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I did a search before asking, hope this hasn't been done to death as a
topic. I would prefer to buy a lot of thread off ebay for my new
serger. I see woolly a lot, what is this? I am assuming embroiderery
thread won't work. Any types I should avoid? I will be making simple
childrens things mostly and a few things for myself.

Also can I use regular thread spools on my serger?

Dana :)


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You should only use serger thread in your serger.  You can use serger
thread in your regular sewing machine, but do not use regular sewing
thread in your serger, and never ever use embroidery thread for
anything but embroidery.

Serger thread is made to withstand the higher speeds that sergers
operate at. Regular sewing thread is not, and will break.. Embroidery
thread is generally 2 ply, smaller diameter, and is not as strong as
regular sewing thread, and therefore should only be used for
embroidery.

me

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As another response stated, no one should not use normal sewing thread
with a serger. The high speed operation of the machine will cause you
nothing but problems, and you'll have enough on your plate just getting
started with your new toy! *LOL*

Woolly nylon serger thread is quite strong and resilient, while 100%
long staple polyester is a good all-purpose choice and always gets my
vote. Cotton and cotton/poly blends can break at higher tensions/speeds
and tend to be quite linty, but can give good results. The following
threads can also be used for special projects/decorative effects, read
your owner's manual however to see if they will work with your machine:
decorative rayon, silk, metallic, narrow ribbon, buttonhole twist, pearl
cotton and lightweight yarn.

Depending upon how easy it is for you to thread your serger, you may
find it easier to settle on one type of good thread, in a neutral colour
that works well with your machine and most fabrics. Guterman or
Maxi-lock are some popular brands. This way all you will have to fuss
with when starting a new project is perhaps adjusting the tension.
Threading a serger is not as simple as threading your sewing machine
(well not to most anyway *LOL*), and it is something most users tend to
avoid having to do often. One neat trick to learn is how to cut off the
end of a current thread, and tie on a new spool, then slowly bring it
through the machine, thus avoiding having to totally rethread the unit
from scratch.

Best of luck!

Candide
(who has a "new" Bernina 335DS on the way)






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I just finished taking classes for my new Huskylock 936 serger, and the
instructors told us we can indeed use regular thread in it. The serger
comes with special spool caps to be used for this purpose, in fact. The
trick, they said, is to set the serger at a slower speed.=20

Wooly nylon is nice and stretchy, and used in the upper and lower
loopers for rolled hems and edges. It is nice, stretchy thread for seams
on active wear, swimwear, lingerie, knits, children's clothing or a nice
finish for napkins, table cloths, etc.

You can use indeed use embroidery threads for a decorative finish, such
as in the upper looper.

-Irene


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Hi Dana,
My Hobby / business is sewing and I use the overlocker nearly every day. In
the majority of times I use normal thread. I have had no problem with my
overlocker (a Janomie) and sew flat out. I often use the cheapest thread I
can! By the way normal thread will work out more expensive, per meter in
comparison with the big overlocker cones.......Amelia in Australia
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 I see woolly a lot, what is this? I am assuming embroiderery
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Wooly nylon is a fuzzy specialty thread that is used in the loopers when
seaming activewear fabrics.

I would not personally take the advice to use the cheapest thread you can
buy. I have found that cheap is cheap, and is only good if you want seams
popping and thread breakage on a regular basis.

Penny S
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I agree with Penny 100%!  I have tried to save pennies before buying cheap
serger thread.  Never ever again.  There were slubs in the thread big
enough to spit it out of the tension disks.  It popped all over the place.
Messiest seams I ever finished were with cheap serger thread.  Finally gave
those cones to my DD for her to mess with.  (She did wonderful things with
it and some big cheapy plastic beads when she was about 8!  lol)  

I've been very happy with Maxi-Lock.  That's about all I will use.  

You can usually find it at Hancock's.  If you need to order online:  
http://www.uncommonthread.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=UT&Category_Code=Maxilock-Serging

Or
http://store.atlantathread.com/maxilock.html

Atlanta Thread has it on sale for $1.99 right now.  That's the 3,000 yard
cone.  

NAYY  HTH

Sharon

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Never try to teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.


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Will have to amend my previous statement about not using regular sewing
thread in a serger. My "new" Bernina owner's manual gives directions for
threading with serger thread, industrial cones and regular spool thread.
Machine came with several little disks one uses to fit over spool thread
for even feeding. Manual also suggests one can use darning cotton (which
one has tons of), but not sure if they mean the three ply stuff in my
stash.

Cheap thread is just that, and cannot see any benefit of choosing the
right fabric, pattern and so forth only to run something up with any old
cheap tat. Thing is bound to end in tears or at least someone ready to
commit murder. Now finding top shelf thread like Maxi-Lock, Mettler, or
some such at a "cheap" price is quite another matter.

Atlanta Thread is wonderful! Almost one stop shopping with great service
and an excellent selection.

Candide
"Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. It's
cheaper."
Quentin Crisp 1908 - 1999
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Hi all,
maybe cheap thread in Australia isn't as bad as in your part of the world. I
havn't found slubs in the thread I use or had any problems........Amelia
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I must endorse this heartily!  I don't use cheap thread.  I *DO* use
bargain thread, but that means factory hop bought cones from the mill!
My personal preference is for Empress Mills thread here in the UK>  They
have a great selection of colours and you can buy it in both cones and
cops.  It also works well in the ordinary sewing machine.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Kate XXXXXX wrote:

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or with a rolled seam, use wooly nylon to give the rolled edge some body
and the threads pack up close

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duh
i think i know what a cone is but what are cops?

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Smaller, straight sided tubes onto which 1000m or so of thread is
cross-wound as it is on the cones.  They are useful if you only need a
small amount of thread in an unusual colour.  I usually buy 5 of one
colour for specific projects: 4 for the serger and one for the machine.
  Empress do all their colours in both polycore (polyester core with a
cotton wrap) in at least two weights and 120's poly (standard weight
poly serger thread).

See here for their different threads (NAYY, just a happy customer for
many years):> http://www.empressmills.co.uk /

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Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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