Update: Armscyes

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Pant Pattern Alert

Yes another pant pattern has caught my fancy.  I am a sucker for a new pant pattern anyway but, I think it with this I may be influenced with previous success with  StyleArc patterns. Also, I know I am a sucker for a neat pocket. This pattern comes with not only the pocket but an excellent video for assembling it!  More about that pocket in a later post. For now I’m starting prep…

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Thread Storage

Warning; Long post; lots of pics.

This was a long project. Took several weeks. Developed over several years.  Many years ago, well less than 13. I set up my serger thread storage by hanging standard thread racks on the wall.  I needed 2 large and 1 small rack. Those pins/spools were far too short to support the a thread cone, so I removed them. (Just wiggle a little. They break loose.) And after cutting new pins from small dowels, I glued 6″ pins in their place. This

worked pretty well. It was most satisfactory for about 9 years.  Then my ‘new’ pins started loosening and pulling out on their own.  Eventually, the cones were supported by each other instead of the pins and it wasn’t unusual for several cones to fall and roll around on the floor when I unwittingly removed the color needed for the current project which was supporting the bunch.

Well, new solution required. I started capturing pins on Pinterest. Eventually one stirred my imagination.  I discussed it with DH. We shopped locally and a few weeks later, in the city 110 miles away. Lots of things aren’t available in my rural area and even then not a lot of variety.  We ended up buying tools in the big city, DH got a nice new saw which the whole neighborhood loves (well all the men love).  Supplies were the same in both places so we bought supplies locally. Then DH set about sawing 3″ PVC pipe into 3″ lengths. I marked the lengths. Only took 2 or 3 pipes before his tennis elbow and hand issues flared. However neighbors are good. The same ones that happily borrowed the motorized reciprocating saw I bought, now suggested DH make use of their miter saw (the one mounted so you just pull down on a handle to cut). It’s true men love tools for their own sake. We could have bought a miter saw for the same price as the reciprocating saw.  My guess is DH knew what was in the other guys garage and was rounding out the neighborhood resources. Anyway, the miter saw was perfect for this job.  DH finished slicing all the pipes (think it was 68) in less time than the first 3. 

Then it was my turn. I got out my glue gun and started assembling

and assembling

and, you get the point. This is less than half

I put 300 PVC cubby holes in sections of 60.  DH then stacked and glued the sections on each other and anchored the whole kit and kidboddle to a wall.

I had one section that wouldn’t fit on the wall. I thought “Oh no. I am not going to have enough cubbies for all my serger cones.”  I decided to make do for now as we are already discussing improvements and possibly replacing this next year. To my surprise, I didn’t have enough thread cones to fill up the cubbies on the wall!  Well I did have an issue with several cones

that are just too big. They won’t stay in the cubbies because they don’t fit inside the 3″ pipe.  Then I realized I had specialty thread that I buy; some for embellishment but most for rolled hems.  These are tucked away and often forgotten in 2 drawers of a small plastic chest under the cutting table.

and there’s a few of them

It was a no brainer to pull these specialty cones out and put the big cones in (the chest).

Which coincidentally cleans up that end of the cutting table.

With all the specialty threads in the PVC cubbies, I still have some open cubbies!

I have a section of 30 we weren’t able to put on the wall.

This is in a small hallway, maybe 3-4′ long.  Hard to take pics, so I tried for a second from a different angle:

With all the cones in there, it really is neat. And the original corner?  I found a roll of cork. I pulled the old thread racks down and covered the holes with the cork. Then I started pinning my machine embroidery hoops onto the cork:

I think this project took us 2 months once I got excited about the original pin. The cost? Depends. Do you count the saw? The cost of the 220 mile trip (round trip)? The dozen sandwiches DH insisted on buying and bringing home from Arby’s? The glue I think I bought at a garage sale 4 years ago? The cork I needed to cover the old wall or just the PVC pipe and anchors?  But there’s another side to this too. Is the benefit limited to cubbies on the wall? Does the fun trip count?  Sharing a project with another, a very loved DH?  However it is calculated, I am happy to have my new thread storage (and my DH).


Possible Changes:

4-5″ PVC Pipe

Wall behind door: pull down cork, replace with cork boards.

Note:  Yes that’s a lot of serger thread.  In my defense, I’ve been serging for at least 25 years. It was a while before I figured out I didn’t need to buy 4 cones of every color to match the new project.During this time, I’ve added a cover stitch machine and a 2nd serger that I use exclusively for rolled hems. That’s 3 machines needing 10 cones for each project.