Custom Thread Racks 2

My favorite thread company is Superior Threads.  They carry a wide variety of thread contents, colors and spool sizes.  Occasionally they have a sale and that’s when I like to purchase for my “collection”. Recently they had a sale on their “Try Me Specials”.  These are thread options that you select the thread content, but have no selection of the color.  Because the price was so good, I decided to purchase some spools of thread that I had been wanting to try.  I also purchased several spools of Masterpiece thread. This is my favorite thread to use for piecing and quilting.  It is a 50wt thread and does not add much bulk to seams or on the surface of the quilt.  I thought that if I received a color I already had  in my collection, that would be fine because I knew I would be using it.  But, if I received a new color, that would add to more options for quilting.

I order five spools each of Masterpiece, King Tut, Bottom Line and Metallics.   When they arrived the colors were beautiful.  But, when I brought them up to my sewing room, I realized that my thread racks were full.

So, I needed to figure out a way to store them.  I thought about making a pegboard thread rack (like I have done before), but wanted more flexibility in the location for mounting them.  So, I looked around at Home Depot for other options that I could try.  I really like these because I can mount them in any configuration and more easily sort my thread options rather than having them all on one large rack.

Supplies Needed:

  • 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 8 ft White PVC Trim. Purchased at Home Depot for about $6.  Unfortunately I could not buy this in a short piece, so I have some left over for other projects, or more thread racks.
  • 1/4″ x 12″ Plexiglass Rods, opaque white. Purchased from Amazon for $10.
  • E6000 Industrial Strength Adhesive – already had available. Can be purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Use a 40% off coupon and its only $3.
  • Total spent was $16 for four thread racks.

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1. Cut PVC trim to length desired.  I used 12″ to fit the space I would be mounting them. The trim cuts really easily with a circular saw.

2. Cut the rods to 2″ pieces. The easiest way to cut the rods is to score them with a hand saw and then snap the pieces apart. Use fine sand paper to smooth the edges of one end of each rod.
3. Mark the locations for the rods, making sure that they are space far enough apart to fit the thread spools.  My spools are spaced 2″ apart. Using a 1/4″ drill bit, drill holes about to about half the depth of the trim board.
IMG_30794. Fill each hole part way with E6000 adhesive.  Place one plexiglass rod piece into each hole.  They will be snug and may require a small tap with a hammer to fully seat them.
6. Allow to dry.  I mounted mine to the wall with velcro strips.

I now have space for 48 more spools of thread.

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