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Jan 5, 2015

Saving Spools 2014

Jan 5, 2015
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Last year, at the New Year, I decided I wanted to save all my empty spools to see how many I use in a year.  I'm trying to sew "smarter" - and all those individual trips to Joann's for thread are not friendly on my budget.  I go there "just for thread" and then end up with a $50 cart full.  Buying in bulk sounds like a good idea, but how much do really need?

So here's the result of my experiment.  I have no idea if this is lot.  To me, it seems like I sew a lot, but then I at the same time, I never get to work on all the ideas I have.  I guess this year will be a benchmark.

3500 m of thread.  All white.  That's not as far as I thought when I think about running that far.  Maybe next year's goal is a 5K.

Do you save your spools?  Honestly, it's kind fun when I get to add another to the jar.  It's a little accomplishment.  And sometime it's the little things, you know?





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16 comments:

  1. Boy, I can relate to running in for thread and leaving with a cart full of other stuff!

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  2. Think about how much you spend on thread. Will buying in bulk save you much? I buy thread from Connecting Threads when I need colored thread and Pumpkin Vine Corner for piecing thread (Aurifil). If you spend less on thread will you have more money for fabric? :)

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  3. 7 spools doesn't seem like a lot--but a start. I often find I don't have the right color and seem to have multiples of the same colors. A few years ago I threw out all of my thread on wood spools--I decided that they were too old.
    I have been putting spools with just a small amount of thread in a sewing basket to use for basting and other sewing etc. I will try your idea this year. An interesting experiment.

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  4. I have been keeping a little shopping bag by my machine and when I empty I keep it! I can't say that I have accurate accounts because some of the thread was from my sewing garment days. I have been back at quilting since 2012 and my bag is about 1/3 full of spools. I have a corner of my counter with spools that have tiny bits left on them that I save for when I hand sew or baste. I think I go through a lot of thread. The most recent threads are the aurifil 1300m spools. Those I know I have only used since I am back at quilting. There are at least 6 of those empty. :)

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  5. I love the idea of keeping them for a year - I'll have to try this! I can never decide what to do with the empty ones. I feel like finishing one off is such an accomplishment, but then I feel like I'm giving in to my horder-like tendencies when I hold on to them. Counting gives them purpose.

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  6. I save mine for future re-use projects. Mine aren't a good indicator of use though, because many were handed down from my mom!

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  7. I tracked my emptied spools this year out of curiosity. Many of mine, however, were partial spools that I was using up along with some small spools left over from other sewing projects. It also includes some FMQ which sucks up thread like mad. Final count: 16

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  8. Do you recommend Guterman? I've been trying to find a good thread for less money, but wasn't sure this was good.

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  9. Glad to see you use Guterman. Everybody fawns over Aurifil, but it is expensive in my opinion. I always have coupons from Joann's and so I never pay full price anyway. It is also easy to run to up to a Joann's at 8:30 at night because that's the only time I have available. Aurifil is only at quilt shops and they have the most awkward hours. One o'clock to 8 o'clock would be fantastic.

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  10. I saved my spools from last year too. I haven't counted them yet but there were a lot. I also decided to use up as many spools from my thread stash before buying more. I only bought colors as I needed them for quilting. Most piecing could be done with thread that was more neutral - greys, tans, medium blues, light yellows, etc. I also tried filling multiple bobbins before starting to quilt - saved a lot of time that way.

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  11. I kept my spools last year too. I love seeing all the different types of spools that I have at the end of the year -- I had quite a few partial spools starting the year so I think in total I had about 15 spools for the year.

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  12. I now buy at Connecting Threads and find their thread a good quality. I try to buy when they have their sale but even their regularly priced is such a steal! Did you know the Amish women who quilt for others get paid by the amount of thread they use???

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  13. I saved my spools for a couple of years and it was fun to see how many got finished :)

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  14. As a few have mentioned above, I buy thread from Connecting Threads also. I have gotten a cone of light grey and a white and use them for all my piecing. It's so nice not to have to worry about going out for more. I still buy specialty for my quilting, but it's been so easy to have cones on hand for piecing. Joann's sells a cone holder that you can set up in the back or side of your machine for the cone.

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  15. I saved them one year, it was a serving bowl filled.

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  16. I did this but haven't counted them up yet - it was a fun experiment.

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