Sometimes, it’s hard to convince people to buy nice thread. It wouldn’t be hard if there weren’t a super cheap alternative out there- people would just buy the one thread that we recommend- but that’s not the reality. Instead, we have to explain why to buy the thread that costs over $9/spool vs. 50 cents/spool.
I’ll protect the name of the 50 cent spool and call it Cheap and Crappy thread- C&C for short. But, the nicer, admittedly more costly thread, is Mettler Metrosene polyester thread. This is what we like for “construction sewing”. That means garment sewing, home dec, and even when Zede or Mallory piece a quilt (doesn’t happen often), we do it with Metrosene.
Why do we like it?
- Long staple fibers. This means low lint and less “binding agent” or glue in thread. C&C thread has shorter fibers. Sometimes people will say “Well, this C&C thread feels smooth, it doesn’t feel linty!”. Feel a little more carefully, it can feel almost waxy, as though it’s coated with something. It is coated with something, and it shouldn’t feel like that. All thread has some lint, because it’s made of fibers
- Durability. There’s a term in the industry called “rotten cotton”. Cotton thread isn’t “bad”, but it does deteriorate over time, because it’s a natural fiber. Cotton thread is appropriate for some things and there is high-quality cotton thread out there- but we like to use polyester for garments.
- Strength. I played Fruma Sarah in a high school production of “Fiddler on the Roof”. My director didn’t buy a real fly harness, he bought a small window washer’s harness- I was smaller than a small window-washer. My mom altered every strap on the harness to make it fit me, using Metrosene thread, and I wowed the audience for 6 performances and I’m still here to tell the tale.
- The Stitch. We’ve had machine customers come to us and complain that their machine stitch looks terrible, and they’re convinced the machine needs to be serviced. Before checking the machine in, we’ll thread the machine up with Mettler thread and the stitch is perfect. Of course, the right thread won’t repair a damaged machine, but it truly can affect the stitch quality.
- Consistency. We haven’t had a problem with this thread, and Zede has been recommending it for about 20 years. Recently, packaging and part numbers have changed, but the quality seems to still be up to snuff. We’ll keep using to make ourselves look beautiful and to sometimes fly in the air and belt Showtunes!
What’s your favorite thread for garment sewing? Have you ever been disappointed in a brand?
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