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Does Thread Expire or Go Bad?

thread in store display

As avid quilters and sewing enthusiasts here at Watergirl Quilt Co., we understand the importance of using high-quality materials to ensure the longevity and durability of our quilting projects. When it comes to thread, there may be concerns about whether it can expire or go bad over time. In this blog post, we will address this common question and provide some insights. Shop our small but mighty quilt shop online or in person in Prescott today!

close up of yellow thread

The Shelf Life of Thread

Unlike perishable items, thread does not typically have an expiration date. High-quality thread is made from materials that are designed to be durable and long-lasting. However, it's important to consider the storage conditions as improper storage can affect the quality of thread.

close up of thread in a needle

Signs of Thread Deterioration

While thread might not technically "expire," it can experience natural wear and tear over an extended period. Signs of thread deterioration include discoloration, breaking or fraying easily, and loss of elasticity. If you notice these signs, it may be time to replace the thread to ensure the quality of your projects.

thread in glass jars

Proper Thread Storage

To prolong the life of your thread, it is important to store it properly. Keep your thread in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. It is recommended to store thread in airtight containers to protect it from dust, moisture, and potential insect damage.

thread and sewing project on the floor

Monitor Your Thread Supply

It's a good idea to monitor your thread supply by periodically changing out your old thread and investing in new thread. Our quilt shop in Prescott offers a variety of thread and other sewing supplies online and in our store. Stock up today!


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