And here's the Sulky.
Remember these dresses I sewed for the girls last year? And these pajamas I made for them last fall? Well, they're starting to come apart at the seams. I was horrified to see this happening. I must be a terrible seamstress. How could I let this happen; I thought I sewed those seams up really well. I've told Del that I won't actually sell anything on my Etsy shop until I get a serger because I feel the seams are more stable that way.
It turns out that I'm not a terrible seamstress, I just have a hard time with reading. If you look at the Sulky website or any spool of Sulky thread you will clearly read on there, "Decorative Thread." In other places you will read, "Embroidery Thread." I'm trying to recall with all my might now and I can never remember seeing any Sulky thread labeled "All Purpose." Gutermann, now that's another story. They have sew-all thread, they have embroidery thread, they have quilting thread, they have silk thread they have...all kinds of thread. Not so with Sulky.
The difference between all-purpose thread and embroidery thread is it's weight. Generally the higher the number, the finer the thread. I cannot for the life of me find the weight of the Gutermann thread on my spool, but the weight of the Sulky embroidery thread is 40. They are both 2 stranded. I assume that the weight on the Gutermann is 30, therefore stronger. As the dresses and pajamas I've made have been going through the wash, the lightweight embroidery thread I've used to sew clothes has been breaking down and disintegrating. Embroidery thread was not meant to hold together seams AT ALL. It's a good thing I never made those suits I was planning on making and it's a good thing that Sulky didn't have a thread to match the skirt I just finished for Tina or I'd have to resew the ENTIRE skirt.
I'm interested to know if the dress I made for Katherine last year is falling apart at all. I can't remember which thread I used.
So anyway, my tip is: make sure you are buying the correct thread for your project. It will make a huge difference in the quality of the end product.