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Thread: Thread the good bad and ugly

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    Junior Member hlponyfarm's Avatar
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    When I took a sewing class at JoAnns the instructor told us NOT to buy cheap thread and told us the reasons why. She then went on to tell us that Coats was a good brand.

    Can you all discuss what brands you use and why and what brands to stay away from.
    I know why to use good thread but I do not know how to tell good thread from bad thread before I buy it.
    JoAnns has a sale on a whole cabinet of a 100 spools of Gutermann thread for 79.99 on there blackFriday deal.
    Is this a good thread?
    I just got a really nice Brother sewing machine and I hate toruin it with bad thread but I really need some thread for it.
    :roll:

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    Many on here really like that brand. Some machines can be picky, maybe buy an extra single spool too, so you can try it with your machine before opening up the cabinet :wink:

    I don't think the thread itself will "ruin" your machine, but it can cause stitching problems and lint build up :D:D:D

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    My machine does fine with Coats & Clark and just chokes on Gutermann. I tend to get lots of thread dust from all that I've tried except for Aurafil.

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    I spent $80.00 for an insider tour of your machine and thread was a short topic, but coats and clarks was NOT recommended. I do not like connecting threads, way to lintly for me. I prefer metter cotton silk finish or better yet Ariifil, search for deals on line. It is expensive but so thin it goes along way and very little lint.

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    Guterman and Janome generally do not do well. The thread is good but it is a bit springy and stiff. It seems the machine does not like it. I am a big fan of Aurafill and Mettler.

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    I like Guttermans. I don't like Coats and Clark. Personal preference. I don't think it's about ruining the machine, more about the project and how it flows together and stands up to wear and tear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Guterman and Janome generally do not do well. The thread is good but it is a bit springy and stiff. It seems the machine does not like it. I am a big fan of Aurafill and Mettler.
    Gutterman works great on my Janome, and I like the other two you mentioned as well.

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    I have a band new QS9000 and I use surger thread and it works great , but I use any thread that has a good price.
    I think that the pioneer women used one kind of thread and that was what they had available to them and there Quilts are still around to this day, they had no fancy named threads to worry with and so I figure if they could make due so can I .. :D

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    I have a brother and the Coats & Clark , Beta, as well as Mettler seem to run fine thru it..I've never tried the Guterman. I tend to see it higher priced... My brother machine does tight embroidery best with Polyester thread.

    If it is just redwork or loosely emberoidery rayon is ok.. but not if I am doing a tight embroidery piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Guterman and Janome generally do not do well. The thread is good but it is a bit springy and stiff. It seems the machine does not like it. I am a big fan of Aurafill and Mettler.
    Gutterman works great on my Janome, and I like the other two you mentioned as well.
    I used gutterman on my Janome also. On my older machine (MC3500) the connecting threads thread broke a lot. Not so much o the new machine so far.

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    Go to Superior Threads web site, http://www.superiorthreads.com/
    and choose the tab that says "education". They have a lot of information on what types of thread to use and even a chart that tells you what thread to use with what needle, etc. The information is useful whatever brand you use.

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    Coats and Clark is way too linty for my machines. After reading several thread discussions on here, I decided to try Connecting Threads. I bought 2 small spools and it's less linty and so far my machines like it :)

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    Aurifil, if I want cotton for piecing; seams lie very flat.
    Mostly Bottom Line, a very very thin poly thread meant for the bobbin.
    I use it for everything
    My Jems will only take it in bobbins; my Bernina1030 takes it top and bobbin.

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    i would not pay $70 for 100 spools of thread until I tested it with One spool

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    I think it's more about your machine. My Singer is fine with coats but my pfaff works best with gutterman. I keep some of all of it:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by retired2pa
    Coats and Clark is way too linty for my machines. After reading several thread discussions on here, I decided to try Connecting Threads. I bought 2 small spools and it's less linty and so far my machines like it :)
    yep, the C&C tends to shred and snap on my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Guterman and Janome generally do not do well. The thread is good but it is a bit springy and stiff. It seems the machine does not like it. I am a big fan of Aurafill and Mettler.
    Gutterman works great on my Janome, and I like the other two you mentioned as well.
    Guterman works great on my Janome as well.

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    I've used C&C all the years I've been sewing, and never ever had any problems of any kind. I do buy Mettler also, mainly because I like the smaller spools, I can store more. Never had problems with it either. I've also used serger thread when I needed too, no problems with that either. I've used all these on a FW, a Kenmore, and now 2 Janomes.

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    My Pfaff 7570 will take anything I throw at it with no problems. I mostly use Maxilock serger thread for piecing and quilting now. I know some people have said it won't hold up over the years, but I'm not trying to make heirloom quilts.

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    I really like Aurifil thread the best. Get a spool for $10 and it lasts! Otherwise I like the Gutterman thread. Coats and Clark seemed to lint up a lot on my machine.

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    Some of my vintage machines only like Coats and Clarks, but the Janome likes the Gutterman. For me, it comes down to what works well with the machines.

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    I use thread from Connecting Threads and love it. My Juki works well with it.

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    I don't spend much time worrying about brands of thread. If it is strong, (pull it to see if it will break easily, if so pitch it.)and the color I want and a weight that is suitable and my machine doesn't act up, I will use it and be happy!

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    i tend to use C&C - just habit. I can get away w/ just a natural, black, and tan color to take care of most things. Natural is what i use the most.

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    I use what I have on hand and have had good luck. But I do have a tendency to go to the Connecting Threads thread I have bought and love it!

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