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Posted on: 10/9/07 3:02 PM
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This tip seems to have vanished into the cyber-basement. Recently I posted a plea for help on the PR message boards. I wanted to mount thread racks on a closet door without ruining the door and several great suggestions saved the day. I used the over the door hooks which were lurking in the laundry room and started placing spools on the rack. Yecch! I had forgotten why I hated these things -- the spools would not stay on the racks. Now admittedly, I'm using them for embroidery and serger spools which aren't the size they were made for. A box of plastic straws to the rescue. I cut them approximately in thirds and used them as 'dowel extenders.' Now the spools stay where they are placed. Eureka. Isn't it nice when it takes so little to make someone happy? ;-)

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Kirstenw said... (7/8/08 12:14 PM) Reply
Thats exactly the advice I am needing
Patti B said... (10/15/07 10:23 AM) Reply
kkoswalt, take a close look at the photo and you will see a white plastic over-the-door hook to the right of the 2d spool on the top row, upper left. You can't see the one on the right end. The photo is enlargable when it opens in the new window if that would help.
kkoswalt said... (10/14/07 4:04 PM) Reply
I am not sure what kind of over-the-door hooks she is talking about
runnerchicki said... (10/13/07 12:09 PM) Reply
EXCELLENT TIP!! My husband just mounted pegboard for me, and I hung my thread racks on it..only to discover that the large spools would not stay on the rack because the pegs were too short. I used this tip, and it works great! Thanks a lot.. this saved me a lot of money because I was ready to go buy the more expensive racks with the longer pegs.
BeckyC said... (10/12/07 8:11 AM) Reply
What a great and simple tip! Thank you!
cathy45 said... (10/11/07 7:25 PM) Reply
Simply brilliant.
Campbell said... (10/10/07 11:22 AM) Reply
Patti B, I do the same thing but with my table top thread rack and my embroidery thread. If I need to change bobbin color, I place the bobbin on the straw extension with the thread and then it reminds me to change the bobbin .
craftyrose said... (10/10/07 9:20 AM) Reply
What a great tip, thanks so much!!
Mary in MS said... (10/10/07 8:58 AM) Reply
VERY clever idea, thanks :)
OP Gal said... (10/10/07 7:40 AM) Reply
What a clever idea. Thanks for posting it.
NoraNora said... (10/10/07 7:23 AM) Reply
The coolest thing is you can store different types of thread on the same rack! Thanks for the tip.
Rebecca D said... (10/10/07 6:47 AM) Reply
I love this tip! Thanks so much. I end up laying my wooly nylon spools on the top row, which isn't the greatest and now I will do this instead.
Nancywin said... (10/9/07 5:20 PM) Reply
I do remember reading this tip a long time ago. Thanks for the reminder. I do have different size racks for different kinds of thread, but there's always that time when you need a little extra.
SouthernStitch said... (10/9/07 4:28 PM) Reply
Oh Patti B, thank you! This is just what I needed.
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