Most basic books on sergers advise against trying to match looper thread to the fabric. A more economical approach, these books say, is to buy cones of neutral colors that can blend with, rather than match the fabric. An Obsessive Sewer like me cringes at such a suggestion. Matching thread is the latest obsession I've chosen to indulge.
Atlanta Thread Supply. When sewing woven fabrics, in addition to the conventional machine, I use the five thread stitch on my serger: two-thread chain stitch + three-thread overlock. I thought the 1100 yard spools (sale price - $1.85) would be a perfect way to buy matching thread to be used for the overlock stitch. I'd have over 700 colors from which to choose. I downloaded the color chart from the ATS site, but I didn't trust it. The colors changed from monitor to printer and neither matched the color chart printed in the catalog. So, I spent $18 on the Real Thread Gutermann Color Chart. My plan was to use the Real Thread chart to select matching thread to be used for the overlock stitch and get thread for the chain stitch and conventional machine by shopping my thread stash or buying it from JoAnn. I'd have five spools that matched the fabric and each other perfectly.
for my next several projects) and spent over $30. What if none of the thread matched the fabrics? I had no choice but to wait for the thread to arrive from ATS. It was an obsessive sewer's nightmare.
Now, if I could only convince ATS to have the 1100 yd spools permanently on sale, life would be perfect!