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Date: 7/22/10 6:06 AM

I have a mish mash of brands of threads and understand that Maxilock is the recommened one for serging. I printed out the color chart and of course would love to get one of everything, - so my question is - how do you choose your colors wisely, and how many of the basics to buy. This would only be for the loopers. I'd appreciate any suggestions. I have three sergers that I keep threaded with lights and darks and blues.

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Date: 7/22/10 7:39 AM

I have four cones of the basic colours: black, navy, neutrals, and grays. If a project calls for a non-basic colour, then I have two cones for the loopers and regular sewing machine thread for the needles. Depending on the project, I will also buy two spools of sewing machine thread for the loopers and wind bobbins for the needles.

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Date: 7/22/10 8:20 AM

That sounds about what I had in mind. Many thanks. I now have a large supply of Serger thread going to Goodwill when the Maxilock gets here.

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Date: 7/22/10 2:38 PM


Hi, What I do, is I buy 2 cones of a light, a medium and a dark in each of the basic colors. That is, 2 light blue, 2 med blue, 2 dark blue, etc; then the same thing in red, green, etc. That way, I can use the 2 cones in the loopers and use a "not the same but blends pretty good" color in the needles (like blending medium gray with medium blue, etc).... Or I wind some of the looper thread onto bobbins for the serger needles and the coverstitch.

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Date: 7/28/10 7:17 PM

I wait for the quite-often massive Atlanta Thread Supply Maxi-Lock sales...and then go hog wild, lol! I buy 4 cones of every colour I like, and 6 each of black, charcoal and steel, as I use those colours the most. Everyone's different, so you gotta figure what will work best for you.

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Date: 7/29/10 1:09 AM

I also wait for the Atlanta Thread sales and then purchase the colors I want. I always keep black, white, eggshell, steel gray, navy, and red. But I also have now collected 3 cones of almost every color. Because I build costumes for dance companies and stage productions, I have amazingly used almost every color imaginable. For my general sewing, though, I mainly stock the colors that I seem to keep navigating towards in fabric choices (blues, purples, teals and aquas). Before a sale, I take an inventory and only order what I need to fill in so that I always have 3 spools of each color I want. Be aware that several of the darker pinks look quite similar, as do the reds and the turquoises. You might not want every shade of those.

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Date: 7/29/10 2:24 AM

As a home sewer who makes mostly my own clothing and some home dec, I don't find I really need more than one spool of the "odd" colors. I do have at least 4 spools of all the basics, but I can wind off onto smaller spools (or even bobbins for the needle thread) enough to do a single dress/pants/top. As much as anything, I try not to have so many to store! We are all at a loss sometimes, trying to keep up with all the different types and colors of threads we have!! I have eventually bought at least one of every color that MaxiLock makes, thanks to all the good sales from Atlanta Thread. I'm one who likes to have matching thread for the serger when making a garment. When you stop to think of it, the serger thread is the cheapest thread we buy - especially when you think of the amount on each cone!!

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Date: 8/3/10 2:18 PM

I went crazy and bought a Juki 655 serger and Brother 2340 CS. I am still learning about everything. I have bought several cones of Maxilock from ATS and it is great. I understand I should use regular thread in the needles. Is the Maxilock not good for the needles? If not, where is the best place to get good thread cheap for the needles? Also, should I use a net on all the threads even on the bobbins?? Should I also use the disk to hold down the spools and bobbins? The thread on the bobbins seems to "catch"

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Date: 8/3/10 3:37 PM

Congratulations on your two new machines! Maxilock is thinner than most regular sewing threads (like Gutermann), but I have used it in both the needles and loopers of my serger and it worked fine. I've never had a Maxilock seam thread break on either a woven or a knit item. That said, I generally use Gutermann for the left needle thread on higher end fabrics. For the coverstitch, I mostly use Gutermann in the needles and Maxilock in the looper. Maxilock works fine in the needles, but I just like the look of the topstitching with a better thread.

I don't usually use the discs or nets and don't have a problem w/o them. But I have a different brand of CS than you, so perhaps someone else with a Brother CS could weigh in on that for you.

ETA that Cleaner's Supply currently has Gutermann in over 300 colors on sale for $1.86 for 1,094 yards. The thread chart they sell is helpful if you're bent on really matching colors. They provide terrific customer service and shipping for anything under $100 is only $3.83 - and is FAST!

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Date: 8/3/10 3:56 PM

I don't understand why the mismatched ones have to go to the goodwill? can't you just use them until they run out?

Also, Maxi-lock on sale from ATS or Cleaner's Supply is so inexpensive that I don't see the point of buying regular sewing machine thread for the needles, I just went ahead and bought 4 rolls in my normally used colors. If I have an unusual color, okay, I can use regular sewing machine thread in the needle which is closest to being able to show, but really, that's just because I don't HAVE any serger thread for that needle, not because it's cheaper.

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