The lovely people at Gütermann kindly sent me two of their ‘Bonus Pack’ of threads to review.  Thank You Gütermann.  Their website is here, and their Facebook page is here.

Bonus boxes of Gütermann threads

 

These are sew pretty.  These really cheered me up the day they arrived as it was grey and miserable outside.  And another bonus of a Bonus pack is that the threads all co-ordinate.

Now I know some people don’t like Polyester threads.  Some people say they won’t last in a quilt, that the thread is too strong for the cotton fabric, and will wear the fabric out when it’s washed.  Now I’m a bit of a ‘threadaholic’, and I love all thread, and I was brought up on Gütermann.  I sew because I like to sew and make things, not to make something that will last forever.  And I’m not sure how much truth there is in saying the thread will wear the fabric out.  Indeed if someone used one of my quilts and washed it that much that they wore it out that would make me really happy.

Gütermann Bonus packs contain their Sew-All Thread, and are readily available.  Now I’ve visited lots of stores and sewing shops in my time, and I would say that this thread is the most commonly available.  It was voted the Best Thread Brand in the British Sewing Awards in 2018.

So I thought I’d try the thread out in a variety of ways and decided to make a make – up bag, this is a free pattern, and one that I’ve used before.  As usual I didn’t just make a basic bag, but decided to go with two fabrics and add try out some embroidery stitches on my machine  I think lots of us don’t use all the features on our machines as much as we thought we would when we bought our machines.

Make-up bag
Back of bag -embroidery detail
Topstitching

 

Here I used the thread to sew the bag together both through thicknesses, wadding and just two layers of fabric. I used some of the threads with the embroidery stitches and the applique, the white thread was used in the bobbin.  I used one of the threads for the topstitching with a different colour underneath.  All the stitching came out perfectly, no problems at all.  I’ve heard people say that their machine doesn’t like this thread or that thread, but I can’t say I’ve ever had a problem.  It’s really about combining the right tools for the job, that is the right needle and tension and thread and fabric.

Having tried out a few stitches on the machine, I then decided to showcase the thread colours.  An idea for a pincushion had been going around in my brain for a few days, so I just had to make it.

Here I’ve used all the colours of thread in the packs, except for the white and the black.

Top for pincushion
Bottom for pincushion

Testing a few stitches out I used the bonus pack with the edge shaper tool for the horizontal fancy stitches, and the bonus pack with the seam gauge for the vertical zigzag stitches.  As we’re quilters I also did some free motion quilting.  At this point it was very sunny, and I stopped for lunch intending to take more photo’s without the sun, but after lunch I forgot and went on to finish the pincushion, so I apologise that you can’t see the colours very well in these pictures.

I will give you the thread codes here, in case you want to purchase a particular colour.

Bonus pack with edge shaper, from top to bottom (in the photograph at the top of this page), 800; peach (I’ve lost the number); 896; 852; 152; 401; 189; 000.

Bonus pack with seam gauge, from top to bottom (in the photograph at the top of this page) , 800; 659; 889; 158; 852; 152; 234; 278.

Seam gauge
Reverse of seam gauge

This is the seam gauge, which is in mm.  Now this is a quilting website and we usually work in inches, so I had to think long and hard about how I would use this. As a quilter our seams are generally a quarter of an inch, so I can’t see that we would have much use for this.  However, my sewing machine is a computerised one and you can alter the length and width of the stitches, and the sizes are given in mm’s, so I can see myself using it when looking at the size of the stitches I’m going to be using, and I would also use it to look at the distance between rows of stitching.  I think it’s main use would be in dressmaking, and I know that many quiltmakers are also dressmakers so I can see them using it to it’s full advantage.

Edge shaper used to poke the corner through

And here is the Edge Shaper.  I put that to use the day it arrived as I just happened to be in the middle of a project, and I’ve been wanting a ‘pokey tool’ for a while.  Perfect timing.

So thank you again to Gütermann.

Chris

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