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Thread: Polyester vs cotton thread

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    I've always been told to quilt with cotton fabric and always cotton thread but most of what's carried at Joann's is polyester. Any one have any information re polyester thread on cotton fabric. I heard it would cut the fabric because of it's strength.

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    I've used coats and clarks dual duty (the kind that is cotton and polyester) for years - I have two quilts in my living room that get used a LOT - and there are absolutely no issues with the thread cutting the fabrics.

    I haven't used 100% polyester thread for quilting, so don't have any advice or opinions on that.

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    I haven't found polyester thread to be a problem in damaging fabric in quilting but then I've just been using it in my scrap heavy usage quilts and my community quilts. If I were making an heirloon quilt, I would make sure that the thread I used was cotton and matched the fabric. I think it all goes back to the result you are expecting. Match your fabric, thread and batting. Quilts that will be used and washed freqently probably should be made using polyester batting and thread for maximum long life.

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    I have "heard " that as well about poly thread.... and for the over 30 years that I have been quilting , I have never had this happen nor have I seen this happen on any quilt.
    We used poly thread on clothing before quilting became popular and none of the clothing had this happen and the clothing took more use /abuse than alot of quilts.

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    Ditto!

    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I've used coats and clarks dual duty (the kind that is cotton and polyester) for years - I have two quilts in my living room that get used a LOT - and there are absolutely no issues with the thread cutting the fabrics.

    I haven't used 100% polyester thread for quilting, so don't have any advice or opinions on that.

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    I have no idea why cotton thread is the thread to use. Most all bobbin thread is poly because thin cotton thread will break easy. Here is great info about poly thread:

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...zing-substance

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have no idea why cotton thread is the thread to use. Most all bobbin thread is poly because thin cotton thread will break easy. Here is great info about poly thread:

    http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...zing-substance
    I forgot to add - one was made in 1995 and the other was probably made in 1996 or 1997.

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    I happily mix all types of media and pay no attention to the "rules". Aren't they made to be broken? Use what you like, what you can afford, and what makes you happy!

    When I die, I don't want anyone looking back on my "works of art" and saying, "Yeah! She followed ALL the rules when making these!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjtinkle
    I happily mix all types of media and pay no attention to the "rules". Aren't they made to be broken? Use what you like, what you can afford, and what makes you happy!

    When I die, I don't want anyone looking back on my "works of art" and saying, "Yeah! She followed ALL the rules when making these!"
    Love that attitude....Thanks for reminding me that I really don't like rules.

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    My Janome dealer says every quilt in their shop is made with polyester Gutermann. That is all I use and my machine is just so happy with it.

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