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Date: 3/25/13 2:58 PM

I received an 80 spool assortment of Madeira thread from Koala Cabinets for free since there was a small issue with the delivery of my cabinets. I haven't used any of the thread until yesterday when I was doing some embroidery and applique work on a wall hanging.

I needed a color that I couldn't get from my Metro collection and used two spools of Madeira. After sewing, I took a look at the two satin stitches I had done and really, truly could not tell the difference at all. The sheen was pretty much the same and the fill was just as good, which surprised me because I thought the Madeira was slightly thicker.

Now I know this is almost like comparing apples to oranges since one is polyester and the other is rayon, but it was very interesting to see how well they performed next to each other. I would even say that you could mix the two in an embroidery design and still not tell the difference. But that's just my eyes...other people may be able to tell.

I thought I would post this for the future because I have always wanted to know the difference in quality and Metro is so inexpensive and does such a great job.

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Date: 3/26/13 11:15 AM

People swear by Metro. I'm a Maderia fan myself but I've never used Metro. But if I decided to go Polyester I would probably try it cos of the price.

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Date: 3/26/13 9:45 PM

I have Metro and Madeira. I think the Madeira is a better quality in the fact I have to use a thread stand to get the Metro to unwind without catching on the top of the spool. Other than that, I use which ever color works best for the design. I like the price of the Metro. I also did a small test design and used six different threads from different companies and I could not tell any difference in coverage. My new favorate is the Sigma by Metro.

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Date: 3/27/13 12:32 PM

I bought the 10 spool thread stand for my Ellisimo Gold and love it. It's so convenient to just load up 10 colors and not have to worry about switching them out. And with threading being so easy, it only takes about 10 seconds to get the new thread on.

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My new favorate is the Sigma by Metro.

Did you order the whole set or just a few colors? I wanted to purchase the set of 150 spools since they said the colors are different from the regular Metro, with the exception of the basics (red, blue, white, black, etc). Can you tell any difference at all between Sigma and the regular Metro?


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Date: 4/10/13 0:58 AM

I'm like a kid in a candy store. I just received my box of 50 color spools of Metro thread. They are working great and good for a low budget embroiderer like myself.

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Date: 4/10/13 4:52 PM

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My new favorate is the Sigma by Metro.



Yes, my new favorite is Sigma as well! There are so many great threads available now, but I love the price on the Sigma. I bought the complete set (thread junkie here....). And I use thread stands always, even for regular sewing. I like the results I get.

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Date: 4/10/13 5:03 PM


A while back I gave the set of Metro Embroidery thread to a friend as a gift, this was before Metro carried Sigma. My friend loved the thread. As far as budget, besides the thread, I use the Metro pre-wound bobbins in my machines and they've worked great. Maybe my machines aren't picky, I know some machines can be, but mine are pretty good natured regardless of what I shove at them. Oh and also, the Metro stabilizers aren't bad either, I've used a ton of their tear-away.

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Date: 4/10/13 5:59 PM

I mix brands all the time and I am the only one (until now) that knew.

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Date: 4/10/13 10:05 PM

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Did you order the whole set or just a few colors? I wanted to purchase the set of 150 spools since they said the colors are different from the regular Metro, with the exception of the basics (red, blue, white, black, etc). Can you tell any difference at all between Sigma and the regular Metro?




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I bought the set of 100 when they had a sale, before the 150 set came out. I am so HAPPY with them and they are really a good quality. I also got their color chart.

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Date: 4/11/13 12:29 PM

So for those that have the regular Metro and then purchased the Sigma, are the colors different at all? Like I said, they said aside from the basic colors, the others are different shades. I'm thinking maybe I should order a color card.

Also, for what's it worth, I'm working on an Anita Goodesign quilt (Baltimore Revisited) and needed a few extra colors. My dealer sells Floriani and was having a sale so I picked about three or four. I've been using those along with the Metro and I can't even tell the difference with that thread either. I think Metro is pretty high quality and the Sigma set is definitely my next thread purchase.

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