Happy Friday! Thanks again for all of the support and the terrific suggestions that are coming in through comments, emails, and Instagram (find me over on IG at @sherrimcconnell). Another IG note: if you’d like to post progress photos there I’m going to start using the hashtag #organizewithaquiltinglife.
Day Five: Organize Thread and Bobbins.
Today’s task is to organize all of your thread and bobbins. For some of you this might be an easy task…for others it might be a major undertaking. I’m in the second group: I have literally been sewing and collecting thread since I was 10 years old. As I’ve thought about it this week, I think it is the mix of color that I absolutely love. I did get rid of some of my older threads about a year and half ago (the last time I did a major clean up in my sewing room), but I still have some of those older ones around.
I use mostly Aurifil for piecing and generally use 2000 (cream–works great for all Fig Tree sewing), 2024 (my favorite white), and 2600 (perfect grey) for the majority of my machine piecing. Since I live at least an hour away from any quilt shops that carry good thread I like having a range of colors available at home. I’ve splurged on a couple of boxes of Aurifil designer threads when they were on sale to get my current mix of colors. (There is an Aurifil Fig Tree collection coming out soon that I know I’m going to have to get, too).
I like having my thread where I can see it…it’s such a treat for the eyes! Earlier this year I purchased my wall spool rack from Home Decorator’s. I’ve really, really been happy with it. You can search “spool rack” on Amazon, and lots of choices will come up. There are also lots of options at Joann’s for organizing thread and bobbins.
For bobbin storage, you can’t go wrong with the bobbin donuts, readily available at quilt and craft shops (I actually found the red one at the hardware store in my little town). I like to have lots of neutral bobbins wound and ready to sew with. This is especially helpful when you are taking a class or attending a retreat. Having a donut full of colored bobbins is a great way to take applique threads “on the go” too.
I also have a little plastic bobbin box for some additional bobbin storage. The upside to this container is that the plastic lid keeps everything dust-free, but in my case, the lid has also come off with all of the bobbins then falling out…
This box stays in the closet. I literally haven’t used any of these threads in years, but I justify keeping them just in case I need one of these colors for a craft project someday…they are organized and don’t take up too much space, so I guess I’m okay to keep them.
I stock up on neutral Aurifil thread spools and keep them in a box in the closet too.
So…organize your threads and bobbins by using whatever storage system works best for you; keep what you love, and donate those things you know you won’t be using. Add anything you might think you need to your shopping list. And have fun!
I had originally thought about doing this post next week, but since I’m not covering embroidery threads or floss in any of the other posts, I decided to make this the Friday post. If you have other types of floss, threads or yarns, then this weekend is a good time to work on sorting and organizing those, too.
Thanks so much for stopping by–happy organizing and happy sewing!