry rot, but even then it might do fine.

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Date: 11/10/13 5:55 PM

I adored Molnlycke thread! I'm hoarding mine. The colors were so good, I remember one time I tried to find fabric to match one of their magenta color threads. (oh we sew-ers!) And I still have the blouse.

Use it! It is fine to use, in fact, better than most threads that are available today (but I think Coats and Clark XP is a vast improvement over their old Dual Duty). Here's a blog quote from Exquisite Fabrics:

"Top of my list was Molnlycke (that is umlaut o). Molnlycke is a town in Sweden, but around about 1975 it was also the brand name of a fabulous long-staple 100% poly thread. The thread came on dense heavy plastic spools which would stay put on the vertical or horizontal spindles of the day's sewing machines. The color range was a lot more modern than its contemporary US competitors. Sometime in the late 1980's, a big US thread manufacturer bought Molnlycke, and promptly put it out of the US market. But I think they secretly studied how to make better thread, because almost instantly (20 years later) the thread quality of US manufacturer Coats and Clark improved drastically. More on that later."

Enjoy your thread!


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Date: 11/10/13 7:01 PM

That was the only thread I ever bought back in the day. I still have several spools and am very particular where I use them. Yes, they're still good. (At least mine are).


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Date: 11/10/13 8:20 PM

I'm currently sewing with a big spool of Molynecke (black) thread that came from a friend's mother's estate, probably dating from the 1990s. It's 100% poly and is an excellent thread.


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Date: 11/10/13 8:41 PM

Loved that thread!!!!

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Date: 11/10/13 8:55 PM

I have a few spools left from an 80's clearance sale. Agree the colors were great. Intended to use for basting or such & ended up liking a few colors so much they are used for "good" instead! A pair of DS's swim shorts needed a particular color last week & guess the brand that color-matched best?

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Date: 11/11/13 0:12 AM

Those old spools that cost 19 cents back when new are probably on wooden spools those could be sold as antiques for a good price if you wanted any antique shops near by that might buy them outright or on consignment? Or make a pretty display with them for yourself.

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Date: 11/11/13 2:06 AM

I also still have a very few spools left. Mine are on really tough plastic spools. Nice thread!!

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