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From: JustSewCrafty
Date: 02-07-2007, 02:26 PM (1 of 19)
Not embroidery thread or anything, just regular sewing thread?

I was @ Hancocks buying thread a few months back and I strike up a conversation with this lady about thread. She tells me that she uses Mettler sewing thread, and it knocks the socks off of Coats & Clarks thread. I've seen that brand before, next to the Sulki and Madiera but really, I've always been a coats & Clark kind of girl. No complaints...
So...I take her word for it and buy a spool, and you know it's quite a bit more expensive than C&C. So...I whipped it out for the red, white, and you block swap...and I can't tell a bit of difference. LOL
IS it just me? What kind of thread do you use? I'm pretty content with my C&C, but I'm just curious.
May your bobbin always be full-
"Sewing is the new black"
User: JustSewCrafty
Member since: 10-04-2006
Total posts: 168
From: temom
Date: 02-07-2007, 04:55 PM (2 of 19)
When I first bought my machine, I bought the more expensive thread because I was told it was by far better. Now a whole year later (ya, I know, I'm a newbie), I buy the coats & clark. For decorative stitching, I buy the C & C embroidery or rayon thread. I'm very happy with it, and see no reason to spend my $$ on the more expensive stuff.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: EmaCon
Date: 02-08-2007, 03:15 AM (3 of 19)
I don't think the difference is in the sewn garment but in the machine. I was told, when I was looking for a new machine, that cheaper thread puts out more fibres when you sew and these clog up the bobbin area which then requires more frequent cleaning and can make some machines run poorly.
User: EmaCon
Member since: 07-28-2006
Total posts: 67
From: AndreaSews
Date: 02-08-2007, 05:20 PM (4 of 19)
I saw an article once about this, and it may have even circulated on SWN. (Threads magazine?) They showed magnified pictures of the threads and you could see that there were some that would be stronger based on the way that they were made. C&C and the no-name $1-bin spools ranked the lowest, and mettler and gutterman ranked higher. But it all depends on the purpose of your project. For items that would take a lot of wear&tear or for a quilt that you hope will last through lifetimes, you might need the durability.
..ok, I tried and couldn't find it, but I did find another article that looks helpful. :)
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-08-2007, 05:55 PM (5 of 19)
I know my Janome Memorycraft 4000 Sewing Machine absolutely HATES C & C threads.. I had to box all of them up and place them with my old antique Kenmore that lives at DIL's house.. I kept duplicates for my Featherweight 221 'cause it loves any kind of thread.. My Janome loves the inexpensive spools of polyester thread .. Go figure..... For nice garments and gifts I buy the Mettler or Gutterman..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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From: LoveSewin
Date: 02-08-2007, 08:56 PM (6 of 19)
I heard the same thing about the fibres clogging up your machine when I bought my 'new' machine 10 yrs ago! I always buy Gutterman. It's not that expensive if you wait for the sales. Never breaks on me either, unlike the C&C.
User: LoveSewin
Member since: 01-31-2006
Total posts: 103
From: dmoses
Date: 02-08-2007, 09:53 PM (7 of 19)
I usually buy C&C or Gutterman...usually when they are on sale. I bought some Mettler thread one time in Hancock's and found it was a much better quality...just a little too much for me to buy on a regular basis.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: Jeke
Date: 02-08-2007, 10:54 PM (8 of 19)
Here is an interesting article on thread.

User: Jeke
Member since: 11-10-2004
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-08-2007, 11:53 PM (9 of 19)
With all the recent complaints about Gutterman I bought a couple spools of Coats and Clark to do a wide satin stitch around some place mats I'm going to make. Usually I use Gutterman but I'll see how it goes.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: PaulineG
Date: 02-09-2007, 01:27 AM (10 of 19)
It's quite odd to read some of this - in OZ Guterman is definitely a better thread than Coats or Mettler.

I bought some of both at one stage, used them once and tossed them. I can't remember which was which but one of them shed like crazy (I think Coats) and the other just broke a lot.

In the cheaper varieties I use Birch (depending on what I'm making and how much I need) or Guterman as my preferred brand - mostly for the better selection.
User: PaulineG
Member since: 09-08-2006
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-09-2007, 01:34 AM (11 of 19)
I've used Gutterman for years and never had a problem. But now I have a back up if I need it.
User: DorothyL
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From: Sancin
Date: 02-09-2007, 04:53 AM (12 of 19)
I posted my thread use in the Gutterman discussion. :nervous:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
User: Sancin
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From: weezyrider
Date: 02-09-2007, 09:32 AM (13 of 19)
I prefer Mettler but both Mettler and Gutermann don't always have the colors I want, so I have to use C & C.
The one thing I have noticed about Gutermann, is that the yellowish color of the spools detracts from the thread color, making it look dingy.
BTW - I ran into a Gutermann 2-part spool. I gave the empty spool to one of our ferrets to chase, and he promptly pulled it apart. Both halves were too big for him to do anything with, but I have never seen a 2-part spool before.

User: weezyrider
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From: paroper
Date: 02-09-2007, 09:56 AM (14 of 19)
Don't faint! I use Maxi Lock for almost all my sewing. All the serger dealers that I've had like Maxi Lock for sergers. They usually recommend G or Mettler for sewing. However, I figure that as much pull as a serger puts on thread, if Maxi Lock works for that, there shouldn't be a problem and I've never had one. When there is a color difference, I usually turn to Mettler or Gutterman.

OOOOOOKKKKK....I'll be waiting for the harsh opinions.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
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From: DorothyL
Date: 02-09-2007, 10:07 AM (15 of 19)
Since you're the queen around here I doubt anyone is going to have a harsh opinion about anything you say -- NO -- that is not meant to be sarcasm.

I really did notice the difference in size of regular Gutermann sewing thread and Maxi-Lock for the serger when I did some decorative chain stitch with the serger. The regular thread was much larger and the chain shows up much better.
And, considering the colors and background, had they been the same size thread, the ones that are done with Maxi-Lock should show up better.

But, if you have been using the Maxi-Lock for years and stuff isn't falling apart I would guess it is strong enough.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: paroper
Date: 02-09-2007, 10:10 AM (16 of 19)
I "still" match the thread to match the inside of the garment...even the serged thread. It is just so much easier to pull out 4 or 5 spools of Maxi Lock and do the project and use it. Besides, they are so large, you can't loose the spool of thread.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
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From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 02-09-2007, 10:36 AM (17 of 19)
It's nice to find out so much information about thread. When I shop for thread, I just find the cheapest. Never thought about it being different types lol. I'm so clueless to the sewing world :bluesad:
User: Addicted2Sewing
Member since: 02-01-2007
Total posts: 133
From: mommydionne
Date: 02-09-2007, 03:05 PM (18 of 19)
I use Guterman, I don't pay attention to the spool colour 'cause I always unroll a piece and lay it on my cloth, I wait for sales and stock up as well, Mettler is nice but I don't always want the sheen it provides, if I have a real colour pinch for topstitching or something occasionally I'll grab one of my embroidery threads and use that (isacord):re:
User: mommydionne
Member since: 01-08-2004
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 02-11-2007, 04:38 PM (19 of 19)
I have used Maxi Lock for regular sewing also.. I must admit if the Expert (Pam) had not said that first, you would never have heard that from me.. LOL ..It is not the same thickness as regular thread, but it served my purpose very well.. I don't put much stress on my seams anyway.. I have never had any Maxi Lock thread to break on me for any reason.. C & C just starts shredding for no reason and that is why I quit using it altogether..
Sew With Love
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