Old Spools of Thread Can Still Be Used!

I recently consolidated the contents of the old sewing boxes that belonged to my mom and grandmother with my sewing supplies. I found so many spools of old, but colorful threads. (I knew my mom did a lot of sewing, as she is the person who taught me how to sew!) I know I am not able to use these old threads on my new sewing machine, or my old one, but I see no reason why I can’t use these threads in other ways.

Remember these plastic sewing boxes? It was filled with lots of colorful, but old, threads. You can use these threads for many projects!
Remember these plastic sewing boxes? It was filled with lots of colorful, but old, threads. You can use these threads for many projects!

There were also some bobbins that had threads on them; some of them had not been wound correctly. (I must admit that the white thread on the bobbin was my own doing…one of my early ‘learning’ mistakes.) These threads can also be used for projects or hand basting. Many older threads are still strong and even if they can’t be used in today’s sewing machines, you can still use them to sew on a button or hand baste a project.

You can use old bobbin threads, or bobbins that didn't wind properly, for hand basting or other projects.
You can use old bobbin threads, or bobbins that didn’t wind properly, for hand basting or other projects.

There are so many colors so I have plenty of basting threads for many quilts or other sewing projects. I select contrasting threads when I hand baste my quilts. It is much easier to see the threads when it is time to remove them.

I used old blue thread, which contrasted with the fabric, to hand baste this quilt.
I used old blue thread, which contrasted with the fabric, to hand baste this quilt.

You can read all about this special wedding quilt HERE.

When I create a greeting card with ribbon I often ‘tie’ the ribbon to allow me to add a bow or other accents. (This method gives my cards a better appearance.) Since I have so many colors of these old threads to choose from, I can match them to the colors of my ribbons.

I matched the old threads to my ribbon to 'tie' the middle. This makes it look nicer when adding a bow or other accents.
I matched the old threads to my ribbon to ‘tie’ the middle. This makes it look nicer when adding a bow or other accents.

It was a bittersweet trip down memory lane as I sifted through these old sewing boxes. I remember watching my mom sew many things as I grew up and I loved the clothes she made for me. Putting these older threads to use is a good thing…..I knew I couldn’t just toss them out. Once I have used the threads, I will have some wonderful wooden spools to create another project.
I also found several ‘vintage’ needles and sewing items my grandmother had used. These items deserve their own story, so I will show you those in another post!

What else could you do with old threads?

I appreciate all of my followers and thank each of you for supporting me. I look forward to your comments!

I am sharing this post on Sew Many Ways linking party. Karen has so many wonderful things to share! Thanks Karen!

Enjoy your Creative Day! ~ Vickie

thank you card with ribbon, polka dots
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22 thoughts on “Old Spools of Thread Can Still Be Used!

  1. Enjoy your blog… you are very creative… enjoy all that vintage thread as you do crafts n quilting 🙂 I used to do papercrafts but just can’t get inspired anymore… but I can quilt 🙂 I pin baste usually as the strings got in my way when I thread basted! lol Found you on my blog and sew many ways link 🙂 Kathi

    1. Thank you Kathi. When I first started quilting I basted with safety pins. Now I hand baste with threads as I can roll my quilts easier and not worry about the pins opening. Good thing we all have choices of methods! 😃 Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment. Have a wonderful weekend! ~ Vickie

  2. Erin

    I’ve used old thread from my grandmother in my old Singer and new Bernina. I just check to make sure the thread doesn’t break first by tugging it with my hands. Give it a try – it might work great for piecing.

    1. Thanks Erin! I didn’t want to use these older threads as my new Brother machine manual said not to. If something happened, I didn’t want my warranty to be invalid. It just may be a marketing ploy. 😜Glad to hear you have used them in your new machine. I may try it, especially since the new threads are so expensive. I appreciate you visiting my blog and leaving a helpful comment. Enjoy your weekend! ~ Vickie

  3. I use the old spools of thread often as I work with a charity group making quilts, and we often get all sorts of stuff donated including threads. My Bernina 3 year old 440QE sometimes gets cranky. If that is the case, I simply use the thread in the bobbin. My old 801 Bernina uses anything you can throw at it.

  4. I am SO bad Vickie that I don’t waste anything, even thread. Now you know I’m not the crafty person but I’ll hem my pants or mend something and I don’t really care what the color is because it usually isn’t something that’s going to show anyway. Yep, got that from my Mom but I love your use of them so much more. You’re just so creative girl! I love this.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Adrienne,
      You may not see yourself as a crafty person but your expertise in the blogging world is exceptional! We all have our corners of the world and they are all important and helpful to others. I know I have learned a lot about blogging and all of its components from your articles!
      Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a comment. I hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Vickie

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