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buying sewing thread

jk1066

buying sewing thread
« on: March 12, 2018, 16:24:26 PM »
Where do you suggest for buying sewing thread in the uk? I can buy  small reels in local shops but would like to buy larger spools online if possible. Any recommendations for good quality thread for domestic sewing machine at a good price ?
many thanks

Kad

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 16:39:03 PM »
I buy most of my sewing thread, both 100% cotton and ' polycore - polyester wrapped in cotton' from empressmill.co.uk.
I buy my core colours on a 7500 m cone which works out to be very economical. They also have bobbinfil, for machine embroidery and proper tacking thread.
Producing patchwork on the periphery of Preston

Acorn

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 16:40:00 PM »
I use Jaycotts and Barnyarns for machine embroidery threads. 

They are best I've found in terms of price, selection and speed of delivery for machine embroidery threads, although I'm not entirely sure whether they're also the best for sewing thread because I got a massive supply of decent quality reels with my sewing machine - they're probably going to outlast me! 
I might look as though I'm talking to you, but inside my head I'm sewing.

Ellabella

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 17:00:10 PM »
There was a thread recently that recommended Guttermans Mara as the industry equivalent of Sew All and the prices were excellent.

Sorry I'm on my tablet at the moment so can't do a link but it was only in the last week.
Desperately trying to alliterate in North Yorkshire

Efemera

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2018, 17:40:09 PM »
I bought a job lot of cones from a factory 30 years ago... I sold most and give lots away, I’m still using what’s left...I only wish I’d kept the woolly nylon to use with the coverstitch machine.

arrow

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 17:48:56 PM »
I can't do any search right now, but there is a recent post on Gütermann threads, and how to find the basic sew-all on cones. It's under a different name. It's not the lowest price, but the best polyester thread I have found. It's a least a good option.

Lowena

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 19:24:13 PM »
My machine doesn't like Guttermans :(
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Bobbinalong

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 09:41:29 AM »
 I think William Gee have the Gutterman on large cones that's been mentioned above. I was on their website last night and they appear to have loads of colours, if I remember rightly on 10,000 metre cones. Their carriage however is a flat £6.95 which I think is a bit pricey if you're only getting a few bits. I bought some calico for toiles that wasn't quite the bargain it first appeared to be once VAT and postage were added but it was still comparable to other places' initially higher prices per metre when it was all added up. I've never bought calico before but I'm determined to nail the fit on slim fit trousers and old sheets just aren't working very well.

StitchinTime

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 09:53:25 AM »
This is the link to the previous post about Gutermann Mara thread:
https://thesewingplace.org.uk/index.php/topic,3646.0.html

BrendaP

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 10:07:39 AM »
Guetermann Mara 100 is the same as their SewAll.  Mara 30 = Top Stitch and Mara 70 = Extra Strong.  Mara 120 and Mara 150 are finer than SewAll, better suited to overlocking or very fine fabrics.
http://www.williamgee.co.uk/product-category/sewing-threads/gutermann-sewing-threads/page/2/

Other good brands are Superior Threads, Madeira, Mettler, DMC and Presencia.

A lot of people say they use Coats Moon without problem, but it is thicker than Guetermann SewAll which a lot of us take as the 'standard' for ordinary sewing machine use, and also when you look closely at Moon it is hairy and that's not good.

@Lowena  when you say your machine doesn't like Guetermann, did you use SewAll polyester or Guetermann cotton 50?   If your machine is fine-tuned for cotton thread and then you switch to polyester (any brand) you might need to tweek the tenson settings.  Before the advent of stretchy fabrics and thus the need for the slightly stretchy polyester threads everyone used cotton (usually Coats Sylko) in their machines and they probably had fewer tension problems than we do now with the plethora of thread which is around.
Brenda.  My machines are: Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born 1940, Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949, Azilia a Singer 201K born 1957 and Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy about 20 years old. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitcher.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Morgan

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2018, 10:36:53 AM »


For sewing thread, overlocking thread, woolly nylon/polybulk https://www.novatrimmings.co.uk/product-category/sewing-thread/

Also some zips https://www.novatrimmings.co.uk/product-category/zips/


other stuff


Gernella

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2018, 11:38:58 AM »
I see they sell Superstitch threads, I've seen these before on another site but never seen anyone mention them as being a recommended thread.  Mind you the amount of thread I have now I think I'm fixed up for the next 10 years

jk1066

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2018, 14:13:33 PM »
Thank you for all the recommendations and places to look at for buying thread. I had a quick look and of course it's the postage costs that make all the difference. I shall try and put together a batch so I don't have to pay for postage. The other problem is matching colours. I found a guttman colour 299 that is exactly what I want but how to translate that into another brand. Is there any conversion methods for colours? so I can use another make.
At the moment I'm looking at the empress site but it's tricky with the colour options.

Lowena

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2018, 18:48:17 PM »
Cotton @BrendaP
Triumph of hope over experience :D

Efemera

Re: buying sewing thread
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2018, 19:24:14 PM »
It just confirms my suspicions....I’m a sewing slut.. I just use any old thing, never consider the brand or content. Nothing has ever fallen apart in the last 50years.