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Message Board > Sergers, Coverstitch and Blindhemmers > Is Metrocor serger thread better than maxi lock ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Date: 4/20/08 10:45 PM

I don't know where to put this. Is the mettler metrocor overlock thread better than the maxi lock? Does anyone use it? I read that the mettler thread is better, or at least some think it is and was wondering about the serger thread. Thanks,
Janet

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Date: 4/20/08 11:04 PM

I'll tell you the best way to judge thread is does a dealer carry it? If the answer is yes it is good thread. Mettler for the most part is very good thread. But my first rule always applies, a dealer will not sell thread that is not good for your machine.

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Date: 4/20/08 11:25 PM

Yes, its better. My dealer said not to use Maxi lock, but I noticed it myself that its alot better.

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Date: 4/22/08 8:25 AM

I feel Metrocor is much better than Maxi-Lock. Metrocor is smoother, less linty and seems a little finer to me. I much prefer the Metrocor. It is harder for me to find, but worth the searching.

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Date: 4/22/08 8:32 AM

I agree, the Mettler Metrocore is better and less linty; you could use it for sewing IMO. It's also hard to find and a lot more expensive, and I'm not willing to pay that price.

My Bernina dealer sells the Maxi-Lock and that's what I use.

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Date: 4/22/08 2:03 PM

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...a dealer will not sell thread that is not good for your machine.


My personal experience is that this is not always the case. My dealer carried and recommended a particular brand of thread that never worked well on my machine. I'm sure the brand of thread was good, I know the brand of my machine is good, and I know the dealer is excellent and I would go back again. However, I won't buy the brand of thread they recommend.

My suggestion is to try different brands of thread on YOUR machine and see if there is a difference and use the one you like best. I would say that most brand-name threads are quality threads.

No offense intended to any dealers here, but dealers are going to push the brand of thread they carry. How they decide to carry a particular brand is, I'm sure, a business decision.

I use maxi-lock serger thread on my old Babylock serger because it's readily available, and it works just fine.

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Date: 4/23/08 12:08 PM

I think so. Metrocor is finer thread with almost no linting. I use it even though I have Maxilock in my thread drawer. It is more expensive and I have to special order it from my dealer. It hurts when I purchase an order but I generally order ecru, medium taupe and a black for garments. I will sometimes use sewing thread in the left needle to match my garment fabric color if it contrasts too much.

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Date: 4/24/08 11:39 AM

I had a very bad experience with Maxi Lock thread in my serger. I have a White ATS 2000, very basic serger, but it was working great and I used it often for finishing the edges of quilting fabric for prewashing and also in garment construction and home dec.

One day I was zipping along serging something and the machine came to an abrupt halt - I had a giant fuzzball of thread caught and it bent one of the loopers! It was a place on the thread that was vastly thicker than the normal thread circumference and could not pass through the eye of the needles or the loopers (I don't recall exactly where it was caught now) - I had to cut it out of the machine and the machine had to go in for service. It cost me $60 to fix it and this was about 4 years ago. I was told to buy a better quality thread, which I did.

Interestingly enough, I was so afraid of that happening again, that the serger has been in my closet since coming home from the repair shop. I just pulled it out and used it to make some pillowcases this weekend and it works great, but I will never buy Maxi Lock thread again I'm afriad. I don't know what brand I'm using now, but it cost a lot more than the ML did!

YMMV!

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Date: 4/24/08 2:09 PM

I have had alot of trouble with Maxi lock too. Huge gashes on the roll of thread itself, hidden inside. I really don't like Maxi lock. The other brand is so much nicer. All smooth, no troubles.
I have seen on ebay huge deals on cones of serger thread on --- like pure cotton ones and wondered if they were any good. However, I have TONS of thread, and don't need to buy any to find out.
(The only serger thread I ever run out of is black. I ought to get a set of those gigantic cones of them next time)
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Date: 4/24/08 3:49 PM

I agree that the Metrocor is a better quality thread. I couldn't use Maxi Lock in my old serger, but can in the new one. I would still choose the Metrocor, even though my dealer recommended Maxilock. I am still using some in the new serger and they get along just fine. I can't find it locally, so I purchase mine thru ThreadPro and have no complaints about their service. They usually will send color charts along with your order. Good luck on whatever you choose.

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