Interested in doing your bit to save the planet one stitch at a time?
If there was one product you could switch out from your sewing tool box to a more sustainable version, would you do it?
Earlier this year, I used recycled polyester threads to sew up a range of projects with lots of different fabric types. The Guterman rPet range consists of” sew all” threads for machine sewing, and a “top stitch” thread. I use top-stitch for hand sewing which is a good benchmark for testing performance. There are many threads that just don’t cut it when hand-sewing, so I was really curious to see how both these threads compared.
Experiment 1- Cotton
A simple tote bag from some gorgeous striped Guterman fabric. Thread performed really well with no difference from the regular Guterman sew all. Cotton is however the most forgiving of all fabric, and even a poor quality polyester often sews up well, so further experimentation was definitely required
Experiment 2- Waxed oilcloth
I gifted this wash bag sewn from British Millerain oil cloth. This cloth is treated with oil, and can be tricky to sew with. Again thread performed very well, with no difference. Since this is a robust fabric despite the oil, further testing on trickier fabric was needed.
Experiment 3- Jersey
Another recent gift was a Longley waterfall cardigan, sewn up in gorgeous teal Ponte Roma. Since this fabric contains some lycra I thought it would be a good challenge for the rPet thread. Again, no difference in performance!
Experiment 4- Silk
My final machine experiment was sewing up a silk satin pyjama shirt. It wasn’t the best quality silk, so this was a good challenge for the thread, but again the thread performed well
Experiment 5- Hand sewing
Since I hand sew a lot, I’m very particular about my threads! I tested the top-stitch thread on button and hems, and enjoyed using the rPet version just as much as the regular thread.
So in conclusion I am totally going to swap my threads over to the recycled rPet version. Still need convincing? Here’s some hard fact and figures
- One plastic bottle makes 1000 m of thread- that’s one bottle out of the ocean or landfill
- The cost of these threads is THE SAME as the regular version ie £1.95 for a single reel, or £10.95 for the special 7 reel packs.
As a heavy thread user, it makes no sense for me not to use the recycled product. At the moment the colour range is only 40, but as more people take up using this product, then the range will expand. This one little switch really could help reduce plastic waste. You can find a local stockist via this e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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