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    Quote Originally Posted by Meteor View Post
    I bought one of the big cones of Gutermann at Joanns, but the stuff is really easy to break with my hands. Too easy it seems to me. I went back and got some Gutermann heavy duty and some upolstery thread, thinking I'll try each. They seem to be exactly the same to me.
    The only cones of gutterman's thread they have at my Joann's is nylon serger overlock thread... not really useful for anything else... maybe that's what you have...
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    I did some break tests with an unexpected result. I alternated snapping Gutterman and some Coats & Clark I picked up at Walmart. Both were polyester and I did enough snapping to make my hands sore and use up several yards of each type of thread. The Gutterman has a nicer appearance, smooth and little or any fuzz. The C&C is pretty generic looking and a little fuzzy. However, after snapping a lot of thread I had to come to the conclusion that the plain old generic C&C was slightly stronger than the Gutterman. I think the Gutterman quality control is probably better and there would be less variability between each lot of thread than with the C&C, but I found the results to be very surprising. I really expected the Gutterman to be noticeably stronger and that was not the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    The only cones of gutterman's thread they have at my Joann's is nylon serger overlock thread... not really useful for anything else... maybe that's what you have...
    That has to be it. I'm definitely not going to use it. Since I needed to order some sil for a tarp (man these projects are addicting!) I went ahead and played it safe and ordered some Gutermann Mara 70 and Tera 40 from Scott. I think I'll just wait to do any sewing until that arrives.

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    Someone needs to try this stuff out...

    http://www.countycomm.com/KEVLAR.htm

    Oh wait, they also have SPECTRA Sewing Thread too!

    http://www.countycomm.com/spectra.htm


    It's gotta be good, right?

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    I have no doubt someone uses kevlar and spectra thread to good advantage. But I don't see the need for it gear making. First off... I don't want to run a rasp through my machine. Why would I want to use thread that is stronger than the materials the tension plates are made out of? Secondly... I am of the opinion that you stitching should be the weakest link in the chain. Please I did not say it should be weak. I said it should be the weakest link. I would rather have a few stitches snap than have the fabric tear out in the back. One you can fix with a small sewing kit. The second... who knows.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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