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Date: 2/14/13 6:09 PM

I just got everyone's favorite cheapo serger (brother 1034d). My mother sent me some white thread she purchased at her local fabric store and after a few uses, I know this serger is going to be used constantly! Time to buy more thread. Problem is, I'm an hour away from the closest fabric store so I'm looking to buy online. I'm finding a HUGE discrepancy in prices and sizes. What are some key descriptive words that I should be looking for? With serger thread, is it ok to go cheap or do you get what you pay for?

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Date: 2/14/13 7:44 PM

The best and cheapest place to get Maxilock Serger thread is at Wawak. They occasionally have sales so one can get Maxilock cheaper still. Nayy. I do not recommend going with brand X but you can use other good threads used in regular machine sewing for the needles. Loopers use Maxilock or Wooly Nylon. I recommend that you go with quality. Ask me how I know!
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Date: 2/14/13 8:26 PM

It is an inexpensive machine but I wouldn't call it cheapo-it has proved to be a solid workhorse. I have that serger too and second the Maxilock thread. I use white, off white and slate. I bought a few other colors but I find the slate works for the darks. I use Wooly nylon for the lower loopers when doing rolled hems. I wouldn't go with cheap threads; I have found cheap threads rarely are worth the cost and cause problems. Congratulations on the serger! If you haven't already, check out the Brother thread Serger. Lots of great tips in those pages! Have fun!

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Date: 2/14/13 8:52 PM

I agree with Warbler and Marie and also have a 1034D. I use Maxilock from Wawak and compared to what Joann's charges for their spools, I consider the non-sale price of $1.89 for 3,000 yds to be very reasonable. I also purchased a few spools of 3,000 yd polyester serging thread (Speedwell and SpunPoly brands) but haven't tried them yet. I've noticed (as some others have) that the black Maxilock is linty (even though it serge's just fine), so I thought I might give another brand a try in the black and see what it's like.

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Date: 2/14/13 9:42 PM

You can use any thread you can buy at Joanns too. Coat's & Clarke is fine. I used it in my 1034D for the first couple months because I had lots of 500 yd. spools. Maxi-lock is lighter than that so can be good in a serger where there are at least four threads to a sem (or three). I second and third the idea of Mxi-lock, it is good thread. If you have regular sewing thread around from Mettler, Gutermann, C&C or anything else good, you can use it all. Sergers can do nice decorative work with the Wooly Nylon and special threads as well. WAWAK is also Cleaner's Supply - same company. Good to deal with, needles are really a good buy there as well.

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Date: 2/14/13 10:23 PM

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I just got everyone's favorite cheapo serger (brother 1034d). My mother sent me some white thread she purchased at her local fabric store and after a few uses, I know this serger is going to be used constantly! Time to buy more thread. Problem is, I'm an hour away from the closest fabric store so I'm looking to buy online. I'm finding a HUGE discrepancy in prices and sizes. What are some key descriptive words that I should be looking for? With serger thread, is it ok to go cheap or do you get what you pay for?



Thanks!

A serger cone can last a good long time, so it's worth investing in something decent - the few extra dollars will be spread over many, many projects, if you see what I mean.

I use white and black the most. Serger thread often doesn't have to exactly match, and even if you want the needle threads to match, the loopers can be different so long as they don't show through the fabric. Pink and grey can be useful as they blend with many colors. I've used red and fuschia lately; I'm enjoying using unexpected fun colors on the inside of children's garments.
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Date: 2/15/13 12:19 PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone! i figured it was best to ask instead of having to learn form an expensive mistake. I only have white now, so i was thinking of getting black and maybe one other color- I guess either pink or gray sound good!

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Date: 2/17/13 7:01 AM

Every so often I pick up 1 or 2 serger spools in an exciting blue, red, pink, green color. Sometimes it is just fun to have a looper color pop on a print- or even in a needle on a contrast solid.

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