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Thread: Perle cotton for tying

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    Super Member pittsburgpam's Avatar
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    I've used yarn but wanted to try a smaller thread. I read about using perle cotton but not sure what size. I've seen online that it starts at 5 and goes to 12, 5 being the smallest.

    What size is good for tying?

    I also read about using embroidery floss and it said use all 6 strands. This is correct?

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    Hi Pam,

    I use the heavier weight perle cotton to tie mine. I went in and checked for the size, and wouldn't you know the labels were of no help telling the sizes. It is the dishcloth weight that I use. I am sure when you go and look at them in the store, you will see the one I am talking about or maybe choose what you think is best for your quilt. I have also used the embrodery thread, it is ok and seperates after washing to a fringy thing.

    You didn't mention the crewel yarn or yarn. I have used those too. Often they are the choice for the texture of soft ties and the colors are limitless. (They don't shrink either) I would just go shoopping and look to see what there is at the store and choose what color and material content that you need. Or .... better yet ... make up a small square of your fabric sandwich, tie it with different mediums and wash it. Then you will know for sure how it will come out after washing and how the colors react with your quilt.

    Make sure you place the ties about a hands length away. You want it to last, right? I know people that make up a square card and use that to measure the spacing. Oh and to buy the batting that allows for the longest distance between quilting.

    Oh... edited to say.... that you can also use cut lengths of 100 % poyester 5mm ribbon, machine tack in the center of it in the same manner that you woud tie a quilt. A different look alltogether. And don't forget you can tie/tack from the back side if you wish not to break up your designs on the front.

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    I remember tying some with perle that were done with the "birthing" method, but just bought regular pearle cotton, nothing fancy.

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    I use the pearl when I Tie...I can't get the needles through with anything bigger :D

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    Pam, I have used Perle cotton and DMC on different projects. The size Perle Cotton you use really depends more on your quilt than anything. If I was tying a denim quilt I would use a thicker heavier thread. When using DMC floss I have used all 6 strands. I start with my thread on top of the quilt, take a tiny tacking stitch, leaving my thread tail on the top of the quilt, then a second little stitch in the same place. I then tie my thread tails in a knot and cut off, leaving about a 3/8" tail in place.

    Caution---some DMC floss will fade. I have had trouble with red more than any other color. I always soak my floss in cool water with a tiny bit of detergent in it. If it fades I set it with vinegar, or try another color!

    Hope this helps.

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    I have always used 6-strand
    embroidery floss as I find
    great deals on bags of it at
    thrift shops or garage sales.

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll look around when I'm next at the store and see what appeals to me in perle/floss.

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    Our church group uses #3 perle cotton, seems to work fine and comes in different colors

    simple quilter

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    You have your weights backwards...it's higher number, thinner thread. Perle Cotton comes in 3, 5, 8, 12, and 16...3 is the thickest and 16 is the thinnest. #5 is the same weight as 6 strands of embroidery floss.

    And I think Marcia meant to say embroidery floss runs, instead of fades...though it does that too. :lol:

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    Crochet cotton works too. And is cheaper than pearl cotton. One or two strands will do the trick. I prefer baby or sport yarn for tying if I can get the right color.

    My MIL used store string, that is all she had or could afford so try whatever you have. Pearl no. 5 would be my choice.

    Carol J.

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