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Feb 4, 2014

Saving Spools for 2014

Feb 4, 2014
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My friend Angie of Doe Street Fabrics sent me an email saying this is a great idea.  Only days before we had been discussing buying a case of white thread, because we're always running out to Joann's to buy one or two white thread spools at a time.

This year I'm going to save my spools to figure out exactly how much thread I go through.  
I'm labeling the white spools with a sticker.  Here's the first one.  :)
Hopefully this will help me decide to buy lots of thread at a deep sale to avoid all those trips just for thread.


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16 comments:

  1. What a cute idea!!! I like it :) Wonder if I can find some big huge jar to save my crazy tall Aurifil giant spools in, I'd love to see how many of those I go through in a year!

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  2. I started collecting spools for my older daughter to play with less than two years ago, and there are already about twenty in her bag in the sewing room. I'm not a major quilter, and most of mine are C&C 500 yard all purpose, so I'm sure you'll have a lot more!

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  3. this is a grat idea -- cause we all know that those run out for thread stops sometimes end up as larger purchases and sometimes no thread being purchased.

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    1. Gasp! Katie, how could you say that, and give away all of our secrets! ;-)

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  4. I have been saving all of mine for a project I have in mind. Can't wait to see how many you use.

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  5. I am doing the exact same thing. So far I have 4 empty spools (all white). I should be an interesting finish to 2014 with tons of empty spools to share! ;)

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  6. Cool! I saved most of the spools I used up and used start to finish last year. I didn't differentiate them and should have. This is a great idea and I am on board. I keep my eyes open for sales and have tried several brands but would like to find a source to stock up on them all. This will be fun to watch the pile grow.
    Oh and I read somewhere that some people use 60# in the bobbin as that goes longer but I have never done it have you?

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  7. Great idea! I like the idea of saving spools, but never thought to label them all first. Genius!

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  8. For some reason I have guilt about throwing spools away - I like this idea!

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  9. I started saving my spools this year too - I'm already up to 3!!!! (GULP) At the end of the year, I'm donating the pile to a preschool at my church - great way to recycle!

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  10. I'm a Superior Threads fanatic so I buy cones of thread. My fav is Bottom Line in the bobbin... and on top if I want the thread to blend/disappear. I have a host of old wooden bobbins which are staying with me to the end. lol

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  11. This is a great idea! I do hate to throw the spools away, too!

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  12. That is a great idea! Now that I live an hour from anywhere to buy thread, it may help with the planning too, as I can see how much thread I should have on hand!

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  13. My 5 year old uses my old spools to 'work out' with mommy - I'll be doing an exercise video with weights, and he'll join me, using the old spools as his weights! Tiny weights!

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  14. I have been saving mine for several years. I average 10 miles per year. Mostly king tut quilting thread. My grandchildren string them together to make "necklaces".

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