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Thread: Clear Thread

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    I am quilting stars onto a quilt made from the pajamas of my friends Mother who passed away last year. I had to make 2 because she had twins, a boy and a girl. I didn't want to take away from the fabric so I bought clear thread. OMG! I am having so much trouble! It keeps bunching up in the machine and knotting the fabric so I have to keep stopping, cutting and unclogging! It's making me just hate to go anywhere near these quilts!! Please, what am I doing wrong?!! I am 3/4 of the way done with the girls quilt and my husband says I should just use a blue for the boys for the quilting part but again, It just takes away from the Grandmothers pajamas. Please HELP ME!!!

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    Clear thread can be persnickety, you have to change your thread tension. When I'm using invisible thread I set my thread tension to 2.5. Try doing that and see if that helps. :)

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    Thank you for responding! I will change the tension and I'll let you know if it works. But, mark my words, if it doesn't. I will NEVER use that thread again!!

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    I have three different machines, all different manufacturers, and not one will accept invisible thread. I just gave up, not worth the time. Blue sounds nice......

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    I recently used this for the first time, and was having alot of issues with the tension and looping around the spool pin etc. I had great results from using the free standing spool holder behind the machine. If you havent got one, try placing the bobbin in to a glass behind the machine, good luck :D

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    OH! Great idea! I will take a look at my machine, I'm pretty sure I do have a free standing spool holder. Thank you!

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    Just a thought....If the spool has a little nick cut for the end of the thread...make sure this is on the bottom so it doesn't catch on it as it is pulled upwards from the bobbin :D

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    Izy--I do not have a free standing spool holder, but was having the same problems. I placed my spool in a jar behind my machine and it worked too. I hate using nylon thread for just this reason!!

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    I use the smoke threads and use sewers ease I think it's called, the same stuff you use when using the metallic threads. Makes it unroll easier... After I started doing that it worked perfectly. Although my old Kenmore hated it and I adjusted the tension for better results. I even use it in the bobbin. Not sure that it's recommended for that but my Janome works well with it.

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    What are "smoke threads" or "sewers ease"?

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