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Thread: Crash course in threads

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    Senior Member k_jupiter's Avatar
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    I am as environmentally friendly as anyone... but show me why I should use organic thread.

    I primarily use Mettler's Silky 50/2 for piecing, I use 100% cotton 40/3 thread of different brands for most quilting. I like the thickness it gives my quilting lines. I do have some of that Egyptian 100% cotton thread, but you know, it doesn't make much difference in the machine.

    For 50/2 I use a size 75 needle, for 40/3 I use a 90.

    Having the strongest thread is not necessarily the best option. Too strong a thread, it will eventually cut your quilt fabric into small pieces. I did use a polyester thread (Sewfine)on the back of my latest quilt, but it's because my backing fabric is fairly heavy compared to normal quilting 100% cotton fabric. I suspect that quilt will out last me, and my daughter who gets it and she is only 12.

    tim in san jose

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    I have been trying to figure out since I saw it, what the advantage to "organic" cotton thread would be. Just thought it was interesting. It seems like an excuse to charge more. I do see an advantage to organic in some things, haven't figured this one out.

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    :? :wink: I do Love the YLI Cotton Egyptian Thread in Multi Colors. I like the Threadart.com I have ordered more from Homesew.com or I use there catalog they send even better and Both TA and HS send it to my POBox which I Love as well, Now for C&C Thread my machines did perfect with the old made in USA But NOT The new of today made in Mexico unless I change the tension to a lower number your machine could be different. But the Mex. Thread is a Thinner Thread and that is the reason for the Trouble so the Tension needs to be changed. I Love the C&C Machine Quilting Thread I get a WM and they have it even though they don't have Fabric, Believe that one or not,They also have Sewing Machine but NO Fabrics, Oh well this is for thread. Good luck! I increased my Thread stash and Love it!!!!!

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    I also use their machine quilting thread, but usually the varigated varieties. Since they no longer carry fabrics is why I hadn't looked at thread recently, I stay away from that dept. But, the altenative is driving 45 miles or so to get a spool of thread.

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    If you really want to learn about thread, I suggest you sign up for the monthly newsletter from Superior thread. They educate their consumers on all the topics you have mentioned, and you can send them any question and they will answer it. the beginning of the year they send out a newsletter with the top 10 questions from the prior year. They are usually the same questions, such as, the age old debate of poly vs. cotton, aging of thread, how is thread made, what does Egyptian cotton mean, what is long stable and extra long stable cotton and so on. you can subscribe by going to www.superiorthreads.com and going to newsletter. And BTW, their answers are educational in nature, not just telling you how their product is made or holds up or is better than the competition. It is well worth reading their emails.
    Mindy

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