Keeping track of our sewing notions is a very serious business. Sewing tools, needles and threads! The Grabbit Spooler Spindles are a great alternative to storing and keeping threads tidy.
My room – my thread
Recently I introduced my sewing space to my boyfriend. This is a big deal. Sorta like introducing him to family. His knowledge of sewing is about the same as any other grown man. He knows what a sewing machine is, he understands my machine embroiders by itself and he has a few vintage quilts from his grandmother and great grandmother. However my sewing space is a bit different from the average studio. Not only do I have my machines, fabric and thread – I also have video equipment and lights. It can be a bit intimidating to the average person.
He seemed good with everything except when he actually looked around he appeared shocked at how MUCH thread I had. In fact it was rather comical. He said, “Wow, now that’s a LOT of thread”. Emphasis on LOT!! I even explained to him that keeping thread on the wall, as I do, isn’t the best for the thread. Thread gets dusty, sunlight breaks it down which weakens it and the threads hang so the cat wants to play with. However it’s just so pretty how they’re displayed – therefore I keep them up and run the risk.
Now you might be wondering:
If thread hanging on the wall is a risky thing to do, why do we do it? and
Is there a better way to store thread?
There are lots of ways to store your thread. For years and years, I stored my thread in boxes. The sort of boxes Matchbox cars are stored in. They were cheap and easy to find. They held about 15-20 on each side and the lid shut and locked tight, but not too tight. They did break down over time and stacking for my new current sewing space wasn’t the best use of storage.
A fan of mine recently asked where to get those boxes and so I searched and searched for her. Finally found one! Price was nearly double of what I paid 10+ years ago but they are easy to get from Amazon. In fact they no longer have a picture of the Matchbox cars, they actually show thread storage.
Now what about the bobbin? If the thread goes in the case then where does the matching bobbin go?
Consider the Grabbit Spooler Spindles. The thread goes on the spindle and the bobbin hangs out at the top. Let’s talk about them now.
Who makes the Grabbit Spooler Spindles?
Euro notions, a leading sewing notion distributor sells the Grabbit Spooler Spindles. Euro notions is most known for their distribution of Schmetz needles.
How do you use?
First I should say that the Grabbit Spooler Spindles do not work for all threads and bobbins. They are designed to fit “most”, so be sure to watch the video and see if the brands of threads you most often use are listed.
Watch the video
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Where do you get?
Ask your local shop – it’s a wonderful thing when we can keep business in our local community!!
If not you can buy them here.
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