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thread types, quality, sources

adagiolane | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi folks,

I am new to this forum, so please forgive me if in my searching prior to this posting, I missed a similar posting.

As an emerging wearable artist, I just purchased my first serger (Viking 936 – YIPEE!), and am looking for wholesale suppliers of high quality thread as well as notions and beads.  I am seeking the following:

1. What are the manufacturers and types of serger thread that you would categorize as medium to high quality for different fabric types?  What have been your experiences with these?

2. Who are some major discount and wholesale suppliers or importers/distributors for thread cones, notions, and beads?  I can find fabric online, but keep running into retail notions suppliers not wholesale when I search on that.

Thanks very much!


  1. Crazy K | | #1

    I tried the 'bargain' brands when I got my first serger and found the thread totally unacceptable.  Since I have used Maxi-lock exclusively in my sergers and have had good luck.  The best pricing I have found is through Atlanta Thread & Supply Co.,  http://www.atlantathread.com   They sell the 3,000 yard spools for $2.50 and often have sales where they are $1.99.  Since I hate paying freight, I usually find all the colors I want and get orders from sewing buddies and we order a whole gob at once........thus paying shipping one time!  They have a full list of colors, too.

    Check out the website and if you wish, you can request a catalog.  Oops....I am assuming you life in the US......not sure about costs or shipping to other countries.

    Hope this answers some of your questions.


    1. adagiolane | | #2

      Thanks for the source, I'll check them out!


      1. Crazy K | | #3

        I don't know that they do wholesale but their prices are as reasonable as wholesale.  They carry a large supply of sewing tools, notions, thread, etc.  They have always given my excellent service and quick shipment.

        Good luck!


  2. MaryinColorado | | #4

    Congratulations on your new 936!  I have had mine for many years and love it!  It is an excellent choice for fiber artists as you can put YLI:Perle Crown Rayon, Glamour, and others in the loopers easily, just be sure to manually over ride the tension disk and possibly the stitch length too.  I also put yarn, rayon machine embroidery thread, 12 or 30 wt. Sulky cotton blendables are really cool in the loopers. 

    Oh, the fun things you can do with this serger are practically unlimited!!!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

    For general serging, I only use Maxi Lock serger thread, it's strong, not fuzzy, fine, and colorfast.  I also like Wooly Nylon and Wooly Nylon Extra and the metallic ones are great for three thread overlock crazy quilting with the wrong sides of the fabric together. 

    The 936 is quiet, no vibration problems, reliable, versatile, sturdy.  It does consistantly lovely stitching on silk, velvet, fleece, heirloom cottons, knits.  I hope you will be as satisfied with your serger as I am!  Mary

    1. adagiolane | | #5

      Thanks so much!  Is the metallic thread also by maxilock?  Who are some reasonable or wholesale suppliers you use?


      1. MaryinColorado | | #6

        I don't use wholesale suppliers, I have so much thread stash bought up over the past 11 years that I don't need large amounts.  Joanne.com has a sale on thier Sulky thread going on now.  If you go to http://www.sulkyofamerica.com, they have larger cones mentioned and you can get a list of thier vendors.  Sorry I couldn't help more.

        I use Wooly Nylon metallics and Sulky metallics.  On the sewing machine, you have to decrease the needle tension and decrease your speed.  On the serger, I just decrease the speed and sometimes put crosswound threads on a horizontal spoolpin. 

        Oh, Madeira thread is really nice too! 

        Edited 3/27/2008 4:02 pm by MaryinColorado

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