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hockamama
« on: July 31, 2007 07:12:04 PM »

hey, y'all, I need some advice and figured this was the best place to get it.  my husband just bought me a babylock ellure.  for the last few years I have been cursing at using a brother I bought at walmart, and while I wanted a better machine, I'm really cheap and didn't want to spend lots of money.  however, this will probably be the last machine I ever buy, so I'm sure it will pay for itself after several decades awhile. 

being cheap, I buy most of my sewing supplies at walmart.  the lady at the quilt shop who sold us the machine told me not to use coats and clark thread, that it ravels when it comes through the machine.  now, I  don't want to use any thread that will damage my new baby, but I also don't want to buy thread that costs 4 times as much just because the quilt shop wants me to spend my money there.

I trust the opinions and information I get here, so please, lay them on me!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2007 01:01:10 PM »

im a cheapy like you and i hate spending money, but when it comes to thread, if i cheap out, i just end up getting frustrated. i only use guuterman now. its not too pricey, but its definitley worth it
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2007 11:25:42 AM »

I always use Coats and Clark and never have a problem (but I have a Viking).  I've also used Guttermans and a few other brands (metrosene? something like that) and I've noticed that all of them fray a bit coming through the machine.

Honestly, it does sound like the lady was feeding you a line.  I'd try it and if you have a lot of problems with the thread, then don't use it.  Also, most of the major sewing stores have 50% off sales on thread during regular holidays, so you can just pick up the more common colors (white, black, ivory, beige, navy and whatever else you use) to have them ready for when you need them.   
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2007 09:08:01 PM »

I buy the cheap stuff - my machine was marked down to less than $100, my thread is less than $1, and rarely do I buy fabric for more than $2/yd.

So far, all the bad stuff that's happened has been MY mistake, like not taking into account the edge of my "brocade" was fraying, and sewing too close to the edge, or not making a strong enough seam in a skirt for a 4 year old... or using the thread that's over 20 years old...
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007 01:40:05 AM »

I live in Sri Lanka, a third world country where the thread you buy is manufactured.  The stuff that's sold locally are usually the seconds - the rejects & castoffs that didn't make the inspection.  That's all I can get and that's all I use.

I still don't have problems with thread.

I would tend to not believe that lady either until/unless I'd run some of that thread through and saw for myself.
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007 10:18:38 AM »

I was told the same thing about Coats & Clark thread by two different sewing instructors with regards to my own new (to me) sewing machine (a refurbished Bernina).

I bought a "starter set" of Gutermann thread (26 assorted colors) on sale at JoAnn's for $20, and I stock up on basic colors of Gutermann (black, white, red, navy, etc) when it's on sale at JoAnn's.

If you wait for sales, you won't have to pay much more for thread than if you use "cheap" thread.
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« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2007 05:48:49 AM »

It all depends on your machine.

I have a White that's a few years old.  My mother has a White that's a few hundred years old (okay, slight exaggeration).  They both will sew exclusively Coats & Clark cotton-covered polyester thread.  I cannot stand polyester/rayon thread, and neither can my machine. 

Watch out, though!!!  My super-huge Jo-Ann, along with the nasty ghetto Jo-Ann close to me, have purged their regular display of happy Coats & Clark for new "improved" polyester-covered polyester.  What's wrong with this, folks?  They don't even sell my kind of thread any more.  Sure, they still have 100% cotton for quilting and hand-sewing, albeit in many fewer colors, but my White does not like polyester thread.  So I went to Wal Mart, which I detest, because they still have my happy thread. 

This is bad if you are sewing things to be dyed, because polyester will not take dye the same as cotton, if you are sewing something cotton.  I also think it is more prone to shredding. 

Anyone else come across this new thread at Jo-Ann?  It's in a flashy neon display case.
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« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2007 05:59:28 AM »

maybe im just lucky, but my $400 machine takes my $2 dollar thread (unless im embroidering, then its more expensive) and does a stellar job...

and i have a Brother machine, and i use Coats & Clark....and i sew ALOT...and i quilt...i even mock serge (which is really awesome)...the thread doesnt fray in my machine at all (it the home embroidery machine, with the thread cassette, and the Disney *shock* logo)

when i buy my embroidery thread, i buy either sulky or gutterman, but it varies by whats on sale...

i think that it will take alot of experimenting on your machine...like a previous poster said, her white doesnt like polyester thread, some machines will be finicky, just like their users....you wont break your machine by trying different thread in it...
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2007 06:29:36 AM »

I have a brother machine and use all types of threads. Most that I use though are over 10 years old, being my dad used to sew, he had boxes full of thread. I have used coats and clark thread, and no problem. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2007 08:33:55 PM »

I have two different Singers and I used to have a Kenmore; I have been sewing for well over *cough* years and have used all sorts of threads, including some from my GREAT grandma that is over 60 years old...no problems...for most of my projects, I use basic cheap thread on sale...I guess if I expected my clothes to last a lifetime (fashions change too fast for me to expect that!), I would use better quality stuff...uh, then again, probably not... Cheesy

oh--and I use the same old cheap stuff to make quilts that have been through the washer 100's of times...no problems...I agree with MissDisney--try it and adapt to your own machine
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