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Organizing your Thread

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Organizing your Thread

When running a small business it's very important to keep all your supplies organized. There is nothing worse than getting a big order and not being able to make it because you lost track of a key ingredient. I used to have a lot of trouble keeping track of the colors of thread that I own. Back then, I kept my spools of thread and bobbins separated: spools on racks and bobbins in boxes. But one day I visited a local seamstress/alteration shop in the town where I live.

What? You may think, why does a person who knows how to sew go to a seamstress? Well, my husband bought this new suit for his job. It was more on the expensive side and needed to have the sleeves and pants altered. Not in a million years did I want to touch that! I have heard many a story of failed marriages because a wife messed up her husband's good suit (trying to clean it or fix it up). Just imagine the nightmare of having to tell him that his new dresscoat might fit Junior pretty soon because you took off an inch too many...

So, that's how I ended up at Mary's Alteration shop. When I stepped into the basement of the house where good old Mary has her workshop, I was stunned looking at the walls. They were covered with racks and racks of thread. Each color was matched neatly to a bobbin of the same color sitting underneath the spool. There they hung out together row after row, organized by color, standing at attention like little soldiers - ready for service.

The next day I ran out and bought some spool-racks. Since then, I have been adding more and more colors...It gets a little pricey when you have to buy so many Bernina bobbins, but I think my collection is almost complete at about 100 colors. I only wish I had more wall-space.

Hope this post inspires you to get your supplies organized!



Blogger Sound Schooling said...

I'm a bit of a neat freak myself :)
I bought a sewing machine this year but haven't set it up as yet as I don't have the space, but really can't wait till I start using it and buying threads and other pretty items.

August 12, 2011 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Sound Schooling said...

"They were covered with racks and racks of thread. Each color was matched neatly to a bobbin of the same color sitting underneath the spool."
I will implement this once I get started. I want to start my own business, no matter how small.

In regards to lack of space, have you considered attaching the racks onto all sides of room dividers (if you have space for it)? This is often used in classroom settings and it may work for you too.

August 12, 2011 at 7:17 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Wow, Ulla, I'm impressed! What a neat system, I love that the bobbins are already loaded and matched up. You should see my thread drawer.... shameful.

August 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Rachel/ OAST Waldorf dolls said...

I love this system. I need this system. Mine is spools in one cigar box, bobbins in a mug and what doesn't fit... well... who knows where they are. Under all the fabric that doesn't fit on my shelves I suppose!

August 12, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger germandolls said...

@Sound Schooling: I wish I had space for room deviders. My sewing area is just an itsybitsy corner in the entrance way of our home. You can see more pictures if you search for the GermanDolls studio tour on the blog! Hope you get to sew soon. It's so much fun!

August 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

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