I’ve written about thread before, including my obsession with this microscopic analysis of thread fibers. I love the idea that at the tiniest scale, thread ISN’T the same, and that the threads we use when we sew can make a difference in the quality of our results. The longer I make clothing (and the more full my closet becomes), the more I want to focus my sewing on investment items, and I want them to be the very best they can be–the best construction, the best workmanship, and good materials.
So that makes me curious about the range of threads on the market today. There is a wide range of brands, and all of them have their devotees who swear that THEIR thread is THE BEST thread on the market. Coas & Clark, of course, is the American classic. Mettler and Guterman are solid German brands with long histories. And Aurifil is an Italian brand with a fanatical following.
Each major brand of thread comes in various formulations and thicknesses. There are all-cotton threads, poly-cotton threads, and silk threads. There are super-fine threads, mid-weight threads, and denim & upholstery weights. All these variations have specific applications where they are most useful: cotton mid-weight thread for heirloom quilting, poly-cotton thread for garment sewing to give it forgiveness and stretch, upholstery thread for heavy-weight fabrics that need to stand up to wear. But beyond that, is there something special about a particular brand of thread that makes you come back again and again??
In the comments, I’d love to know if you have a particular brand of sewing thread that you purchase time after time, and why. Do you always buy Coats & Clark because it’s available everywhere and it’s just easy? Do you swear by Aurifil because you love the variety of weights and the way it quilts? Is Guterman your favorite because of the quality of the fibers? Does one brand have a better spool shape, or a better range of colors? Do you use one thread for garments and another for quilting?
Or do you never even pay attention, and you just pick the thread on the shelf that matches your fabric or that’s on sale and you’ve literally never given it a thought? Let me know that, too!