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Date: 3/4/12 5:38 PM

$2.50 for a spool of Gutermann thread in the US and $18 for the same thing in Australia, I just can't bear it any more!!!

I know buying thread mail order must be hit and miss, but at those prices it surely is worth it. From what I have read on the boards, Cleaners Supply seems to have the best prices, but how do you pick the colours?

Do you have any experience worth passing on, or any tips that might help me? What would be a sensible first purchase (considering weight as well, as I have to ship it to Australia).

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Date: 3/4/12 6:01 PM

One thing to watch for. The standard poly Gutermann thread we buy here is made in Germany. From what I've read on these boards, in the US there is a Gutermann thread made in Mexico which many say they don't like. It sounds like the two threads may be different quality, but this is all hearsay. I've never seen the two threads side by side to compare. Just something to be mindful of.

As for colours, can go to the shops here, colour match, note the number then buy on-line? Gutermann colour numbers from what I've seen are the same across all their different thread types.

Btw, what Gutermann thread are you paying $18 for? I've never paid anywhere near that price for thread.

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Date: 3/4/12 6:02 PM

http://www.cleanersupply.com/products/product.cfm?pID=1155 sells a thread chart for the brand so you can find what you need.


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Date: 3/4/12 6:07 PM


First off. try to order the largest spools you can.. and double or triple the whites and other basic colors you use most often. Then add in an assortment of other colors to start. OR you can get your basics.. order the entire line of blues.. and next time around the entire line of reds and so forth.
Be sure and check out ALL the net sites you can on thread.. I will bet there is the entire collection on line at at least one source that would allow you to buy the entire collection at one time. Often these collections are discounted.
Since you do pay high shipping costs.. do try for the larger spools though. Fortunately you can get a lot of spools in a flat rate box. so negotiate the shipping cost if it seem high.. Good luck.. you ladies sure pay a premium price in AU for everything.. its a pity.. as I have seen some fabulous quilts and really artsy stuff done up there. No fair at all. The Aussies are so talented.

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Date: 3/4/12 7:12 PM

I ordered a real thread card with all the numbers on it. The first time I went through all of my fabric and bought matching thread. I bought extra of the basics. If you have favorite colors that you always sew order extras in those colors.

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Date: 3/4/12 7:36 PM

Unfortunately, Gutermann's store bought thread uses a different numbering system than their online thread. So if you want to order Gutermann's thread online, you need to buy the thread chart. By the way, most people who have tried Gutermann's online thread find it perfectly acceptable, and it's a true bargain. On a per yard basis, Gutermann's online thread is only one fourth the price of the regular retail thread.

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Date: 3/4/12 8:33 PM

I suggest/recommend buying the Gutermann thread cabinet. I got one for Christmas and it's AWESOME! It has 100 spools in a variety of colors... lots of each shade to choose from. It comes in a neat cabinet too that you can mount on the wall if you want. That could start you off with a good assortment and then I'd order extra spools of the basic colors too.

Hope that helps!

PS - It was about $160US in December, but maybe you can get it cheaper through Ebay or Amazon or with a coupon or something. It's still a good deal even at full price!

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Date: 3/4/12 11:32 PM

Thanks for all the help, ladies. And yes, unfortunately you can't just get the numbers in the shop and order the same number online.

I think I will get 3 spools of white and black each, as I am sure to use these, plus some other colours I use a lot. If that works out at a reasonable price and the quality is good, I might invest in a colour chart, plus maybe buy different shades of colours I use a lot. Pity I can't afford the cabinet, but the shipping would be a killer.

Sew4fun, $18 stuck in my mind for 1000m spools, although I normally only buy the 100m at $3.00. I think 500m might be $12 where I shop. How much do you pay and where?

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Date: 3/5/12 0:06 AM

Wawak sell Gutterman, that is stamped "made in germany".
I bought some while in the US recently.
Wawak also have great monthly specials, I think I paid under $2 for my 1094 yd Gutterman.

http://www.wawak.com/

In FAQ's, there is a form for International ordering.

I plan on buying a whole lot more of their products too

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Date: 3/5/12 1:33 AM

Here's a completely opposite point of view. I just bought a Babylock Evolution and had my first lesson. The teacher said that thread dries out making it weak. If you can snap it easily with 2 fingers, don't use it for finished garments. The thread won't stand up to laundering and the stress of wearing it. If it's 3 years or older, better not to use it for anything you care about long term. Muslins, practicing technique, etc. is OK. Best thread storage is in zip lock bags. Serger thread is apparently dated, you can check it before you buy- so, could be some truth to this perspective. In that case, keep a small inventory of basics; buy particular colors, novelties and various weight threads for current projects as you sew. Buy smaller spools.

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