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Thread: What thread to use

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    Super Member miss_ticky2's Avatar
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    What thread to use

    Hi...I've been asked to recover some cushions that came out of a caravan. It's a nice fairly thick woven upholstery fabric that the lady has chosen. I've just realised I don't have any upholstery thread and wondered if anyone had used normal sewing thread. I wondered if sewing the seams a couple of times (or maybe 3) would provide enough strength or would I be better off to see if I can get the proper thread. The other thing, I'm wondering how the thicker thread would go in my machine...Janome

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    I think you would be okay - but I would use a polyester thread for strength.
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    Thanks Patti...I decided after all to brave this nasty weather we are having and went and got some upholstery thread
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    I use regular thread for sewing upholstery-type fabs all the time with home dec sewing. Done seat cushions, drapes, etc. with no issues.

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    I tried to use upholstery thread in my Brother 8500D and it did not sew at all. I made slip covers out of fairly heavy cotton duct, and pillows from upholstry fabric. I used regular thread and usually made two rows of stitching. Worked well for me.
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    I've used upholstery thread in my vintage Kenmore with no problems. I'm not sure my electronic Brother would handle it. It doesn't like heavier fabric.
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    I have used polyester thread for sewing home decor items, its stronger than my usual cotton threads.

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. It's good to know you've had success with normal sewing thread. If it was for me I would have just used what I had but when it was for someone else, who's paying, I didn't want to take the risk..lol.
    I'm happy to report that my Janome (7700) is handling the thread beautifully, although I did put in the blue dot bobbin case so I had a lower bobbin tension. I probably didn't need to do that but it was there so thought I'd use it. And I'm using a topstitch needle (no 12..I think) and the machine just purrs along
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