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Thread: Best Hand Quilting Thread

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    I would like to get the experienced quilters suggestions for choosing a hand sewing thread. Which is the best? I've heard that Mettler or Gutterman are good choices. Are there better threads. I prefer to have a 100% cotton. And what about weight. I'm currently taking a hand applique class and I'm using Mettler 60 wgt. I'm new to the quilting world and I'm trying to find out what I can use to product a good quality piece or work. Thanks so much everybody!

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    I like DMC (don't know if it's made anymore, I have a stash), Mettler, and Treasures by Superior. But Aurifil cotton mako, which can be used on the machine also, comes in various weights: 12, 28, 40, and 50. It actually works great also, with a little Thread Heaven or good ol' beeswax if needed.

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    For hand quilting I like YLI hand quilting thread. It's glazed and doesn't seem to knot or tangle much.

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    I use whatever hand quilting thread is in the color I need. I have used many different brands. Probably the one I use most is Coats & Clarks 100% glazed cotton. It work fine and doesn't tangle or twist....but it has to be the 100% glazed cotton...the cotton wrapped poly thread they have twists something awful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti Mahoney
    I would like to get the experienced quilters suggestions for choosing a hand sewing thread. Which is the best? I've heard that Mettler or Gutterman are good choices. Are there better threads. I prefer to have a 100% cotton. And what about weight. I'm currently taking a hand applique class and I'm using Mettler 60 wgt. I'm new to the quilting world and I'm trying to find out what I can use to product a good quality piece or work. Thanks so much everybody!
    I've heard (havent tried it yet) several gals that have done hand applique say they prefer silk thread for applique as it hide the stitches very well. (if you are doing needle turn that is). good luck. Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by aorlflood
    I use whatever hand quilting thread is in the color I need. I have used many different brands. Probably the one I use most is Coats & Clarks 100% glazed cotton. It work fine and doesn't tangle or twist....but it has to be the 100% glazed cotton...the cotton wrapped poly thread they have twists something awful.
    That's what I use, too. I don't get fussy about thread, whatever works. For applique I just use any cotton thread #50. Use the glazed and beeswax for hand quilting.

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    I used to use Coats & Clark hand quilting thread but when I went to purchase a different colour the LQS was out. I tried the Gutterman hand quilting thread and I liked it better. It tangled and knotted less than the C&C. Sorry, re-read your post and I think you are asking about hand SEWING thread? I don't do any hand sewing in quilt projects just machine sewing and I use Gutterman's regular sewing thread mostly for that.

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    I have been using Coats and Clark hand quilting glace thread with no difficulties to date.

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    I also love to use the YLI hand quilting thread because it's very strong and doesn't tangle much. Recently I have tried "Treasure", a varigated thread made by Superior Threads and this is also really good.

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    For hand quilting we recommend extra-long staple glazed cotton thread.

    For piecing we recommend #50 for cotton or Silk #100
    Both will blend in well for piecing and for applique.

    Having a glaze on cotton is great for hand quilting due to the added strength the glaze provides.

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