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Who would have thought something as simple as a spool of sewing thread could cause anxiety or frustration?

If you have ever used a sewing machine you will understand.

Once upon a time a spool of thread came from the local fabric store.  It was matched to the fabric you wanted to use, put onto the spool holder, fill a bobbin, thread the needle and sew.

My mother taught me and my daughter to sew in her kitchen while she baked and cooked our meals “from scratch”.  I can’t remember many problems from the spool of thread that was made of cotton or silk.

Fast forward a few years and  that same thread is now made from a filament of polyester that is wound or covered by cotton or whatever they are using today.  That thread has a tendency to separate in the sewing process and really mess up the sewing machine and fabric that usually becomes jammed in the mechanism that holds the bobbin.

I know, you are supposed to change the needle.  Ok, I did. Twice.  Still no luck sewing a simple seam.

So, while still frustrated from the above experience, I called the 800 number for Coats and Clark Company that is located in South Carolina, USA.  I was greeted pleasantly and quickly transferred to another pleasant lady in the customer service department.

We discussed my predicament, and I assured her, yes I did change the needle – twice, each time it broke while jammed in my brand new sewing machine. And, I did clean out all the accumulated lint balls that were also jammed into my brand new sewing machine.

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While I had the undivided attention of customer service I asked why the exact spools I had in my supply worked fine, it wasn’t until I bought a matching color that I had a problem.  I noticed the only difference was that the new stuff was made in Mexico, not USA.  Why can’t I buy the USA thread that has served my  family for more years than you have been working for Coats and Clark.

“Mam, the thread is made in China, then sent to Mexico where it is wound onto spools then sent to USA where it is distributed from the global market”.

“Woah! Why do we have to ship this thread all across the globe just so I can sew a hem in a pair of my husbands trousers? What happened to the local market where neighbors worked in the plants and if the product malfunctioned one could just go to the plant and ask for an explanation?  And while we are discussing this – what is  the purpose?  I paid more for this thread that was produced in a salary depressed, labor surplus country, why am I paying more?”

“Oh,” was the reply, “that spool of thread would cost 30 times more if it was made in the USA”.

Is anyone making thread on a spinning wheel?

8 responses to this post.

  1. Undeniably believe that that you stated. Your favorite reason seemed to be at the web the simplest thing to understand of. I say to you, I certainly get annoyed while other people consider issues that they just don’t recognize about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest as smartly as outlined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , folks can take a signal. Will probably be back to get more. Thanks!



  2. But a smiling visitant here to share the love (:, btw great design and style . “Forget regret, or life is yours to miss.” by Jonathan Larson.



  3. Posted by Tina Matava on February 29, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Thanks for your post



  4. Posted by lynn on February 26, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    thinking of you today. and then your post touched me. I have heard that you should not get in the way of an angry mother – your picture should be next to that saying.



  5. You are so correct. A better product is not the purpose, I would say. This was certainly a lesson in global markets.



  6. Posted by Cowboy on February 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

    So much of what was once made in America is now being made in China. I think mostly greed, wanting to make a bigger corporate profit has caused this…….



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