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Megan2106 | Posted in General Discussion on

First I just want to say hi to everyone, i’m new here and to the sewing world. 🙂

I’ve been interested in sewing for a while but never pursued it. Now that i’ve pretty much tried my hand at tons of crafts and hobbies i’ve come back to sewing, hoping that this will be a good match for me. Anyway. I have yet to buy a sewing machine, for the past week i’ve been researching different types and brands. So now that you know a bit about me, on to my question. I found a good deal on a large lot of thread spools and I was thinking about getting them but I don’t know too much about anything. Do I have to use a certain type or size for different machines or are they universal? The ones that i’m considering buying are small spools. Could I buy them not knowing what type of machine i’ll be getting? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! 🙂 


  1. Morag | | #1

    Welcome Megan

    in response to your question about thread spools.  They are generally standard and can be used on any machine.  However check them over and find out if they are good quality brand, how old they are (thread deteriorates over time) and also what type of thread they are i.e. polyester, cotton, a blend, rayon and so on.  Don't fall for the salesperson's "oh any thread is fine it's all thread..."  I learned the hard way it is not just thread.  Some is rough, has imperfections, breaks easily, snarles and tangles not worth ruining a good sewing day struggling with a bad thread.  And poor quality thread can be quite detrimental to a fine sewing machine leaving behind masses of fuzz and lint in the thread guages and the bobbin case.

    Happy sewing


  2. PASDENOM | | #2

    I totally agree with Morag. You get what you pay for and when you're putting sweat and tears into a project you deserve high quality materials that will contribute to a successful outcome and a long lasting result. For years I had to make repairs to things that split at the seams because I was being "thrifty" in buying thread. Cheap thread also breaks during sewing and contributes to the lint that clogs your machine and costs money to have cleaned out.

    Mettler and Gutermann are the brands I stick with now. They are worth the extra cost and all my old spools of cheaper stuff are strictly for basting.

  3. user-182649 | | #3

    Avoid Coats and Clark.  Good for hand sewing not  for machine.  It fuzzes too much, causing bobbin area to need constant cleaning.  I have found the German threads are the best.  They are also the most expensive; however, it you get the weekly Joann's coupon, you can afford them.  Also I stock up on any sales .  Just buy a few each time and in no time you will have a wonderful selection for a substantial savings.

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