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Thread: Has anyone ever used Invisafil thread?

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    Has anyone ever used Invisafil thread?

    I am wanting to do some allpique work on a quilt, someone told me about Invisafil thread how it is wonderful to use for this pupose because it just sinks into the fabric and almost dissapears in the fabric , this is what i am wanting, any one that uses it can you tell me if this is true and is it good thread to use for appliques, and do you put it in top and bobbin both when using it ?

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    I have some and it does disappear, it's very fine thread but strong. For machine use I used 60/8 machine needle with it being in the bobbin and top. 70/10 topstitch needle worked great for machine quilting. For hand work it's like sewing with silk thread but much more economical.
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    I like to do invisible machine applique a la Harriet Hargrave and have always used YLI nylon monofilament for this purpose. Recently I bought some Invisafil thread in the color of the background fabric to try. The Invisafil thread itself is very nice, but my results with Invisafil were not as invisible as my results with YLI, so I will still be using YLI in my next project. I have also tried some invisible polyester threads (including the one from Superior) and found that they also are not quite as invisible as the YLI.

    When I use YLI for invisible machine applique, I use a 60-wt cotton thread in the bobbin and loosen the top tension on my machine, adjusting the stitch so that the bobbin thread never shows. My YLI is on a large cone, so I place the cone in a jar behind my machine, place a serger thread cover on top of it so the monofilament feeds out of the top of the cone, and use an "outrigger" for threading (a flat stick with one end going over the machine's thread spool and a hole in the other end for the thread to feed through).

    It really depends on how you want to use the Invisafil. If you are looking for something that will work for invisible machine applique (turned edges such as with freezer paper), then IMO Invisafil is not as good as YLI nylon monofilament.

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    I like using the Invisafil thread for machine applique. I use the color of the applique not the color of the background. I also use it for stitching anywhere I might use a finer thread like when hand sewing the binding. It now comes in 60 colors, as well, so can match just about anything. I don't usually use it in the bobbin, but when I do, I make sure I wind the bobbin on a slow speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by penski View Post
    I am wanting to do some allpique work on a quilt, someone told me about Invisafil thread how it is wonderful to use for this pupose because it just sinks into the fabric and almost dissapears in the fabric , this is what i am wanting, any one that uses it can you tell me if this is true and is it good thread to use for appliques, and do you put it in top and bobbin both when using it ?

    Thank you
    I have a 100% poly invisible. I'd have to go check the brand but it was about $10 for yards and yards and yards. I use a thread sock/net with mine to keep it from unwinding too fast and only use it on top. I don't have the nerve to try to put it on the bottom.

    Here's a hint that I learned here. When threading the machine, take a magic marker and darken the end of your thread so it's easier to see when threading.

    I only machine quilt very small items, but I've really liked the results when using the invisible thread.
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    thank you everyone for the information

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    I'm using white Invisafil for hand applique, right now for reverse applique with white over red. It works great. It tends to be a tad wiry, and you need to treat it a bit more delicately because it's such a fine thread. It's also lot harder to see when you're working on it (!). But because it's so delicate, it's very forgiving for those of us with modest skills -- it's that much harder to spot misplaced stitches. I like it and will keep on using it.

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