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Thread: 100 % Cotton thread for piecing a top?

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    Junior Member J.M.'s Avatar
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    Is it a myth that you need to use 100% cotton thread to piece a quilt top? It's what I learned in my beginner's course at my LQS, but at another LQS in my neighborhood, they don't even sell 100 % cotton thread for sewing my blocks! So, myth or not? :?:

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    Choice. In my first class they only used Gutterman thread and this is my thread of choice.

    Welcome from Iowa!

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    Here is my take on thread, if Long Armers are using poly threads to quilt with, why do we have to use cotton to piece? Poly thread is made much better now than it was years ago. Use what YOU want to use :D:D:D

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    I'm so glad to hear this as I have tons of Gutterman poly thread and always thought something would happen if I used it...

    Murphy, do you mean Gutterman 100% cotton only?

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    I was told that one should use the same thread as the fabric (cotton thread on cotton fabric). Other wise the poly thread will out last the cotton and over time will start pulling and wearing down the stitch hole. I have no idea if this is correct or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yolanda
    I was told that one should use the same thread as the fabric (cotton thread on cotton fabric).
    That's what I heard as well, but since my LQS sells only 100% cotton fabric, but 35% cotton 65% polyester thread, I'm figuring (with the previous comments in mind) that this isn't exactly true...

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    I think it is myth - I use whatever I have on hand :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.M.
    Is it a myth that you need to use 100% cotton thread to piece a quilt top? It's what I learned in my beginner's course at my LQS, but at another LQS in my neighborhood, they don't even sell 100 % cotton thread for sewing my blocks! So, myth or not? :?:
    It's a grand theory...but how long will it take for the thread to outlast the fabric? Where will you be in 100 years and will you really care? If you are making quilts for your friends and family here and now, I say work with what you have.

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    I use both cotton and polyester for piecing quilts as well as the quilting. I pretty much pick my thread by the color I need. I haven't had a problem with fabric damage or laundering issues.

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    I agree with J.M. use what you have for now, look to keep a stash of cotton threads when you can find them. I don't think that the "Quilt Police" are in your area at this time.

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