If you sew, you will almost certainly have heard of William Gee haberdashery; well certainly if you are in the UK. The family run business in London has been trading since 1906 and is certainly one of the biggest haberdasheries in the UK. With over 9000 products in stock, you are sure to find the things you need. Recently they asked me if I was interested in reviewing some of their products and I said yes! (I mentioned it in my last post). So lets begin with one of their popular sellers: Coats Moon 120 Thread.
Please note: The products were kindly given to me by William Gee in return for a review. My review however, will be genuine, unbiased and based on my own findings.
I have been sewing for many years and have used Moon 120 threads often. The thread is staple spun 100% polyester available in 1000y (914m) spools and in 150 colours. William Gee supply them individually or in ‘pot luck‘ boxes of 10, which I shall be reviewing.
The box sets come in 5 different colour sets – Random, Nautical, Pastel, Tropical or Winter. With the lovely sunshine we are currently having, I picked Tropical. As mentioned, each box contains 10 different coloured thread and retail at just £7.00 per box. That is a really good price as you are getting over 9400m of thread! Normally I pay anything from £1 to £1.25 per roll locally, so buying a box makes economical sense.
One thread for all?
Just as you can’t have one sewing machine that will do everything, the same rule applies to thread. There are numerous manufacturers and a multitude of different threads available to the sewing world. Moons 120 is certainly not the most expensive thread you can buy (nor is it the nasty stuff you find in bargain stores!); I would class it as a good general purpose thread. Certainly, if you are new to sewing then the Moon 120 would be a good starter thread, given the value for money and amount of thread you get.
The thread is strong enough for general sewing tasks and garment construction however I would probably use something different for heavy duty items. When comparing to another well known brand, the Moon thread is slightly ‘fluffier’ and softer to touch.
This has its benefits as the thread appears more visible; for example decorative topstitching, embroidery or appliqué.
The downside is that you will probably get frustrated if used for a lot of hand sewing: The extra ‘fluff’ can cause tangles and knots but by running through some beeswax first will help.
Moons 120 has an added bonus as it works exceptionally well in an overlocker. I often use it myself rather than the large cones.
You can colour match the fabric easily and buying 4 rolls of Moon 120 is a lot cheaper than buying 4 overlocker cones. Or why not have a different colour for each needle and looper to make a statement seam? (Another Top Tip!)
A good quality thread made by a reputable brand. The pot luck box sets from William Gee are not only inexpensive but give you a good choice of colour palettes. Would I recommend them? Yes, of course as I use them myself and never had an issue. So why not pick up a box and join the ‘Pot Luck’ party.
Now to think up a Tropical themed make….Hawaiian shirt anyone?
Until next time….Happy Sewing!