Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thread Nanny

    I have talked about messy balls of thread before. I don't like it just laying loose and you know it is going to cause knots as I am using it. I tried 3D printing spools to rewind the thread onto to try to keep it neater. It takes quite a while to print one, a couple of hours at least, and depending on the plastic, they may or may not work out. I really need a lot of them. That is going to take forever to print the spool, then rewind the ball, even with the little winder I printed to do it.
    I was at the last Palmetto Tatters meeting and someone (Maybe Goldie? Does she spell that with "ie" or "y"?) said something about the mesh you put on spools of embroidery thread. I ordered some from Amazon (of course) and just got it last evening. Here you can see that I have a rather messy ball of thread. I unwound a bit of it and rewound it just to make it neat. Then I cut a length of the mesh and slipped it on the ball.It is holding so far. I will have to see how it does over time, but it looks promising.



    You may notice a number inside the core. I use a Sharpie and write the thread number and size in there because you know the pog with that information is going to fall off and get lost, and I will not throw away a mostly used ball of thread. (Pog is what the old milk bottle caps were called, I think.)

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  1. I have gathered netting from other items and love this method but didn't know how to order it, thanks I am going there next 🐒

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  2. I love those little nets! I bought some on Amazon as well. I find the netting much easier to deal with than the plastic bags.

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  3. Smart idea - especially about writing the color # inside! Do you put the size as well?

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  4. Looks very neat. I usually put the pog inside the core when it comes loose and squash it against the side so that it stays there.

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    1. I do too, but sometimes I lose it anyway.

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  5. I don't cut the mesh so short but leave it over the ball on both ends. I especially like it with small size 80 balls and have heard that the mesh our garlic comes in works too.

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  6. Ooh, a tip I hadn't heard of!!Excellent!! However, please tell me Tim... how do your paws cope with the shuttle and hook and scissors?? VBG (please don't 'ban' me like Jane usually does....)Rofl

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    1. I finally figured out you mean the photo of Sandy. I use that because she has a prettier face. I am on the Tat Days page, though.

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  7. Never thought about using Sharpie and write info on the inside the thread color and number. I would probably put the size and LB so i don't mistake it for other brands in my drawer.

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