How to Tell if Older Thread is Still Good to Use

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Have you ever come across bags of thread at thrift shops, or been given some by a friend? Or, is there thread you bought that’s been sitting for awhile? Just because the thread looks good doesn’t mean it’s good to use.





Just like with fabric, humidity, dust, age and exposure to light can weaken thread. Since thread is critical to the longevity of everything you sew, it makes good sense to make sure it’s in tip top shape.

How to Tell if Older Thread is Still Good to Use

But how do you tell? Beth Galvin has written an informative article that tells you how to evaluate older thread. She also provides uses for weakened thread.

Click here for the “How to Tell If Your Thread Has Gone Bad” article.

Don’t throw old spools away! There are many creative ways to use them. Here are some clever wreaths made from various spool types. Even modern spools are attractive.

Wreath Made from Spools of Thread

Wreath found on Pinterest.

Wreath Made from Spools of Thread

Wreath found on Pinterest.

Wreath Made from Spools of Thread

Wreath found on Pinterest.

Old spools can also be used to make ornaments and more. You’ll find a lot of great ideas on Pinterest.

 

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