A Love of Quilts and Travel

Hanover Holidays is a group of 52 Canadian quilters with a love for quilting and traveling. In the Fall of 2017, this group of women went on an extensive trip to celebrate the 150th birthday of their beloved Canada. They toured exciting, quilting related landmarks such as The Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, The Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Missouri, and a Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. The group also enjoyed some time with the Mississippi Quilt and Fibre group. Ending their trip was a stop at the Quilt Gardens of Shipshewana, Indiana where they took in the sites, attended a musical, and squeezed in a bit of fabric shopping.

To keep this lovely group of hand quilters and long arm quilters sewing on their trip, they enjoyed donations of Gütermann hand quilting thread and cones of Signature® cotton quilting thread. This kept them traveling and stitching their way across the South East and Mid West.

Plans for a 2018 trip are in the works and we can't wait to hear of their voyage - happy trails and happy quilting, ladies!

Posted April 27, 2018


A&E Gütermann Consumer Division Welcomes VDTA

Preceding the 2018 SDTA/VDTA trade show in Charlotte, NC, A&E Gütermann Consumer Division organized a How Thread is Made Facility Tour on our Mt Holly, NC campus. Over 47 visitors turned out for the event including store owners and designers.

The tour consisted of two main sessions - a tour of our dyeing and finishing plant and a journey through our consumer building. The plant tour provided everyone with a glimpse into what goes into making Intressa®, Maxi-Lock®, PermaCore®, Signature® and Robison-Anton® thread. Dyeing procedures and finishing processes were demonstrated in our state of the art facility and guests were shown the extensive steps taken to perform this work while leaving little to no mark on our environment.

While at the consumer building, attendants were shown our lovely Gütermann Sewing Studio overflowing with various Gütermann products and our A&E showroom that provides a dramatic presentation of all A&E thread brands and YKK® zippers. Guests were also given a presentation on our website and social media platforms as well as given brief histories on both American & Efird and Gütermann companies as they came together to form the A&E Gütermann Consumer Division. Finishing up the tour, a professional photographer was on site to capture keepsake photos of each guest and a quilt binding demo was performed by designer, Christine Zane.

The response we received from our attendees was overwhelmingly positive. We are grateful that everyone had such a wonderful time while also learning about the hard work we put into making quality thread. Thank you to all who came out and for sharing your experiences and joy.

A big thank you to the following stores for sharing their stories of the event on social media and allowing us to share their photos: Coastal Sewing & Appliance, Corvallis Vacuum & Sewing, DIY Style, Quilts and Lace, Sew-A-Lot, and Sew Suite Studio. Have photos from the tour that you want to share? Email us at consumerhomepage@amefird.com or tag Gütermann of America or Robison-Anton Embroidery on facebook.

Posted April 4, 2018


The Insider on Why YKK®

If you've ever taken a close look at the zippers on your clothes, you've probably noticed the letters "YKK," in all capitals, on a lot of them. They're on everything from jeans, to coats, to sleeping bags.

YKK® has a reputation unrivaled in the fashion industry. It's completely vertically integrated, which means that the company controls every part of the zipper manufacturing process, from smelting the metal to packaging the finished zippers. As Seth Stevenson wrote in Slate, "YKK makes incredibly dependable zippers, ships them on time without fail, offers a wide range of colors, materials, and styles, and never gets badly undercut on price."

Because of its reliability, YKK is popular for manufacturers. We've all felt the pain
of a zipper breaking, ruining an entire garment. It just makes more sense to go with a reliable brand. And that's why YKK zippers are everywhere. Read full article here...

Posted March 19, 2018
Writing Credit: Jacob Shamsian, Insider.


Charity Quilts

The Charity Quilt group of Washington began in 2012 with 5 ladies interested in quilting. They all lived in an older community and shared a love of quilting and giving back to the community. Now 15 strong with ages ranging from 55 to 98, they enjoy meeting weekly and creating beautiful quilts for amazing causes. These remarkable women create 200 to 400 quilts and pillows every year for dialysis and chemotherapy patients, the local Children's Outreach Organization, and for various other people going through difficult times. The Charity Quilt group vows to be there whenever needed and to continue to brighten the days of these grateful people while easing their suffering.

"Your generous donation of Gütermann thread will be in every stitch that goes into our quilts and pillows. Thank you from all of us."
-Joann Brockmann

I think we speak for everyone when we say, it is the ladies of Charity Quilts that deserve the thank you for the meaningful work they do every single day!

Posted March 5, 2018


VDTA Highlights the History of American & Efird

American & Efird LLC, well known as A&E, has a long and rich history. Pioneered in 1891 by Charles Hutchison under the name Nims Manufacturing Company and built over 126 years, A&E is the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world's second largest manufacturer of sewing thread. Well established in the global markets are the Industrial Sewing Thread, Embroidery Thread, Technical Textiles, and A&E Gutermann Consumer Divisions. The A&E Gutermann Consumer Division focuses on producing threads and notions sold to the independent retailers, which enable today's home sewers and quilters to see their projects materialize. Read more...

Posted February 23, 2018


VDTA Spotlight on Gütermann's History

When American & Efird LLC acquired Gütermann Thread Company in 2014, the German-based company was celebrating a rich history of 150 years! Let's explore Gütermann's company timeline and their innovations in the European textile market.

Max Gütermann established the Gütermann company in Vienna in 1864, producing silk threads. By 1873 at the World Exposition in Vienna, Gütermann initiated the selling of thread by the meter rather than by weight for the consumer. In 1884 Max reached a 20 year-long goal to achieve independent production along with handing the company over to his five sons. Read more...

Posted February 9, 2018


Lake Oconee Quilters Guild Head to Georgia

This past Spring, the Lake Oconee Quilters Guild had their biennial retreat at the Little Oculgee State Park in Georgia. Since 2003, the Guild's purpose has been to promote the art and craft of quilting through encouragement and education, while building fellowship within their community. At these retreats, they bring in talent and expertise from renowned quilt and fiber artists from all over and within their Guild to present classes and workshops for their members. The group uses this as an opportunity to enjoy their shared passion, meet new people, gain more skills, and to be invigorated by the talent and friendships that abound.

Just look at the great fun these members had! Playing games, winning prizes and working on charity quilts, everyone enjoyed themselves. One of the prize winners received a 24 pack of our Signature® cotton thread so she may continue her passion with great thread.

Posted January 29, 2018


The Iron Quilter Challenge - Fall Quilt Market 2017

Fall Quilt Market 2017 marked the reoccurance of the Iron Quilter Challenge in Houston, Texas. Six teams of hardworking ladies raced to the finish line with their creativity, fabric, and thread in hand. With only two hours to work their magic, the challenge was set. Although the time was limited and tensions were high, these ladies managed to put out some amazing designs!

When the final bell rang and the votes all tallied, the winner was announced - Pam Holland and Her Possums!

Not only an exciting event to watch, the contest served a great purpose. The following day, all of the quilt tops created by the contestants for this challenge and the previous Fall Quilt Market IQC are auctioned off to benefit the Texas Quilt Museum. Now that's a double win!

Posted December 1, 2017


The Vendor Walk at Baby Lock Tech 2017

Every year, Baby Lock holds the Baby Lock Tech event where vendors and stores meet to discuss the world of sewing and their products. Always a festive and fun event, this year's event in St Louis, Missouri was no different! A great time was had by all and some amazing vendors came out. If you weren't able to make it, don't fret! Christopher Blakeman from Blakeman Vacuum and Sewing made a terrific Facebook Live video with Nicci Brazzell of Nicci's Embroidery that includes a walkthrough of the entire vendor floor.

View the video here and take note that yours truly, A&E Gutermann, appears at the 30:01 mark!

Posted November 8, 2017


The Iron Quilter Challenge - Spring Quilt Market 2017

Twice a year at the Fall and Spring International Quilt Markets, teams of quilters rise from the ashes to compete in the famed Iron Quilter Challenge. These members cut, stitch, and iron their way into the race to make the best lap size quilt possible in 90 minutes. As shown in the photos below, there is some serious concentration and excitement that takes place as these talented quilters work their way through the competition.

The winner of the Spring 2017 Iron Quilter Challenge was Team Stone Cold Foxes, led by Karen K. Stone. Congrats to all who participated!

Who will win the Fall 2017 Iron Quilter Challenge? We will just have to anxiously wait as these remarkable contestants show us what their made of next week!

Posted October 25, 2017


A Quilter's Retreat

Once a month, quilters from various quilting groups (The Stitching Witches, In Stitches, and Heritage) get together for a day of quilting and comradery. These women have found they enjoy not only quilting, but also the friendships that come from their common interest.

In addition to their monthly get togethers, they also have a grand Quilter's Retreat once a year in Maine that everyone looks forward to. At this event, all have a great time sharing both their love of quilting and enthusiasm for the craft.

Here you see some of the quilters enjoying using our Gütermann cotton quilting thread on their retreat in March.

Just look at all of those smiles!

Posted October 11, 2017


Serging to Win

This past March, A&E Gütermann's Maxi-Lock® sponsored a Serger Contest with PatternReview.com. Contestants were instructed to use only serger thread to sew an item or outfit in its entirety. Out of 26 entries, the final winner was chosen by member vote and that prize goes to Annette Wright!

Anette created a beautifully constructed cardigan and disclosed, "I chose this pattern as I knew I could sew it completely on the serger and use my conver-stitch machine for interesting contrasting thread work...Super cute little jacket/cardigan. When I make it next time I'll be adding pockets!"

Congratulations, Annette! We look forward to seeing your next creation.

View all of the contest entries and comments at Pattern Review Serger Contest.

Posted September 27, 2017