Monday, May 19, 2014

I'm giving away thread!

This is so cool. I was contacted by the folks at Connecting Threads, who read on my blog how much I like their thread and they want to give two of their thread sets to readers of my blog in the US or Canada. I think this is so great. I have no connection to Connecting Threads, except that I love their thread. Here is just part of my thread collection and most of what you are seeing here are Connecting Threads Cotton Essential Thread.

Pretty, huh? It has become my favorite and it is so affordable I have stocked up on a lot of it. I have to tell you it really is the best thread I have used in both of the machines I use regularly—no breaking, no shredding, no slubs or knots. I just got several of their new variegated threads (you can see several of them above) and I am looking forward to using them. I really like the subtle variation in the color. I have found variegated threads from other companies often use really high contrast changes in color that don't work so well for me.

Right now I am storing my thread in several drawers like the one in the photo. It works, but it isn't ideal. I wish I knew of a better way to store and organize thread. I used to use a rack that hung on the wall, but I worried that the thread was getting dusty and I worried about exposing it to all the sunlight coming in on it. It sure looked pretty on that rack, though. I kind of miss having it all out to see. So I have a question for you—how do you store and organize your thread? How does your method work for you?

Leave me a comment, answering the question about thread storage between now and this Friday (May 23) and I will use a random number generator to choose two winners. If you are chosen you can go to the Connecting Threads web site here and choose any one of their thread sets. You must be in the US or Canada. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment so I can notify you if you win.

Good luck!

305 comments:

  1. I still use a thread rack, but it hangs in a closet so no worries about sun and less worries about dust. Unfortunately it's almost full! Good info about high contrast in varigated thread. Thanks. Diane dianefulton.wi@gmail.com

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  2. The thread looks beautiful! I need to stock up and would enjoy trying the threads from Connecting Threads. My machine sits on an old desk. In the shallow middle drawer I have a large cutlery tray which has straight sides, made of thin firm plastic. My threads fit well in the tray, organized by color. Another drawer has two rectangular plastic boxes which hold my grey/black and tan/brown threads, because I do a lot of sewing with those colors. The cutlery trays could be layered if they were on a shelf. Thanks very much for the giveaway.

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  3. I store my thread in a thrifted wall-hung box-type cabinet with nine equal square openings which are large enough to hold 4 - 8 cones, depending upon their size. I have them grouped roughly by color families. Janet (uncommonquilting(at)gmaildotcom.)

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  4. I store my thread in a set of stacked drawers which I can roll over to my machine. I like this thread too, although I also use others.

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  5. I too love Connecting Threads thread. Love the colors and it works well in my machines. I have found that keeping my thread in a drawer near my machine works just fine for me. A couple of neutrals sit out as they are used all the time.

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  6. I'll jump right in and say that I love thread and have collected quite a lot of it. I use plastic boxes and split out by color (cool colors, warm and neutrals). Maybe not the best system, but I have a cat that loves to eat thread, so I need to keep it enclosed.

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  7. Anonymous6:58 AM

    Hi, I have one of those thread racks that can hang or stand. Currently it's standing on a shelf in a closet of my sewing room. With the closet door open, I can see all the pretty spools. I took your recommendation for Connecting Threads and recently purchased a set myself. Great thread. I want some more! Terri M. tmcouat@infionline.net

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  8. I have a lot of my threads on the racks that hang on the wall; I have concerns about the dust, too. I also have four of those plastic cases that were originally used for hot cars. They sell them now at JoAnns. I haven't tried Connecting Threads but would like to!

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  9. Hi Terry,
    After reading your last post I went to the Connecting Threads site and ordered two sets. I got the variegated and a bright. I also added their thread box which is wonderful. Both sets fit in it (it's two-sided and clear so you can see exactly what you have) plus I had a set of cottons from another company that fits in it, too. Perfect solution, IMO.

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  10. OOPS, I didn't leave my email. slrweimer204@gmail.com

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  11. I have a very narrow shelf unit, in a walk in closet. That way the light doesn't affect it. I also have some groups of color coordinated variegated threads in tall see-through button containers. Whenever I'm at a shop that has something I would like to use, I ask about it. I owned a gift shop, and display pieces are often sold to make room for incoming stock. I often sold pieces at below my cost just to keep things cleaned up. And if an item was a year or two old, it was given if we weren't going to be using it. So, I would suggest to everyone, it never hurts to ask. A shop keeper can sometimes order another display unit for you, and keeping customers pleased is very important.

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  12. http://www.connectingthreads.com/tools/Double-Sided_Multi-Craft_Carrier___D82068.html
    I don't mean to try to get two entries....just wanted you to see the case. It's kind of hard to find on the site.
    Susan

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  13. Because my studio is an open loft (quite visible) environment I try to keep as many of my supplies as possible hidden, yet handy. My threads are stored in an old library card catalog cabinet. I store by color and style (rayons separate from cottons etc.) The drawers are labeled so easily locating what I need is simple.

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  14. I store my smaller spools in plastic "hot wheels" toy car storage boxes, bigger spools that don't fit are stored in larger plastic shoe storage boxes and my basic threads that I use the most are stored in an old printers drawer that i have hanging on the wall by my sewing machine.

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  15. Well, I am kinda of new to quilting so I don't have a lot of thread. Right now I have
    a wooden stand that turns. It is about a foot tall and has pegs for the spools. It has six sides. When I am done sewing for the day, I drape one of my grandmother's large doileys over it to protect the thread from dust.
    Would love to win some of Connecting threads. Thank you for having this give a way.

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  16. Beautiful colors.I store mine in ziplock bags according to colors example all greens.I don't want them to get dirty.I use a large low container for all of them.Easy to see colors and get at them.

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  17. How fun for you to be able to share in this way! Like several others, most of my thread is in a drawer of my sewing machine cabinet. The overflow (!) is in plastic food storage containers, but I need something better...probably one of the above mentioned plastic cases. (I love the notion of a library card catalog, though I wouldn't have room for it). And clearly, I don't NEED more thread, but I've never tried Connecting Threads and would love to be chosen. (dm dot lindstrm at comcast dot net)

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  18. oh wow! I like thread!!
    I have my Mettler threads and Sulky threads in plastic thread boxes. My machine embroidery threads are also in plastic thread boxes. I like the boxes. Despite their bulk, the threads stay neat and are easy to locate. But my King Tut cones? oh my. I keep them in their wrappers, because of dust, in a big basket, on their sides. But I've outgrown the basket, and the thread is currently spilling over onto my table top and floor. I've actually been trying to come up with a good dust-free solution, so I look forward to seeing all the answers to your question. Thank you for asking it!

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  19. I use stacking plastic drawers on a table next to my machine. The thread is sorted by color. Have used this system for years and it works perfectly for me. I love thread almost as much as fabric and have a large collection. Some colors have been assigned two drawers. Love your style, Terry. Your latest piece is breath taking. sgrasvik@hotmail.com

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  20. Glad to hear how awesome their thread is! I keep mine in a drawer, too, food the same reasons...

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  21. I use the same drawer set that you have - my thread is separated by colour, green in the green drawer, blue in the blue drawer, etc. The second of each colour gets "other" (if it's not filled with the colour), like browns, blacks, whites/off-whites.

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  22. Anonymous10:00 AM

    I use the cases that used to be made for hot wheel cars, too. They're separated by type and color. But for these big fat spools, I like your drawer. You can see the tops of all of them at once, and stacking them vertically is a space saver. Barb S (bsherwood at cox.net)

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  23. I store my thread in clear glass candy/apotecary type jars I bought at Target. Inexpensive and I get to see the pretty colors on my shelf!

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  24. Great looking thread. Although I have never tried it, would love to. I sew in the basement so I store most of my thread in miscellaneous boxes and drawers... definitely have gotten to a point where I need a better system! [ksb dot scott at gmail dot com

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  25. Great colours! Some of my thread are stored on an antique thread. Holder, some on a plastic one and. Some in a basket. I wish I was better organized!

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  26. I store my thread in a multi-drawer Horn cabinet where the drawers are just the right depth for spools of thread. I have the spools of shiny thread used for the embroidery machine in fishing tackle boxes.

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  27. I store mine in a drawer. I don't have tons of thread so it has worked out fine so far. I've never tried CT threads but I like their fabric so don't see any reason why I wouldn't like their thread, too. irishsparksareflyin at gmail dot com
    What I would really like is a good way to organize bobbins!!

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  28. I haven't used Connecting Threads thread, but would like to try it out. I store most of my thread in a small set of drawers that were being given away as part of laboratory equipment. The large spools that I use most frequently stand up in a cigar box.

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  29. My thread has always been in a clear, plastic box. Not the most efficient, and it tangles no matter how well I secure the ends, but I do kind of like the sound it makes when I sift through the spools. Would love to try these new threads.

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  30. Terry, I absolutely love Connecting Threads Essentials! I wait for their big sale every year and stock up. I store my thread in the basement by my longarm machine. It's in shallow boxes loosely covered with clear plastic. I can see it, but it's not getting dusty, plus I think there is a benefit to being stored in the basement because the air is a bit more humid than upstairs. Not only is the thread great to work with, the customer service at CT is wonderful also!

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  31. There is actually no organization to my thread AT ALL! It seems to be scattered all over the room.....the spools I buy at the same time stay kind of together as a family at least, but the rest are in baskets and bags and drawers. Definitely makes it hard to know if you already have the color you need when you need it!

    (kpanzera(at)hotmail.com

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  32. I too use Connecting threads thread and have for years. I love it, the spools are big enough to last for a long time. I have mine stored in drawers in a cabinet that is right behind my sewing chair, under my cutting table.

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  33. Anonymous12:56 PM

    I use their thread all the time. I keep my most used colors on a thread rack by my machine. The others I keep in a shallow cabinet on the wall. dmiller124 at Hotmail dot com.

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  34. I've been keeping my thread in a plastic box, but it's overflowing. I like the drawer idea!!

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  35. I love my Connecting Threads thread!! I stocked up on the last big sale :)

    I store my bobbins in my old sewing box and the spools in the top drawer of a dresser I have in my sewing room :)

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  36. Anonymous1:12 PM

    I just love my Connecting Threads thread. I store it in a stackable white plastic shelf. That way I can see it quickly. Ellen Ridsdale

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  37. I have a wooden spool holder that I used as well as a clear plastic thread box that has the pins in it to put the spools on. I use a decorative storage box for the unopened thread right now. It works for me because I am a beginner and don't really have a lot of thread to store.

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  38. I storeally my thread in a plastic bin close to my sewing machine but that system is not working well. It's getting a bit disorganized. Haha. I need to find another storage option.

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  39. I purchased a large tackle box that has a top level that opens and is shallow and the bottom level opens and is deep and large and has several plastic boxes that stand upright in it. Very affordable at any big box store. I use it to store my thread and smaller quilting tools. Perfect. I can carry it around and it holds a lot. I've herad a lot about these threads and would love a chance to try them out!!!! Thank you!!!

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  40. Love Connecting Threads thread; I store mine in a drawer next to my sewing machine; works just fine for me!

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  41. My husband made me thread racks that I hang on the wall. I think I have room for 200 spools. I organze them by fiber content, and sometimes by color.

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  42. Anonymous1:16 PM

    I use clear plastic shoe boxes, one labelled piecing thread (cones), and one labelled quilting thread (cones). My smaller spools of essential thread from Connecting Threads is in the handy plastic two-sided thread holder that I purchased from CT (it's like a suitcase of thread...very handy!

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  43. My husband made me an amazing 8 drawer dresser with spool thread stands in all the drawers so I can have them all neat in the drawers! I LOVE to buy thread LOL he is already saying he might have to make me another one already!

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  44. I also am a Connecting Threads lover. I store my spools in the thin stacked drawer towers. Keep my winning streak going - I've recently won on 2 other quilting blogs.

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  45. My favorite thread and they listened and came out with a variegated! Yeah....
    I store mine by type and color within that in marked drawers. It is laid on its side so I can see color at a glance and my gray, white and tan for piecing stays in a little tray under my sew steady table ready to grab. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  46. I love their thread and use it all the time, I store them in a layer plastic box. E-mail is brandymissing@yahoo.com.

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  47. I recently purchased a new embroidery machine, so I have been collecting many different color threads, most recently from Connecting Threads. My Sewing table is from Ikea, and it has wonderful drawers, so right now I an keeping then in there right where I need them. I am sure when I acquire more threads, I will need to rethink where they will be stored.

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  48. I store my thread by color in clear plastic boxes. Easy to see and access. I like the racks , but concerned about constant sun exposure and dust. About 90% of my thread is Connecting Threads thread!

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  49. Frankly, I need a better system. I am just rediscovering sewing after years of being a career woman. Now that I'm close to retirement, I am finding that I find it enjoyable again! Now that my thread collection is growing, I need a better system and was able to get some ideas from the previous comments. Thanks!

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  50. Maureen1:20 PM

    In two see through containers so I can tell at a glance what's there :)

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  51. I store mine in plastic totes that have a handle on top for carrying. I have two of them and store light colors in one, dark colors in the other. It works well for me as I don't have a sewing room so must move things from one room to another, edrin1932(at)gmail.com.

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  52. Anonymous1:25 PM

    I store my thread in a cute little box right next to my sewing machine. The box was a gift from a fellow quilter in my sewing group. :P juliewebb@bresnan.net

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  53. Anonymous1:26 PM

    I keep my thread, enclose in plastic containrs, as I don't want my dog to get at it, & keeps the dust off!

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  54. I store my connecting thread in a cupboard that my friend made for me and then just a few of them above my sewing machine on a thread rack..I also love connecting thread

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  55. Anonymous1:26 PM

    I keep mine in plastic ins, as the dog may get at it!

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  56. I would love to win that, thanks for the chance

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  57. I'm happy to discover this thread -- and it's on sale right now! Yippee. I store my thread in plastic drawers, similar to yours. I have silk thread in one drawer and cotton in the rest.

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  58. I store most of my threads on a single wall rack. Since the rack holds a limited number of threads, I work my way through them pretty quickly and have not had issues with dust or fading. I don;t do much "drawing" with the three so I can limit my collection to the neutrals I piece with and quilting or garment making threads chosen with each project. I've never tried the Connecting Threads brand.

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  59. I have some thread in a variety of thread storage containers and some in drawers. It works well enough. Sometimes, in a rare moment of organizing, I attempt to separate them by type and color but, so far, it is futile effort.

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  60. I store mine on the wall in a thread rack my husband made for me last year. Its mounted right behind my sewing table so I can reach it easily. It holds about 60 spools, most of them from Connecting Threads! Their thread is easy to work with, affordable, and the colors are AMAZING! cheers from Yukon Canada :)

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  61. Anonymous1:31 PM

    I have peg board hanging on the wall with thread racks on them. I love being able to see all the colors I have. cnnlljcon3@aol.com

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  62. I have a bucket with my sewing notions in it. On the outside if the bucket are little pockets that are the perfect size for a spool of thread and the bobbin too. Eventually, I want to make a rack for them with golf tees and I will be sure to make a dust cover after reading your post. Lisamichelleford82@gmail.com

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  63. Anonymous1:32 PM

    I use a clear plastic storage box with a lid. It is made for thread so every spool stays where you put it and things are easy to find because it is clear. Martha_marlin at yahoo dot com

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  64. Anonymous1:32 PM

    Love their thread - have already collected several of the "essentials" and I store it in a plastic tote with a handle so it can travel from room to room with me (because I have my quilting strung all over the house - HAHA) wvdixie@hughes.net

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  65. oops, forgot to add my email thefrozenmukluk@gmail.com

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  66. I have some (most?) of my threads sorted by color and in plastic thread boxes. Ahhhh... Then there are the perpetual spools that never seem to get put away. Sigh...

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  67. Ok I just started acquiring some cone thread for long arm quilting! I was planning on getting a wall thread rack, I didn't think about sunlight or dust! So now I m thinking stil use the wall rack but maybe put a quilt over the top, like a wall hanging!

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  68. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Balderaz511@hotmail.com

    I use a set of 4 stacked rolling drawers. I can roll it to where I'm working, the drawers protect the thread from light and dust, and my cats!!! Best of all, there is so much room for lots of thread!!!

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  69. I store mine in a plastic bin .

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  70. I buy fabric, kits and thread from Connecting Threads a lot. They have great deals. I store my thread in a set of 3 tier plastic drawers that I can easily move around.

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  71. Most of my thread stock is from Connecting Threads also! All of my varied machines, from my 1942 Singer to my new Pfaff love it. No breaks, fraying etc and it is affordable thread. My serger thread is stored in drawers with custom drawer inserts so they don't roll around etc. My everyday thread are on 4 thread racks. They have roll down covers to limit the dust and sun exposure. They're kind of like the old fashioned roller blinds.

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  72. I've never tried these threads, so it would be great fun to win the drawing. Currently, I store my threads in those little plastic containers that are supposed to store Hot Wheels cars. What can I say? My daughter loved playing with those little cars, and now the containers are being used to store my threads. The cars have been passed down to her young cousins. A big plus to these containers are they are nice and portable for workshops.

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  73. Ooo my favorite thread too! I have a hodge podge of ways I store my thread. The overflow of Connecting thread ones are seeing a new trial system - a small lidded bin I found at the drugstore that is deep enough to accommodate a layer of batting (an idea stolen from another quilter) and a bobbin attached to the spool. These bins can be stacked, sort of interlock, and aren't much bigger than a shoebox so easy to tuck away under my sewing machine table. My favorite storage though is hard to describe. It opens out to revel rows of pegs to put the spools on and each row rotates out away for easy removal of a spool of thread. It's something my husband found at a sewing machine store. There are probably 10 rows on each side with each row holding as many spools. So it is kind of like a huge book that you open - easy to access the thread but totally protects it from light and dust when closed. The drawback though is it doesn't accommodate the bigger thread sizes well like the King Tut by Superior - too wide to fit on the ends of the rows. What I can't fit in there is in drawers like yours. I think it's like fabric - once you get to collecting, you outgrow your original brilliant storage scheme and can never fully catch up! idahobeautyquilts @yahoo.com

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  74. I love Connecting Threads thread too! I have over 600 spools of thread and store them in a vintage photographic lens cabinet. The drawers are wide and flat, just high enough for spool of thread on its side. I can see all the colors at a glance and don't have to worry about dust or sunlight.
    quiltedlovelies (at) quiltedlovelies (dot) com

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  75. Ellen Ridsdale1:44 PM

    I forgot to add my email. Store mine in a plastic 4 drawer stand. Love it.

    erids2004@yahoo.ca

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  76. Anonymous1:48 PM

    I love, love, love this thread. The colors are amazing! I store my thread on a pegged cat wall holder, a turntable made by the Amish, in my Grandma's sewing basket which I inherited, under my bed, in clear plastic holders in my closet...Oh no I am a thread hoarder! But you never know what colors you may need.

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  77. Anonymous1:49 PM

    I store my thread in plastic bins for holding thread that I purchased at Connecting thread Co. along with quilting threads. Threads are like fabric, can never have enough!! thanks from Debbie debste@nb.sympatico.ca

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  78. I love connecting threads, all their products but my sewing machine loves their thread! I have about 30 rolls now and they are all in one bin on my sewing table. It's not really organized but it works! Tracey.brown@xplornet.com

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  79. Hmmm, my comment disappeared! I was just thinking about looking for your old thread post yesterday, so happy I waited til today because you did the looking for me!

    Anyway, I store my thread in an Ikea chest of drawers and I LOVE it, here's a post all about it: http://www.candiedfabrics.com/2013/03/18/studio-cleaned-thread-organized/

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  80. Anonymous1:57 PM

    I use the clear Darice thread organizers. I like that you can easily see what color threads you have, but I wish the container was deeper so the lid would fit better.

    LeslieBower@juno.com

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  81. Scrapbook paper boxes.... the clear kind. They are tall enough to stand the thread upright and the boxes stack nicely on my stash shelves. Plus, as my thread stash expands, I just go out and buy another box!
    slototes@gmail.com

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  82. Anonymous2:00 PM

    Because I have heard so much about Connecting Thread threads I just purchased some during their recent sale. I also ordered the case to keep them in. currently I have my thread in a drawer near my sewing machine and some on a wooden spindle holder but am always concerned about them getting to much sun and dust. Would love to be able to have a set of thread to add to my new collection of Connecting Threads. Beverly_quilts@comcast.net

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  83. I keep all my threads on a spool rack and the ones I use the most are just sitting right by the sewing machinw

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  84. Anonymous2:03 PM

    I too LOVE connecting threads' thread. So pretty, strong, AND affordable. As far as organizing, it's a mess! I just have a tub that all my thread goes into. But the problem is then stuff gets sifted down the bottom and i forget that I have 10 spools of lilac thread, so then when I need lilac thread I just go buy more... It's a vicious cycle. I've tried to think of other solutions, but the fact that so many of the of my spools are different sizes I can't come up with anything good.

    Maggie

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  85. Shelley Walling2:04 PM

    Anyone know about using this in a Gammill? I just got a used one and am doing research on thread. I store all my thread on hanging spool holders. This is NOT ideal because of the dust!

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  86. Helene Cline2:10 PM

    I discovered Connecting Threads several years ago. The thread is awesome. I store mine on wall hanging rack that was specially built for the spool size. So I have one for large spools and one for small spools. They hang on the wall above my sewing center. All the excess goes into the plastic sorting box for Connecting Threads. I was just thinking of ordering more - so would love a chance to win!!

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  87. Lidwina Flavelle2:11 PM

    I store my embroidery & serger thread in Ikea wooden boxes (different sets). My piecing thread is in a chocolate tin that was my mothers, displayed in an antique bookcase which my Mom acquired (second hand) in the late 1950's, a very special piece indeed. cobraone@telus.net

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  88. Anonymous2:12 PM

    I store large spools of thread in JoAnn's divided plastic boxes but the older, smaller spools are kept in large glass jars with colorful lids where I can see them. Serger thread is kept in a drawer close by. I have used CT thread and liked it. kannth@mchsi.com

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  89. I love and use thread from connecting threads as well! I love their fabric too! I store mine on a rack hanging from my pegboard. hispatchwork@aol.com

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  90. Anonymous2:13 PM

    I'm like you in that my machine is on a desk and I store my threads in the desk drawers. I also love and use Connecting Threads thread. lydialawrence@att.net

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  91. Anonymous2:13 PM

    I have a wooden thread stand on the wall but it is never big enough for all the thread so the remainder goes into a Rubbermaid.

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  92. Love the Connecting Threads thread, can't beat the price and quality. I have my thread in folding plastic boxes, if I empty a box you can fold it flat and put it away until the next shipment of thread arrives. I also keep projects in those boxes with fabric, thread and patterns, etc.

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  93. I store my cones of thread on a shelf about 10-12" below the ceiling of my sewing room. Here it does not get the sunlight. I try to keep the original plastic on as long as I can. A small plastic bag can be added to cover to open spools. If I find out that It does get dusty this way, there is room that I can pin up a piece of clear plastic. I love to see the colors of thread standing on the shelf. It reminds me of a colorful border.

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  94. I have my thread in plastic boxes and bins in drawers. I have over 300 spools of Rayon for embroidery and they are grouped by make in boxes. I only used a rack when I pulled thread for embroidery designs.
    My 12 weight and 30 weight cotton thread are in boxes made for these spools and have been used mostly for serging. Thin thread is in a drawer for heirloom sewing. I only have a small amount of 50 weight quilting thread but it seams to be everywhere. I need to organize these to know what I have. bettydrake1@gmail.com

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  95. Wilma2:21 PM

    I have handmade thread racks...5 of them actually...Iove Connecting threads...thanks from Wilma ...thehucks@nf.sympatico.ca

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  96. I love CT thread and have several spools myself, but could always use more!! I keep mine in a clear, hard plastic thread organizer with a matching cover. Being clear I can still see the beautiful colors, but it has a cover to keep it clean.
    I am enclosing a link to one I found onlline: http://www.createforless.com/Darice-Organizer-Thread-Holds-40-Spools-Clear/pid184119.aspx
    My email address: jswsks1@yahoo.com

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  97. I love when Connecting Threads has a sale and then I stock up. I have a lot of mine on racks on the wall and some in drawers. However, I just remodeled my basement where I am setting up a quilting studio and can't wait to organize the thread in the new cabinet with some in racks on the walls as decoration too. hschloss@aol.com

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  98. Just using my first CT spool of thread, loving it, and so is my machine,and pocketbook, ordered several colors with this sale, still waiting on availability of black, white, and gray. I keep the tread in a plastic, 3 draw rolling cart by my machine. However I have other thread for my embroidery machine just in an open bin, guess I need to keep it in a draw. sure hope I win some more nice thread:) Thanks for the give away. medley.crystal@gmail.com

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  99. Anonymous2:28 PM

    I store them in vintage tins. One colour range per tin.2

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  100. I have a big clear tub for most of my thread. I keep the variegated and non cotton thread in another clear bin. It works as well as anything.

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  101. I currently store my threads in one of those clear plastic drawer things on wheels. You know, the ones you can find at the box stores for cheap? I can wheel it around with me when I'm quilting. I find the spools fit in the drawers nice and I like the openness of the drawers because they are clear - allowing light to filter through. I would really love to try out the threads from Connecting Threads too! I recently stumbled on their shop for good quality fabrics and have not yet had the opportunity to put in an order for some threads. h (dot) parrsmith (at) gmail (dot) com ;)

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  102. wow did you generate some comments! Free thread. I store mine in a drawer next to the machine. Now, I only have the basics. Black, white, beige and gray. So, choose my number so I can enjoy bright colors. This is my brand!!!!

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  103. I have an old 3-drawer cabinet with a flip up top that has built in dowel system in the top and that is full and I also have clear plastic containers and all fits nicely under my sewing table.Just purchased the multi colored thread set and I am ready to get more thread from them ..nahncej0@yahoo.com

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  104. I too love Connecting Threads thread. I recently purchase a new machine and this thread has worked wonderfully. I store my thread in two places. I have a wall rack (the peg type) when I store commonly used colors and neutrals for casual needs. I also have two plastic containers designed for Hot Wheels cars that works just great for single spools of thread. Keeps them clean and easily accessible. Thanks for your blog. Julie

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  105. I put all mine in a large clear cookie jar!

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  106. Anonymous2:46 PM

    I use the thread all the time. The last time I ordered thread I also ordered one of the plastic thread cases

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  107. I have thread organizer and I put like colors together much easier.YvonneElen3@gmail.com

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  108. I have three storage area... 1-in drawers by color, 2-on a spindle rack my dad maid me, 3-in a beautiful cupboard my dad also made for me (still need to get it up on the wall though). The cupboard and drawers keep the dust out.

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  109. i have mine in short stackable bins by my machine by color and type

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  110. Anonymous2:53 PM

    I have a small drawer unit that has a different color or two of thread in each drawer, then a separate drawer for quilting thread and a special drawer for the Essentials Thread. I love this thread, it is wonderful to quilt with. I am so glad they brought back the variegated thread.
    connieb
    cbquilts345@yahoo.com

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  111. I love the Essentials Thread and it is the only thread I buy. I store mine in a wall-mounted rack and leave the plastic wrappers on until I use the thread. I use enough of it often enough that dust collecting on the spools is not a problem for me.

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  112. Anonymous2:58 PM

    I store my thread in the top drawer of a small chest of drawers and I try to organize by color but the different spool sizes can make it challenging. I will need more space soon. maxinenordick@yahoo.com

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  113. Wanda2:58 PM

    I love, love, love their threads! I keep mine in see-thru containers roughly sorted by colour. Seems to work for me!
    Busyhilda@gmail.com

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  114. The threads remind me of Gram's button box - a riot of color! I store some of my thread in a shadow box my Dad made me that has a glass door. The rest is stored in a large super satchel art bin that I think is made for embroidery threads. I just don't use the dividers. I am off to Connecting Threads to do a little shopping. :D

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  115. I have a thread organizer that I bought from connecting threads and \i love it.

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  116. Anonymous2:59 PM

    I store my thread in a plastic container with rods in it. My mother bought it for my 7th grade sewing class.(50 years ago) I have carried it to many places, so I would say it has worked for me.
    Diane satgr96@aol.com

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  117. My thread is stored on my wall on a few of the thread holders that I bought from Joann's. This way, I line up each row by color, light ti dark so I can always see what I have!

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  118. I have them in a few shallow drawers in one of those sterilite plastic storage drawer carts. I lay them on their side so I can see all the colors easily, and it works pretty well for me. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  119. Use the same sort of thread rack that you have on the wall, angled, inside a drawer instead of on the wall. Or use the track and have it set on drawer pulls inside a cabinet

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  120. I also use Connecting Threads thread and store them in the containers they suggest on their blog and sell in their store. Love the price and the variety!

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  121. Connecting Thread is my favorite! The prices are the best on both thread and fabric. The only thing I don't like is I cannot feel or smell the goods! But they do take great pictures and after my order comes in, I can feel and smell as much as I want. I organize my threads with their bobbins in one-layer, plastic divided boxes like the fishing tackle boxes. I keep the bobbins with the threads (if there is still have thread on them).

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  122. Forgot my email kjrenrut@gmail.com

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  123. I do what you do, with the drawers. Except my drawer is clear frosted, not colored. The threads I use the most are in a little shelf organizer next to my machine. I like the HandiBobs bobbin holders, to clip the matching bobbins in, then stuff into he matching thread spool. That doesn't always fit every spool hole, though. I try to keep my threads organized by color and type.
    I've been trying Connecting Threads cottons and I love them for quilting!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  124. Anonymous3:11 PM

    Connecting Threads - Yeah!!! I have a thread organizer that can either be hung on the wall or be freestanding. Right now, it sits in the corner of my sewing room fairly filled with threads that are mostly organized by color. Though there are a couple empty spots just waiting to be filled! ;-) Barb Filiatrault - barbfiliatrault@gmail.com

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  125. I keep mine in a thread rack. It is in a basement room so sunlight doesn't really affect it. Haven't noticed an issue with dust. I haven't tried Connecting Threads but based on all the positive comments, I will have to get some.

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  126. I have my threads in a pullout plastic drawer and it's getting rather crowded in there! I'd like to find a method where I can see all the colors without digging.

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  127. I just purchased some of the variegated thread from connecting threads and am excited to use it. I store my thread in stacked pull out drawers-the best storage I could find after much research. Thanks for the giveaway-can't everyone use more thread? Debbd55@gmail.com

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  128. Karrie Strohan3:18 PM

    I also love CT's thread. Mine are stored in a 2 sided storage container I bought from Connecting Threads. There's enough room in the slots to also hold the matching bobbin. karstroh@gmail.com

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  129. I have a pole rack that I use for my often used thread. The rest is in a bucked. Most of mine is from Connecting Threads also. Otrembat@earthlink.net

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  130. I store my thread on wall hung thread racks.

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  131. Anonymous3:25 PM

    I like to keep my thread in plastic shoe boxes sorted by color. I could always make room for a few more spools, or buy more boxes!! Joan Anderson, bja7@cox.net

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  132. I store my threads on racks on the wall and in a Ikea drawer. I do not sort by color but it works for me :) And yes, much of my thread is from connecting threads!
    Donnasimonton2@gmail.com

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  133. Anonymous3:27 PM

    I store my thread in an old wooden silverware box. I got it at an antique store for $5. I pulled out all the separators and lined it with sticky backed cork panels and pretty scrap booking paper and embellishments. It holds 48 spools of connecting threads essential thread but is only half full.jkmk9@wctc.net

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  134. Anonymous3:28 PM

    I use a thread rack currently. I have also hand them in plastic bins with dividers to keep them from rolling around. I love connecting threads. All their products are great and the quality can't be beat for the price.

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  135. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Plastic bins with dividers or a scrapbook 12x12 plastic paper holder works well too and is portable. I love connecting threads! Great quality and price!
    pixie17_2000@yahoo.com

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  136. Anonymous3:32 PM

    I use a lot of Connecting Thread's thread. I really like it too. I store thread in a drawer and also in a matchbox car plastic container. The container is very handy and it fits under my sewing table. bevquilt@hotmail.com

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  137. Anonymous3:42 PM

    I store my thread in a plastic cabinet with drawers and sort the thread by type and color.

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  138. I have used Connecting Threads threads for at least 8 years. I love them. I was so sad when they discontinued their original varigated threads and ecstatic to see them return! I store my thread in clear bins (called shoe boxes) on shelves in my sewing room. That way I can separate the new from the started spools. maryclif@telusplanet.net

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  139. I have used Connecting Threads cotton and poly threads for ever. I love the quality and the choice of colours! I am sooooo happy that the varigated colours have been re-introduced. I separate my new from started spools in plastic "shoe-boxes" that I can see through. These sit on a set of shelves next to my sewing machine. maryclif@telusplanet.net

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  140. I keep my thread in photo storage boxes. I take out the colors I think I will need and keep them in a clear plastic box with a lid on my sewing table.
    I think the new varigated threads look yummy! Would love to try them!
    dallmann4@frontier.com

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  141. I have a couple of clear plastic thread holder containers that are great, I can see what I want and they mostly have Connecting Threads thread in them. Love the colors and having what I need when I need it.

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  142. Valerie Maxell4:01 PM

    I store my thread in see through shoe boxes. I have a box for handquilting thread and three for machine thread. helps to see it all. ladybug112@bledsoe.net

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  143. I store my machine thread on a pegboard right above my sewing machine but I store my hand quilting thread in the freezer.

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  144. Sorry, forgot my email. toveryro@yahoo.com

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  145. I store my thread in plastic containers that I ordered when I got my Koala studio furniture. It has spindles inside to secure the spools and it is clear so I can enjoy my thread even when I am not using it!

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  146. What a fun giveaway! Alas, my two thread storage methods are exactly the same as yours (in the plastic drawers and hanging on the wall getting dusty). My mom has hers hanging on the wall but covers them with plastic sandwich baggies. Saves the dust, but there are always millions of loose baggies floating around her studio so not sure that really helps...

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  147. I use the plastic carts as well, then have dollar store drawer dividers to separate them into spool size, color, and type. I have some thread from CT, have not had a chance to use any yet. Glad to hear all the good comments about it! sguday at shaw dot ca

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  148. Anonymous4:21 PM

    I love connecting threads. I love variegated thread. I think it adds definition to quilts! I use the variegated thread on most of what I quilt! hideaway2@windstream.net

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  149. I store my Essential Threads and so many other quilting essentials in an old card catalog. These abandoned relics of libraries past are available on E-bay if you are not as lucky as I to be an anachronistic retired librarian.

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  150. I love connecting threads for all my quilting, sewing and embroidery. I have a wall rack for all my open rolls and matching bobbins. I have 2cler plastic containers for all my new rolls so I can pick out a new color easily! Can't get enough of the CT!! Irishrn50@gmail.com

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  151. I store mine on thread racks on the wall, but never thought about the dust or sunlight on it. Might have to rethink storing the threads.

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  152. I store mine on thread racks on the wall, but never thought about the dust and sunlight. Might need to rethink my storage--do love the colors on the wall though.

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  153. I store most of my thread in plastic bins under my long arm. I love thread it is a sewers box of crayons. clm63@msn.com

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  154. Anonymous4:45 PM

    was just introduced to connecting threads about 6 months ago by my local church quilting group and I am extremely happy with it. It is affordable, quality thread and I use it daily. I keep my thread in plastic storage containers for easy transport to quilt retreats, but the bulk of it I keep in my sewing cabinet drawers. I just love all of connecting threads' products!! Thanks from Andrea, ahanlon05@gmail.com

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  155. Wow, 73 comments! Good going- but I want to be put in your generator too! I keep my threads in those HotWheels plastic organizer boxes from the toy store with the little compartments. I have about 5 of them plus some cheap plastic drawer sets where I try to keep things by color, a losing battle. sdonabed@mac.com

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  156. I have a rack also. It is in the closet where i store my fabric.
    I also store thread in the drawers of my sewing machine cabinet.
    I use these drawers for thread and tools. I like that that stuff is handy.
    I haven't tried connecting threads but will based on your recommendation.
    Best!

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  157. gerrie4:53 PM

    I use a thread holder and cover them. I also use thread from Connecting Threads and love the variegated ones especially.

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  158. hah! I have a whole taboret filled with threads, each drawer a different color. And still, I never have exactly the thread I need.

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  159. I have my threads in a drawer --- but it is a 45" tall lingerie chest with small drawers. I can pull out each drawer and see all the colors and it keeps the dust off. Also the chest sets next to my sewing machine. There is one double drawer deep enough to hold serger cones! I love it!

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  160. Mary D5:04 PM

    I have a 5 drawer plastic container on wheels that I have my thread in. It works for me. I haven't tried nor heard of Connecting Threads. I would love to be one of the winners of the give away of the thread. My email address is one_witchy@yahoo.com

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  161. All of my cotton thread is in one of those multicolored stackable rolling carts next to my machine. It works well enough but sometimes the spools fall over. Thanks!

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  162. I have just started sewing. I love making scenic quilts. Just finished a large forest quilt for my son. I store my thread in the face of my sewing machine cabinet. I also have 2 plastic thread boxes. I would love to try your thread. Lois.Fullerton@google.com. Thank You

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  163. I've recently discovered their thread, too, and love it. Great colors, reasonably priced. I use tin boxes that my mom and grandma used. I've been thinking about reorganization with bins from Connecting Threads. tch213@gmail.com

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  164. I have a rack that sits atop my shelves, but my thread supply has outgrown it. I want to get another and hang both on the wall...

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  165. I used to store my thread in plastic thread organizer boxes but found that I wasn't good at returning them in a timely manner. I purchased some small plastic drawer sets and now store them in those. Each drawer is labelled with a color so spools are organized by color and are easier for me to access and put away. Love my spools of thread from Connecting Threads! Great colors!

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  166. deequigs5:20 PM

    I use plastic boxes made for thread storage. I had them all sorted my color and size of spool until one rainy afternoon my granddaughter started to play with them. No both of my granddaughters love to play with the different colors. I don't mind, because it reminds me of playing in my grandmother's button box when in was little (I still have it and the buttons). So if mixed up colors is what it takes to pass on my love of fabric and sewing to them so be it. Sewing and working with fabric has gotten me through some of the most difficult times of my life.

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  167. I have a thread board hanging on the wall. What doesn't fit there is in my sewing box, on my sewing table and in bags. I think I need to get a bigger board. LOL

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  168. I store thread on s thread holding rack by color (new to me) previously on a plastic drawer unit. Foley_candy @ yahoo.com

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  169. Anonymous5:35 PM

    I have mine sorted by color and yes they are Connecting Threads products. I love their threads and all their other products.

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  170. Anonymous5:43 PM

    I've been using Connecting Thread for my quilt piecing and some quilting for a long time. I love the color selection. My threads are stored in a plastic bin.

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  171. I quilt and do machine embroidery. I store both in plastic containers with compartments just the right size for thread. I use many different colors of embroidery thread so I have several boxes which I label on outside with range of numbers. I keep my quilting thread in one container with a bobbin wound in same color.

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  172. Brenda6:11 PM

    I've got a big drawer at my sewing machine where I keep my thread.

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  173. Glad to know how much everyone likes this thread, because it is so affordable. Try storing your thread in one of those plastic,hanging shoe organizers. See through but keeps the dust at bay.
    Jackie pandorasmailbox2003@yahoo.com

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  175. I store my threads in the double sided plastic boxes from Connecting Threads. It holds oodles of spools. You can see the colours and they are easy to transport to workshops and retreats. Love their thread colours as well. I should win just for my loyalty to Connecting Threads. LOL.

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  176. Anonymous6:33 PM

    we store our thread by color in covered containers to protect it from dust. It works well for us as when we need a certain color family we can pull the entire container down and sort through the same color family to choose the best color.

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  177. Ann Flower6:38 PM

    I store my threads in tins and plastic boxes. I have found that my wall rack thread was getting very dusty. I have thread that is about 30 years old from machine embroidery that is still great because of the tin storage. antiques@eoni.com

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  178. I store my thread in a cart drawer next to my sewing machine. It doesn't work very well because it is hard to see the colors. Would like to have them on somw sort of rack in the opem

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  179. Maureen6:41 PM

    Love these threads. I have 2 solutions -- 1) the typical plastic containers for thread. I use it primarily for older threads with smaller rolls. 2) The larger rolls are stored in an antique sewing box I found at a flea market. Couldn't believe the owner was selling it, it works great because of deeper sections for he tall cones.
    mmcnally@usa.com

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  180. Anonymous6:44 PM

    I use Connecting Threads cotton thread exclusively on my long arm machine. It was the first thread I tried on it and I loved it so I have never ventured to try any other brand! I keep all my thread on the wall on one of those peg racks. It does get dusty there because I don't cover it so I use a vacuum on it periodically. If you give your thread a good tug before using it and it doesn't snap/break it's just fine for sewing with. If it does happen to break, just remove that which has been exposed to the air and carry on with the rest of the spool. Incidentally, the CT threads do not seem to fade from exposure to the air, but I also have my racks where the sunlight doesn't reach them. It's one of the prettiest things in my sewing room to look at!
    Rose rvinmemo at msn.com

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  181. Anonymous6:50 PM

    Well, I have all my spools of thread on pegs inside the door that houses my sewing machine. Since Connecting Threads thread - problem - not enough pegs! cgauwitz@arvig.net

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  182. I store mine in a hot wheels box
    mbennett118@gmail.com

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  183. Anonymous7:00 PM

    I love CT thread, love the colors. I store my thread in double-sided clear plastic containers I buy at JoAnn's Fabrics.

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  184. Anonymous7:02 PM

    Oops, email is kjthar@yahoo.com

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  185. I have one of those wooden holders with lots of space to hold the spools and then a shoe box. No organization whatsoever!

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  186. I have one of those wooden racks with lots of space for spools. And then a shoe box. No organization whatsoever!

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  187. Nice thread! I store mine in a decorative box.

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  188. Love their threads. I store mine in double sided plastic containers that I bought from Connecting threads. Works great and has a handle for carrying.

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  189. I keep my thread in a drawer in a cart by my sewing machine. It doesn't work well because I can not see rhe colors very well. I have to take thw thread out to see the color . I have grouped by color which helps.

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  190. I store mine in a clear plastic box. I am always envious of the sewers that have beautiful displays of several colors

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  191. I have my most used thread in a little basket next to my sewing machine. Need to rethink this as the basket is already too small!

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  192. Unfortunately, my thread is a disorganized mess, but at least it is all contained in a small wooden box so I know where to find it. I don't have very many spools of threads and usually when I start a new project I have to make a run to a store to buy the correct color of thread.

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  193. I store most of my thread on racks on my wall. I do have baskets in a cabinet that hold my embroidery threads (rayon) and my quilting threads.

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  194. Anonymous8:19 PM

    I love this thread. It's quite nice to work with.
    mine is stored in stacking clear case drawers
    so I can see the colors when looking.

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  195. I store my most used threads on a thread rack hanging right next to my machine. All embroidery threads and other less frequently used threads in plastic thread bins. I love the Connecting Thread threads. My main ones are white, lt grey, dk grey and black. I never run out of them

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  196. I have a cute thread holder hanging on a wall, but I only use it for all purpose thread. My good (expensive) thread is in a drawer that defies organization. I try and then the quilt gremlins get into it and soon it's a disaster again.

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  197. Anonymous8:48 PM

    I store my thread in see thru cases that I bought from connecting thread. there are like a suitcase with storage on both sides. I have 2 of them and they are great for storing thread. they are see thru so I can see what I have. they are the best thing since slice bread. and I LOVE their thread, I use nothing else but thread from connecting thread.

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  198. Hi, I'm Shellie Wilcher. My husband got me a sewing machine for Christmas 2 years ago. Last year he gave me a serger. I don't have that much thread yet so I keep most of it in my sewing box. I also have a chest of drawers to store my sewing supplies in. Would love to have one of these sets!!! Thanks for the chance. S.wilcher@hotmail.com

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  199. Anonymous9:06 PM

    I purchased a thread organizer when I first started quilting. It is clear plastic with snap lids. It works great because it can go wherever I am quilting. Patty peffinghamltc@yahoo.com

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  200. I have lots of threads. Favorite storage are plastic boxes that open flat with thread visible on each side. I like being able to see the sides of the spools --makes auditioning the colors a bit easier. The spools are locked in so that keeps them in place when I open the boxes. I have some for big spools and some that fit the small spools.

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