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Posted on: 1/15/11 9:48 PM
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Like many of you, I was on the prowl for practical serger thread storage for a long, LONG time. Because my MomCave is in our basement, I'm always aware...WELL aware...of where spiders like to live. And it seems like dark, cozy spools of thread would be ideal, so rack-style storage was out. *shudder* I looked at the boxes they sell at Joann's, Walmart, etc. (that store thread vertically on posts) and they looked like they wasted SO much space within the box itself, esp. when they run about $10/ea and you can't fit much more than that in one unit.

Enter the Sterilite 7-Drawer Craft Cart. This little storage unit is the absolute BEST! It's a plastic cart with 7 individual, LIDDED drawers (take THAT, spiders!!!). I'm pretty sure multiple units can be stacked together and it also has casters if you want it to be mobile. It fits perfectly under my cutting table (a Joann's folding craft table that I never fold) with room to spare. Two could fit side by side under one end. It also fits (without the casters) perfectly under the large corner desk unit I use for my sewing machines.
Cart under cutting table Oh, and those are my Match Box cases that I store regular thread in on top of the cart. :)

This holds both standard MaxiLock spools and Woolly Nylon spools perfectly. I line them up skinny end to fat end to maximize my space. I lined each of the drawers with that grabber-liner stuff and that helps tame the spools a bit, but even at their naughtiest, they never stray far. Bonus tip: I now store my spools in nets (actually mine are flower nets from a florist) so that the thread ends stay tidy. As you can see, I fit 20 spools in one drawer. Of course, capacity will vary with types of spools you use and how full they are, but you get the idea.
Full drawer

I'm not a huge serger thread hoarder and do a lot of color-blending, so I've doubled up on main colors in each drawer (red-orange, purple-pink, black-gray, etc.) labeled the outside of the drawers. If you do have lots of each color, spring for two carts. Each color of the spectrum could have a drawer and the second cart could be for neutrals plus regular thread, notions, or whatnot.

I got this unit at Target, but I've seen it online on Amazon and some other sites, too. There are similar units with the larger bottom drawers, but I find this one to be much more useful for this purpose. It costs $35 anywhere I've seen it. I stalked this cart for months (really...MONTHS) at Target waiting for a sale, since Sterilite routinely goes on sale. Well, apparently not THIS model. They FINALLY had a sale...for about $4 off. *sigh* Oh well. The moral is if you want it soon... just get it. ;)

It's so nice to have a freestanding, relatively compact storage unit like this that I can really get maximum usage out of. And because of the organization, my thread is ALWAYS right where I need it when I need it....unlike a few (*ahem*) other things in my life. LOVE it!!!

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MRSRAB said... (2/7/12 8:23 AM) Reply
I love this idea and plan to use it thanks to this tip.
bmeiring said... (11/29/11 12:03 PM) Reply
I, too, have been trying to find storage for my serger spools. The one at another retailer is $40 and hold 25 spools. Nice, but I own far more than 25 spools. This is a great idea, Eve. Thanks!
niptuck said... (4/10/11 9:40 AM) Reply
sounds like a good idea. My sewing room is in my loft and I'm always looking for more space.
Renee' S said... (1/18/11 1:27 PM) Reply
Eve, thanks for the tip. This storage unit would not only keep out the spiders, (I battle those creepy crawlers too) but it would keep the dust out. Don't know about you, but I have embroidery thread stored in a rolling cart with drawers that don't have a lid and my thread gets dusty.
EveS said... (1/16/11 7:51 PM) Reply
Thank you, everyone for your nice comments! :) Grey-ann, the unit is 23 3/4" L x 13 1/2" D (sticky-outy handles incl.) x 14 1/2" W...this is WITHOUT the casters.
grey ann said... (1/16/11 6:53 PM) Reply
Thanks for this review. And the pix and thorough information, and I agree with Annie-Oh that your writing is great, too. Could you give us an idea of how tall (inches?) this is without the wheels? Thanks. Ann
Annie- oh said... (1/16/11 12:44 PM) Reply
Yes in echo to how helpful your review is but I also want to say that your writing is so enjoyable! Thank you!
Mariyka said... (1/16/11 10:45 AM) Reply
It's a very space efficient way to store the spools, but still very handy. Thanks for passing this on!
mssewcrazy said... (1/16/11 6:26 AM) Reply
I got one like this for my birthday. I was thrilled to find that the rubber shelf liner was just the right width for the drawers and kept things tamed. I never thought about serger thread in this thing-great idea and reasonable in cost. I bought art bin satchels and they cost lots more per cone than this to store the maxilok cones. The photos were very helpful,great idea-thanks. I still have thread that needs a home.
AnitaJ said... (1/16/11 4:08 AM) Reply
Great tip! I really like that the drawers have lids on them. Also, clever idea to store the cones with netting around them!
SandiMacD said... (1/16/11 1:08 AM) Reply
I have been looking for either this cart or an Ikea childrens storage center. Am on the fence. Thanks for the helpful photos.
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