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Thread: Where does it all come from?

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    Where does it all come from?

    This is NOT a soap box for buy American! Just curious, where does everthing we use to quilt come from? I know some of our better brands of fabric start from cotton grown in US the shiped overseas to be spun woven and dyed then back here to us. I did find 5 company's here in the Us that make there own fabric. Our Sewing Machines come from all over the world, I have one from US, Switzerland, England and China, those are just my newer ones.LOL I have thread from Germany, India, Egypt, US, and found an old wooded spool that says made in Canada. Tools I'm still working on.

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    Some time ago I started looking at where some of my products were made. At the moment, the only two I really remember is my Aurifil thread is from Italy (with cotton imported from Egypt), two of my machines were made in Sweden, and my needles come from Germany. There were a few other products I had looked up but I don't remember now.
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    I would love to make a quilt from fabrics from all around the world. When i travel i look for fabric and often it is all the same, which is sad. I suppose it is hard to compete with big industrial producers, and they do provide consistency and low(ish) prices, which I like too, but i do wish there was more difference left.

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    I have no idea where all my quilting supplies come from, but I imagine most of it comes from other countries than America... especially where I buy most of my fabrics! lol....walmart.... It is interesting, to know that your cotton came from """ and was shipped to """" to be turned into fabric... pretty cool
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    A lot of quilting cotton comes from Korea and Pakistan. I believe Superior Threads products are manufactured in Japan.

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    I love the Japanese Clover brand tools!

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    I guess I've never realled looked to see.

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    I heard that Brother and Babylock were made in Taiwan.

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    I have an older Pfaff that was made in Germany.. And I think my Rowenta is from Germany as well ( i think) it was when they use to make them there the newer ones I believe are made in China now..

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    I have learned to check where my Guiterman thread comes from. The stuff from Mexico (as sold in our Walmart stores) is garbage. It frays, fuzzes and just does not do the job. The stuff from Germany is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    I have an older Pfaff that was made in Germany.. And I think my Rowenta is from Germany as well ( i think) it was when they use to make them there the newer ones I believe are made in China now..
    Pfaffs are made in Sweden now. Most of the notions we get are made in Japan and China. fabric made in India, Japan,Indonesia and China - shipped to America and then re-shipped from there to us.

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    my stuff (machines AND fabric ) is so old, oops I meant to say "vintage" - that it is probably all made in the US. Where were they making Kenmore machines in the 1960's?

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    My machine is from Sweden and the old Singer from America. Thread from Germany, sewing needles are mostly from England. I am not sure if any of the fabric mills are still in America but I have a ton of vintage fabric that is American. I have silks from China...this is truly an international hobby, huh?
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    Not much manufacturing of any kind is done here in the states anymore.....we have sold our soul.....now we depend on the rest of the world (a lot of what is called third-world countries) for our necessities as well as our desires.......it can be scary......but a lot of that has come from the demands of unions.....most companies move out of usa because labor costs here can be extreme and it effects the profit margin of the corporation........Now, I don't endorse child labor or pennies an hour salaries, but there must be a way to bring our pride back home........

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    I really agree with GeriB. My hometown has lost several production facilities over the years mostly because of the greed of unions. Some moved out of the country, some to other states and some just went out of business. So sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Some time ago I started looking at where some of my products were made. At the moment, the only two I really remember is my Aurifil thread is from Italy (with cotton imported from Egypt), two of my machines were made in Sweden, and my needles come from Germany. There were a few other products I had looked up but I don't remember now.
    Egyptian cotton isn't grown in Egypt. Egyptian is the name of a variety of cotton like Turkey Red is the name of a variety of winter wheat. The cotton was probably grown in Pakistan. That's why the massive floods there were so devastating to the cotton industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayCee View Post
    I really agree with GeriB. My hometown has lost several production facilities over the years mostly because of the greed of unions. Some moved out of the country, some to other states and some just went out of business. So sad.
    That would be corporate and shareholder greed not union greed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    That would be corporate and shareholder greed not union greed.
    ditto.I am sure that the unions want to get things again produced here in our own backyards.......wouldn't that be great?

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    PLEASE do not start with the politics and blame. I come here to escape that.

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    I LOVE an intelligent discussion considering the why and wherefores of problems. It is so refreshing to be able to discuss things with adults.

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    Already know that. Have no problem with the idea. My thoughts run to why should I pay a price for anything if the workers are being paid so little. A name brand don't make a product the best, but I find I am almost alone in that idea.
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