SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Patterns and Notions > Disintegrating thread spools? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Disintegrating thread spools?
Plastic disintegrating on some of my Gutermann thread
mysticotala
star
mysticotala
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 6/18/08
Posts: 5
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Subject: Disintegrating thread spools? SOLVED : Avoid Singer Fusion Threads Date: 3/12/14 3:59 PM

Is thread considered a notion? Sorry, I didn't know where else to put this! I noticed that some of my thread spools are disintegrating. I don't know how else to describe it! I put some on my machine and the ends of the spool just sort of fell away. I picked another one up and it crumbled in my hand. It feels like the are made of of sugar! They are all Gutermann, all with the metal ends, all in the same plastic spool holder, and all giving off a weird musty smell. Every metal-ended gutermann in this holder has been affected.
Any ideas on what is causing this? Has this happened to anyone else? Should I just throw that spool holder away?



I put more info on it here
-- Edited on 3/12/14 5:38 PM --

------
http://mysticotala.typepad.com/blog/

kkkkaty
starstarstar
kkkkaty  Friend of PR
Intermediate
UT USA
Member since 12/7/05
Posts: 2620
Send Message

      



In reply to mysticotala <<
thumbsup 2 members like this.


Date: 3/12/14 4:12 PM

weird, never seen such a thing. I have some singer thread that is in spools that look similar, my Guterman thread doesn't have the little metal cap.

------
Viking Lily 545
Viking Ruby
Bernina Activa 210
Brother 1034d

mysticotala
star
mysticotala
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 6/18/08
Posts: 5
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 3/12/14 4:43 PM

There are actually one or two Singer threads in there, also with the metal cap, and also crumbling. Probably made by the same company at the time or something, they do look very similar.

------
http://mysticotala.typepad.com/blog/

MrsCharisma
starstarstarstar
MrsCharisma  Friend of PR
Intermediate
MN USA
Member since 2/1/13
Posts: 2945
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 3/12/14 4:47 PM

I'd be curious where they are stored and what chemicals may be near by. Many plastics are susceptible to the most seemingly innocuous things.

I just showed my kids, the other day, how even thick polycarbonate would "melt" in your hand when exposed to a little acetone.

ETA: At work we see tons of plumbing failures due to the chemicals that people store under their sinks...same kind of story.

-- Edited on 3/12/14 4:48 PM --

------
Nakisha
www.sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com
Singer Talent 3321 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 38.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

mysticotala
star
mysticotala
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 6/18/08
Posts: 5
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 3/12/14 4:56 PM

They are just in the plastic thread box (top always off) near my sewing machine, no chemicals or cleaning supplies in the same room even. Makes me wonder what I am inhaling now though O_o I think it's time to empty and clean the whole area!

------
http://mysticotala.typepad.com/blog/

sideseams
 sideseams
Intermediate
PA USA
Member since 6/19/04
Posts: 147
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 3/12/14 5:16 PM

I would contact the company and also the store where you purchased the thread. Something is very wrong.
Let us know if you resolve this. Good luck.

squirrellypoo
starstarstarstar
squirrellypoo
Advanced
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 3/27/05
Posts: 1613
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 3/12/14 5:19 PM

Whoa! I've got Gutermanns so old they say W. Germany on them and still they're utterly fine. I've never seen any spools with metal on them though - is that a weird Americsn import thing?

------
www.fehrtrade.com

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
OH USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7229
Send Message

      
thumbsup 4 members like this.



Date: 3/12/14 5:20 PM

It is the composite of the metal the company used when the thread was manufactured.

Complain to Gutermann. And yes, thread is a notion; a sewing staple.




-- Edited on 3/12/14 11:19 PM --

------
I dont give them Hell, I just tell the truth about them and they think its Hell. Harry Truman

"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

mysticotala
star
mysticotala
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 6/18/08
Posts: 5
Send Message

      
thumbsup 3 members like this.



Date: 3/12/14 5:28 PM

Now that I've noticed some of them are Singer Fusion threads, I did a quick search and came up with quite a few other people that had the same problem. At least I know my house isn't toxic!

------
http://mysticotala.typepad.com/blog/

SewLibra
star
SewLibra  Friend of PR
Intermediate
CA USA
Member since 12/2/08
Posts: 708
Send Message

      



In reply to mysticotala <<
thumbsup 1 member likes this.


Date: 3/13/14 0:56 AM

If they are giving off a musty smell, as you say, that is an indication of too much moisture and not drying out. Storing thread in damp conditions can do that to thread, and sun exposure can dry out thread and make it brittle. Do you run a humidifier by any chance?

------
SewLibra
Brother SB4138, Bernina 1008, Brother 1034D, Janome Harmony 9102D

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Patterns and Notions >> Disintegrating thread spools?

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts
Fun with Fitting - BODICE w Darts

Register

Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger

Register

Contest 0000

photo
by: nosila

Review
10 inch Professional Shears

10 inch Professional Shears

Buy Now
Margo Handbag

Margo Handbag

Buy Now
BurdaStyle Magazine 01-2010-136

photo
by: Elaray

Review

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.