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Message Board > Machine Embroidery > What kind of Thread Rack do you recommend? ( Moderated by Pyrose)

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Date: 5/2/13 2:41 PM

I am organizing my new sewing room, and the first thing is to take all my thread out of their boxes (Metro and Smartneedle and Madeira) and to the wall, Do you have a recommendation on which thread rack works the best? I will need to hang at least 3 or 4 of them.

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Date: 5/2/13 3:27 PM

I have 2 of these...it fits regular spools and serger cones

http://www.amazon.com/60-Cone-Spool-Thread-Rack/dp/B000W6YMEW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1367522804&sr=8-4&keywords=june+tailor+thread+rack

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Date: 5/2/13 3:30 PM

Quite truthfully, I've had wooden racks, plastic coated metal racks, on the shelf racks, wall racks, but in the end I much prefer having them in a lidded plastic container on my shelf. I hate clutter- but can't seem to get away from it!- and keeping the thread out of sight makes me happier.

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Date: 5/2/13 3:32 PM

Plus it keeps the dust and sunlight away from the thread. I had racks for a while but now glad to say most of my thread is in plastic containers.

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Date: 5/2/13 5:52 PM

I think the kind that is not someplace that sun coming in from the windows hits it a lot, and also the kind that is not right under a heating vent where a lot of dust might collect or get dumped onto to it. Just because sunlight and dust is sort of threads worst enemy right there even. Over time. Because of that, I actually choose to keep most of my machine embroidery thread in more covered bins instead, but there is a trade off in having stuff all out where you can see everything real nice at one fell glance, and not quite as easy.

I keep some of my garment sewing thread out on one of those composition wood fiber peg board racks with metal prongs in them, just like people have used for maybe at least 50 or 75 years in all garages though, to hang all sorts of stuff up onto, just because I like some of that out.

I think it depends a lot on even how much thread you got maybe. If you got so much, you know it's going to last you for years and years, and not get sewn up in a few years, then I think it's worth trying to keep some of the direct sunlight and dust off of it, to extend it's life that way, but if you actually use it all up often and just replace it more often, then just even the convenience of seeing it all spread out and hanging up like that, might out weight all those other things a lot too.

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Date: 5/2/13 6:06 PM

I prefer to keep my thread in drawers and in plastic boxes (and I have a LOT of thread). The one exception is a Gutermann wall rack of 100 spools; I have this mounted on a wall mainly to use for color matching (and it's a nice looking rack). Further, I've found with this rack that I almost always have a close color match and don't have to go in search of another spool when I'm working on a small project.
I have one drawer in my Unique Sewing Table that's dedicated to thread: it holds almost 50 cones. I love opening that drawer and seeing all those beautiful colors.


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Date: 5/2/13 9:45 PM

I ditched the racks long ago for the same reasons as previously mentioned.

You still see these displays in magazines - you have probably seen these spotless rooms - Threads magazine has such an article in their current edition. I often wonder if the thread displays are just there for the photo shoot.

Or, is it for decoration. I have old, old sewing thread in various colors and spool types stored in large, clear containers for just this purpose.


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Date: 5/3/13 7:32 AM

I have an office form cube. It is a cube with 5 drawers that are very shallow. The thread lays on its side. I organize by warm color, cool color, neutral color, specialty, and metallic. Shirley Adams once showed on her tv show that she kept hers in a map chest, similar to the cube but a large wooden cabinet.

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Date: 5/3/13 7:57 AM

I used to keep my sewing thread on one of those ginormous June Tailor racks. No more. The thread was dusty, exposed to light, etc. It is all in boxes, drawers, etc.

My machine embroidery thread is in one of this Iris (brand) scrapbook drawer carts, bought either on sale or with coupons from JoAnn's:



My regular sewing thread is in those ArtBin box things with handles, also bought whenever on sale or w/coupons.

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Date: 5/3/13 8:43 AM

My husband is building me a rolling/folding cabinet for my 50+ 6000 yd cones, since that is what I use, plus the various serger cones/other thread, I have. It's 6 foot tall, folded it's a little over a foot wide, and a little over 2 feet deep. Open is half that, and it is built to hold a tool storage box for buttons, a place for my rulers and cutting mat and other storage needs for the little things that don't have a home in the 3 sewing baskets I have. It was based off this ebay auction, here (it has ended), but made more to my own needs and a spouse that likes woodworking.

I do have 2 thread racks since I also wind my thread onto smaller cones, but one is full of empty wooden ones and the other is half full. of thread that I have bought.

I will warn you about using them, in a general way: I have a needle board, flexible ruler, earrings, keys, cording, light and a cord, my watch and my rings on it. I use it more to hold what I need out of my hand then thread and while it doesn't bother me, it doesn't exactly add to the atmosphere of the living room.

As an add, I didn't look at the topic so I don't have an embroidery machine, but I do seem to keep getting thread when I go anywhere from auctions to people giving me their old spools.

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