Thread Storage Ideas

Thread Storage Ideas will give you some tips about how to keep your thread well organized in your sewing room.

Once you start sewing, soon you will have a few thread spools everywhere in the sewing room, whether they are for sewing, quilting or embroidery, but how to keep them well organized when you need to use them on your sewing projects.

Thread Storage Ideas

How To Organize Your Thread

The first thing is to organize your thread by the different types of thread:

As a sewer and quilter, as you keep working on different projects, you’ll be getting the right type of thread you need for each project you make, whether is the type of thread or whether is the exact color you need to sew a new project.

Soon, you will have a few different spools, sorting them out and keep them organized, will help you find the right spool for your next project right away!

  • Hand sewing thread
  • Sewing machine thread
  • Overlock thread
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Quilting thread

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Thread Storage Ideas

Thread Stand

Having a thread stand in your sewing room is a good idea when you have many different thread spools already.

You might have been working on different projects that each one requires a different color or type of thread, before you notice, you might have some thread spools everywhere.

You can find different sizes of thread stands to buy to get all your thread well organized and it will help you to know exactly what type of thread and what color you will be sewing with on your next project.

Most of these thread stands can be placed on your work table or on the counter of your sewing room, but there are also some that can be hung on the wall and this it won’t take any room on your work table, they will be easy to get and you can place the spool back on it as soon as you finish sewing with it.

Cons Of Thread Stands

There are many good reasons to get one thread stand to get all your spools well organized in your sewing room, but when you have many spools on the stand, there is a probability that many of the spools you have there won’t be used for a long time.

You need to keep in mind that sunlight might damage the color and the fibers in the thread, when you storage a spool for a long time when it’s exposed to sunlight it might be damaged.

Storage Your Thread Spools In A Drawer

If you have a sewing table that comes with drawers, a good idea is to keep one drawer to store your thread spools in there, you can keep them well organized by placing them in order or with some plastic boxes, it will be easy to find the thread you need for your next project.

When you keep all your thread spools in a drawer, they will be protected from daylight and you can be sure any spool will be kept on it’s best and you can be sure the thread color will be always the same.

Thread Storage Ideas

Why To Buy Good Quality Sewing Thread?

When you think about thread prices nowadays, you might not be happy to see some thread prices can be high and it can be hard to get all the thread you want to have in your sewing room to work on different projects.

But sometimes it is worth to pay thread prices as you are also paying for its quality, there is a big difference when you sew a project with good quality thread and when you’re sewing with any spool you might find anywhere.

Good quality thread is made by good manufactures and they will warranty it’s quality at the time of sewing on a new project and because their thread can be stored for some time without losing its quality.

Always go with a well-known brand of thread when you’re working on your projects, whether you’re working on a sewing, quilting or embroidery project.

What Thread Is Best To Keep In A Thread Stand?

As you work on your sewing projects, you will get to know what spools you use more, those are the spools you can keep in the thread stand, easy to get and easy to find the spool you need on the next step of your project.

Any spool you buy for a particular project and you will be using it very seldom, it should be storaged in a box in a drawer, so it stays protected from daylight.

How To Know If A Thread Is Good To Be Used On A Project?

As a sewer, I often get some extra spools from my friends, and I’m sure that this might have happened to you too.

As a rule, I always accept the thread my friends or a family member gives me, but at home I test it before I use it on any some spools have been storaged for years and its quality might not be good anymore. Some will be good to be used on small projects or some projects that are be used just once or twice.

Some old thread spools are pretty to be storage in a jar and put somewhere in your sewing room as decoration.

Thread Storage Ideas, Closing Thoughts

As a sewer and quilter, I like to have enough thread spools to work on different projects, as you can find me working on one project today and on a different project tomorrow, and I can say this might happen to many sewers around the world, we all love to work on one or two different projects at the same time.

When you have been sewing for some time, I’m sure to say you might have a good collection of different thread spools, whether they are for sewing, quilting or to do some embroidery.

Trying to find the right color or the right thread for your next project, can be a challenge in a busy sewing room, but when you keep all the spools well organized, you can find any spool in just a few seconds!

We hope, you find these tips to keep your thread well organized in your sewing room helpful, as keeping everything in its place will help you to save a lot of time and you can find the right thread to keep working on your project right away!

If you have another tip to help other sewers to keep their thread well organized, leave it on a comment, we love to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!

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Thread Storage Ideas

7 thoughts on “Thread Storage Ideas”

  1. Thanks so much for this post. I learned a lot about threads. I sometimes use this hand sewing thread for small tasks. But I learned a lot about them from this post. I think this post will be more important to our mom than me. Because he sews a lot of the time. I’ll show her this too. Thank you so much for this info.

  2. Hi Alex. Thank you for another interesting article. Couldn’t agree more that threads may be absolutely everywhere in house, its just impossible to control it especially that there is always good reason to buy more. Thread stand seems as very good idea, which will allow me to control my threads at least a bit and not looking around every time Im starting new project. Looking forward to test it in practice.

  3. Hello Alex, 

    Brilliant tips on thread storage. As someone who is closest to my Tailor sister. I’ve seen thread twist so badly that the tailor can no longer use it for even stitching. As a result, the significance of proper storage cannot be overstated. Your post carefully addressed how threads should be stored, however out of all the storage alternatives you provided, I can propose a thread storage stand to my sister. Because the stand will assist someone in sorting them into their proper area according to sizes and colors, even if there are a large number of them. This will also help to organize and neaten up the sewing room. As I continue to visit your blog, I anticipate more upbuilding posts.

  4. Hello Alex B!

    I am not much on sewing, not saying I can’t or don’t, it is just not a hobby. I have materials and do it when I need to. 

    This article has given me some great ideas though. My hobby is prepping for survival. I do and have made several comments about sewing as a survival skill. Storing items to make it possible to sew if you are in a survival situation is a very good idea! 

    In relevance to this post, I am looking for ways to store cordage. I have a lot of it and if it just gets thrown in a tote or in the bottom of a bug-out bag it inevitably ends up a tangled mess. I really like the idea of spools. I am in the industrial construction industry and I am going to be looking for the right used spools for electrical wire to suit my needs.

    Thanks for the great idea in storing what I guess could be a very large thread.


    • Hi Groomy Dude, thanks so much for reading our blog and I think you are right when you share your thoughts about having a sewing kit as part of a survival skill, you never know when a needle, some pins and some thread will be handy. 

  5. Use threads that are too old to use in a project as decoration. What a splendid idea! This wouldn’t have ever occurred to me. I once had a roll of thread so old it kept snapping as I tried to use it, It was then that I learned threads lose quality over time, could sure have used this article before getting frustrated with what I thought must be a tension problem. This knowledge will help a lot of people who are sewing, especially those who use stands without a second thought because they look good.

  6. That’s a great point that you bring up about storing thread where the color may become faded from too much sun exposure over a long period of time. I hadn’t thought about that before. To protect them, I think I could just move my thread stand into my closet or into a drawer like you mentioned. My boyfriend just ripped his shirt while we were hiking yesterday so when he pulls out the thread and needle I’ll tell him how we can store our different color threads now. Thanks!

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