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Thread: Hand quilting threads

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    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
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    I have been a quilter for over 6 years and up to now have always machine quilted all mine, mainly because I was on heavy meds for Asthma which made my hands shake something terrible. Then in the middle of last year I found that I was so de-stressed, mainly thro' quilting and a new home life that I didn't need the meds.

    So now I would like to have a go at hand quilting, I have started on Big stitch quilting which is fine but the main reason I tried that out as using an ordinary cotton 40 weight thread, it looks so thin but it also gathers so easily.

    What thread would you Ladies recommend?

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    Here are some wonderful links for handquiting that I found http://www.thriftyideastoday.com/201...dquilting.html

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    I use a Hand Quilting thread!!

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    I use Coats hand quilting thread, but I am sure any hand quilting thread would do.

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    absolutely LOVE the YLI hand quilting thread. It is a glazed cotton thread that goes thru the eye of the needle first time and doesn't fray!! It also doesn't knot up when quilting :)

    I do find it difficult to buy locally, so i ordered some online and it was here in about 3 days.

    Coats & Clarks was ok, til i tried the YLI. Hate a polyester quilting thread and C&C can be poly - so be aware

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    JoAnn's carries a thread by Americana that I use. It comes in all kinds of colors and is only .99 a spool. Its a nice weight.

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    Americana and Star is what I used, but my favorite is the YLI it is the best for me too. Everyone has there own opinion so try a variety and see which works best for you

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    I use Sulky 12 wt. I love it! It seems to be the closest to the thread my grandmother used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 117becca
    absolutely LOVE the YLI hand quilting thread. It is a glazed cotton thread that goes thru the eye of the needle first time and doesn't fray!! It also doesn't knot up when quilting :)

    I do find it difficult to buy locally, so i ordered some online and it was here in about 3 days.

    Coats & Clarks was ok, til i tried the YLI. Hate a polyester quilting thread and C&C can be poly - so be aware


    What does YLI stand for??? Thanks:-)

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    Almost every thread company makes a handquilting thread but I prefer YLI as well. Handquilting thread have a different construction than those for machine. Id highly recommend buying or borrowing a copy of the book That Perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroy. She discusses the manufacture of hand quilting tools/materials and ergonomic handquilting techniques.

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