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Thread: Duh! (and another newbie question about thread)

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    rayone's Avatar
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    So i start my quilting class on Monday. I am super excited about this quilt b/c i am soooo in love with my fabric, its scary how much i would be willing to marry it... i love it so much. I take it out every few days to look at it and admire it. Aw... bliss. Anywho, i've been excited to start my class and it just dawned on me.... i have no thread! Duh!

    Which has led me to start questioning what kind of thread to get? What color? And of course I have no idea what I'm doing, i'm looking for opinions and advice and wonder how everyone else chooses.

    I am making this quilt.... (Queen of Diamonds by Atkinson Designs). http://www.oldegreencupboard.com/que...20diamonds.jpg

    And I am using darker teals/blues/browns as my color scheme. Very, very beautiful browns and teals I might add (if you hadn't caught that in the first gushing paragraph). Oh, and my "white" fabric (from the example) is a cream color with little blue paisley.

    What kind of thread should i be buying? And what color? And why would you suggest that (just so i know the through process so eventually I can do this on my own)

    I will be machine piecing this together, i can't even think that far ahead to the quilting part


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    i use neutral shades for all my piecing (cream, taupe, grey, etc).

    the only time i worry that my thread must match the fabric in color is when i'm pressing the seams open.

    if you press the seams to one side you really won't see the thread used for piecing.

    fashion sewing requires matching thread much more than quilters do.

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    I use 100% cotton machine quilting thread for my machine piecing. For your project, I'd find a color to match the cream fabric. The cream fabric borders all the other fabrics in the pattern. If you set your machine to 2.5mm stitch length or less, you won't see the thread anyway. At least, I can't on the pieces I do.

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    Senior Member ai731's Avatar
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    Maxville, Ontario, Canada
    I'm a new quilter, so I'm no expert, but here's what I do:

    I always use 100% cotton thread. This is because polyester or mixed thread is stronger than 100% cotton fabric (or thread), and in time the stronger thread could rip the 100% cotton fabric.

    I very roughly match the thread colour to one of the lighter colours in my fabrics - roughly because I buy large spools of thread for machine piecing and the larger spools tend to come in fewer colours. If my fabric has a fair amount of white, or I'm using very pale or white blender fabrics, I use white thread.

    For instance: I'm currently making a quilt using the reds/browns/blacks in <a href="http://mordac.unitednotions.com/stor...&ctg_id=121897">Moda's Bistro</a> fabric range, and I'm piecing it with a brownish-burgundy thread.

    In your case I would use cream or white thread.


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    Super Member sewjoyce's Avatar
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    I now use 100% cotton quilting thread when piecing. My LQS recommends that you use a neutral color (off white, gray, taupe, etc.)

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    I generally use cotton thread in neutral tones - beige or grey, but for the piecing, I have on occasion just used up what was on the bobbin. Now I do try to match the weight of the bobbin and top thread.

    I like Star brand thread and the big spools from Connecting Threads.

    Once I read a horror story from a beginning quilter who had used a serger cone thread to do all her piecing and when she pressed her blocks, the thread melted and she undid all her work. Not sure what the fiber content was - but it had a low melt point.

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    Senior Member QuiltinLee's Avatar
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    I usually use a light gray 100% cotton for piecing because it will blend in the best with different colors.

    Now the quilting part is a different matter. I have used rayon, variegated, metallic, silk and cotton - it all depends on what the project tells me to do (yes, the fabric talks to me and I always listen to the voices inside my head :D )

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    I use a neutral cotton thread to piece. If my fabric is dark I use gray and if it is light I use cream. I really like Connecting Threads thread, but have used Coats and Clarks thread too.

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    I was wondering if any one uses the long staple cotton thread, such as the egyptian thread. They say that it creates much less lint in your sewing machine. Was told to look at a strand of coats and clark thread and you can see all the fuzz sticking out of the thread because they use short stable thread, and true you do see it. Now looking into a brand of cotton long staple thread, would any one have any suggestion?

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    I piece my quilts with either off white or grey. Works for me.

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