Does thread get too old to use?

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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby Karens Krafts » October 5th, 2008, 11:02 am

I've used lots of 'old' thread. The salespeople will tell you it gets weak, but I've never had a problem. Even the stuff on the wooden spools. Usually if I'm using old thread, it's because it's an odd color, and it saves me buying a spool. Works for me.
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby Hettielynn » October 5th, 2008, 12:56 pm

I've used old thread, too. I know there may be some thread police around that tell you not to, but try it. The things I've used it on hold up just as well as any other thread. Even new thread will break if you tug on it hard enough.
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby ShirleyC » October 5th, 2008, 1:18 pm

HettieLynn is right. I have a lot of thread on wooden spools from my mom's stash. Many are of rare colors. I just pull on the thread, and if it doesn't break, I use it. I love the wooden spools.
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby nonie » October 5th, 2008, 4:25 pm

I have used lots of old thead. Haven't had any problems. I don't like to use the thread on the wooden spools only because I think they look 'neat' and I will never find them again.
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby Smockette » October 5th, 2008, 6:44 pm

I have been told it gets "dry rot", whatever that could be! I was in a similar situation last year and took out every thread I own. I pulled the thread off the spool and gave it a tug, not a hard one. If it broke, I tossed it. If it didn't I kept it. I ended up tossing about half the thread I own. Guess I'm just fussy.

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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby Rettabug » October 5th, 2008, 8:24 pm

I don't know about the thread but DON'T THROW AWAY THE WOODEN SPOOLS....they are now cherished collectables!!!
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby jag » October 6th, 2008, 5:30 am

I have a large mason jar in my sewing room full of my grandmother's thread on wooden spools.I love the mix of colors.

I also have empty wooden spool threaded on my ceiling fan "pull cord".~janet g
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Re: Does thread get too old to use?

Postby SewingFeedsMySoul » October 12th, 2008, 1:24 pm

Scream Rett. I just tossed some away not long ago........kicking myself now.

I was told you can put them in the freezer and it will restore them??? is that true?
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