What brand of thread do you prefer to use? Please leave a comment!

A variety of thread colors are laying on their sides, stacked into a pyramid. Each thread is on a plastic spool in the form most commonly used by Gutermann sewing machine thread company.
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So far, on my list of 10 items every doll clothes sewing enthusiast should have, I’ve mentioned hand-stitching needles and a needle threader. But now, coming in at #3 on my list, I can’t go any further without mentioning the thread.

But what brand is best? There are so many!

When my girls started sewing, I bought them each one of these boxes of a variety of threads from Gutermann.

This set of threads from Gutermann provides someone who’s new to sewing with 26 colors of thread to choose from, in a box that keeps all their thread organized in one place.

Yes, it’s more expensive than buying just one or two spools of thread, but if you do decide to invest in a sewing machine later on, Gutermann is the thread company that keeps your sewing machine in good working order. These threads are designed to prevent lint from getting down inside your machine (and lint is known to clog gears and cause mechanical problems).

If you find that you don’t enjoy sewing after all, you can re-sell your used box of Gutermann thread for a reasonable price on eBay — which, by the way, isn’t a bad place to buy yours! But if you do buy your thread on eBay, make sure it’s 100% Polyester.

Cotton seems like the better choice environmentally, but it’s not. Cotton thread is primarily used for embroidery, so stick to polyester, which is less likely to get tangled up, when you’re sewing doll clothes.

Okay, everyone. Now it’s your turn. If you were buying thread for a first-timer’s sewing kit, what brand would you buy and why? Feel free to leave a comment below!

A display in the Home Grown Quilts store offers an array of beautifully colored threads for a variety of purposes, all from the Gutermann company.
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10 thoughts on “What brand of thread do you prefer to use? Please leave a comment!

  1. I also used to prefer Guterman. Lately I’ve been buying Sew-ology (made in France) and Sulky (made in Germany) threads. They can be a bit pricey, so I buy them when threads are on sale in JoAnn’s. Sulky has a rayon thread which is a dream to sew with – especially on sheer fabrics, like chiffon. Sometimes my projects require 100% cotton thread. For those, I prefer Connecting Threads (on Amazon). The range of colors for cotton thread is amazing. Some reviewers claim it twists and breaks in their machines, but I suspect they might be using the wrong size needle. I have had no problems with this thread in either machine or hand sewing. Thank you for these “tip” articles. I am loving them!

  2. I got started with Gutermann as a quilter. My favorite too. The biggest hint is this: don’t use Grandma’s old thread or those tiny spools that come in kits.. If you work hard on a project, you want it to stay together. Old and cheap thread will disintegrate and all that hard work will end up tossed. I’ve also found Coats and Clark to be a good brand. Just get new.

  3. I used to use Coats and Clark and have a lot of them. When I was costuming for an award winning high school theatre, I started using Maxi-Lock serger thread for everything. It held up with dancing. Never had a problem with the thread. I retired before the pandemic. I bought more Maxi-Lock to make over 3,000 masks. Now that Is what I use most of the time.

    1. Do you live in the US Cora? I live in Idaho (USA), and I’ve never heard of Maxi-Lock. I’ll have to look it up online. I don’t think it’s available at our little JoAnn Fabrics, here in Twin Falls, Idaho. I’ve never seen it in the store anyway.

      But hey, thanks for introducing me to a brand I wasn’t familiar with!

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