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Keep Your Thread in Order

By August 27, 2019 Embroidery Tips, Thread

Follow these practical tips to organize embroidery thread and prolong the use of your valuable materials.

The most important reason one should organize embroidery thread supplies is to be able to set up jobs quickly. A tidy thread cabinet will also stop you from re-purchasing existing colours unnecessarily due to an untidy thread storage system or even no storage system at all.

Think it through first

Stop! Don’t go running to the store for the latest gadget before taking the time to consider your needs. Think about what you require from your thread storage system. For example…

  • Do you only work at home?
  • Do you want your collection on show, or tidied away and out of sight?
  • How much room do you have to store your threads?
  • How easy will it be to find a particular colour or type of thread?
  • Are all your threads packaged in the same manner?

There are many ways to store and organize embroidery thread. Some people use a color-coding method while others stock threads according to brands. While personal preference plays a big role in how you set up your embroidery department there are certain strategies that can help you figure out the most efficient way to be organized.

  1. Keep it covered. It’s important to keep thread away from dust, dirt and direct sunlight. Plastic containers provide a shield from elements that may damage or discolor the thread. You can also hang cones on the wall and cover with fabric.
  2. Stand cones upright. When you take the thread off the machine, make sure to wind it up and hook the thread into the bottom slit of the cone to hold it in place. Thread cones should always be stored upright and not simply thrown into a box. The thread can get bruised if it’s mishandled and this can cause thread breaks with no visible sign of a problem – until it’s too late.
  3. Store by color. If you have a small setup, store your thread in boxes according to color families, such as all the shades of orange in one box. In a lager embroidery operation with multi-head machines, store your thread according to a specific color, each box named with color name and number and thread type
  4. Keep your cones in original boxes. There is no reason to open thread boxes prematurely. Always keep new cones in the original boxes with the plastic covering until you are ready to use them.

Author Trim

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