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In Your Sewing Machines, can you sew with serger thread for all kinds of projects?
or do should one use the Gutterman, Aurafill, C&C, etc......
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Date: 1/7/12 12:38 PM

I just found a great deal on serger thread, and was wondering if it would be ok to use on regular sewing, etc garments, etc in the sewing machine. What are you alls experiences & thoughts on this.

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Date: 1/7/12 1:20 PM

Nope.

You can...but you shouldn't. Serger thread is a lot thinner than regular sewing thread, as a lot more thread is used in serger stitches than in sewing stitches.

Wardrobe Malfunction is a lot more likely to happen if serger thread is used for sewing.

Also; those "great deals" on serger threads usually mean totally inferior garbage thread. DON'T cheap out on threads! Fabrics, sewing machines, irons, patterns...they're not cheap. Why risk ruining everything for saving a buck or two on garbage thread?

Them's my thoughts.

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Date: 1/7/12 1:33 PM

I disagree with Lynn, I have used quality serger thread bought from Atlantic Threads, at a great deal (Lynn told me about them) for sewing kids clothes.

Now I do not expect kids clothes to last for more than a season as they outgrow them and I am not concerned about long term wear.

But I tend to use my serger for kids clothes so I have not used the serger thread for sewing too often.

I tossed all the cheap serger thread I had bought at the local chain fabric store. It was breaking, linty and not worth keeping.

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Date: 1/7/12 1:34 PM

You can use it with a serger, or for basting layers of fabric together for stitching with sewing thread.

You may see pictures of someone using what looks like a cone of serger thread on a sewing machine, but hopefully they are using a cone of sewing thread.

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Date: 1/7/12 1:38 PM

So basically what everyone is saying......ok for serger, no for sewing machine......hmmm oh well, passing that one up!! Thanks!

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Date: 1/8/12 0:48 AM

Most serger thread is 27 tex and regular Gutterman sewing thread is 30 tex. (the poly sew all and 100% cotton)Those mini cones of Gutterman are also 27 tex. So serger thread is thinner but not that much. If you're sewing lightweight fabrics, you can get away with serger thread. I also like to use it in the bobbin of my embroidery machine.

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Date: 1/8/12 0:59 AM

like most things i think the answer is -- depends.

there are nice serger threads that work great for some things in a sewing machine.

some even say for sewing on the package, now.

but, not the super cheap ones - they also get very linty- or pilly.

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Date: 1/8/12 7:54 AM

Well the reason I asked this question is because Silhouette Patterns is having a 20percent off sale thru Tuesday. Peggy has serger rolls with 12,000 yds instead of 3000 yds cones in black & white. You have to purchase 4 of either color or 8 (4 of each). I was think great I can use this possibly in my sewing machine and save lots of $$$$. At this point I will pass on it. I appreciate knowing the weights of the threads as I didn't know that. Maybe one of you can take advantage of this sale. All notions are 20percent off with code "Notions"

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Date: 1/8/12 8:50 AM

Serger thread (I have been told) is made with a shorter staple, if there is such a thing, of polyester. Even the Maxi-Lock looks like it goes from thin-to-thick while I'm serging.

The only serger thread I would ever use, and have, is the Mettler brand serger thread Metrocor, now called Seracor. (why?). It is a very high quality thread. And it is pricey.
http://www.redrockthreads.com/mettler-thread/mettler-metrocor.asp

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Date: 1/8/12 10:13 AM

I've used it in a pinch on my older machines, but it is much more linty than regular thread, so I wouldn't use it in a computerized machine.

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