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Thread: Applique thread question

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    Junior Member Pinkrose4664's Avatar
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    Hi

    What thread does everyone use for Machine Applique? Reg. thread seems to be very then and does not show much.

    Thanks
    Anna

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    Super Member Prism99's Avatar
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    Do you mean for satin stitch applique? For invisible machine applique people usually use 3mm monofilament or silk thread. For blanket stitch applique, I have use two strands of embroidery cotton. For satin stitch, I personally have used rayon thread that I get on big cones from a warehouse outlet; I'm not sure what others use for satin stitch applique.

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    Junior Member Pinkrose4664's Avatar
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    I meant "thin". :roll:
    I would like my stitches (blanket) to be thicker than regular thead makes them.


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    For blanket stitch, many websites recommend topstitching thread for the top (regular thread in the bobbin). Harriet Hargrave recommends 30/2 thread; I don't know if that's the same as topstitching thread or not.

    I think what I have used in the past is #9 crochet cotton (much thicker than topstitching thread, comes in balls rather than spools; have found it in quilt shops and other places).

    You can also double-up a thread to get a heavier effect. Try doubling up your regular thread. To do this, put two spools on the machine and thread together as if they were one thread. Some people recommend threading one strand through the right side of your upper tension disc an the other through the left side of the tension disc, otherwise treating them as one strand; I have done this too. I would not recommend trying this with #9 crochet cotton; too thick!!!

    You will probably have to experiment a little to determine what effect you get from different threads and doubling up on a thread.

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    You can buy heavier weight thread. Instead of 50wt get 28wt.

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