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    Senior Member barb55's Avatar
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    quilting thread

    What size thread do you use to quilt with. I have heard of size 90 thread, do any of you use this?
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    I like Americana the best.. It says 137m on it. 100% glazed cotton. and the price is great. I have tried Gutterman also and do not like it as well. I think it tangles alot. Oh.. I hand quilt. not machine.

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    hand or machine, I think they are different, machine 30wt-50wt depending on the look you want to achieve 30wt really stands out because it is thicker

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    I have used 50 wt on my DSM and when I rent a LA at my LQS. I have one that I'm going to try to do with a finer thread, maybe 70 wt to see how that looks.
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    I use superior thread 50 wt on my long arm. my regular sewing
    machines just use gutterman cotton.

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    I agree with Joset. Superior Tjread site has a big selection.

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    i've never heard of anyone quilting with a thread as thin/fine as 90 wt.
    i use 40-60 wt threads for machine quilting. sometimes a heavier thread (30wt) for hand quilting.
    i do know that sometimes people will use 100 wt silk thread for very tiny-fill in dense quilting-
    but i think the norm is between 40 & 60 wt.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    For top stitching by machine (mostly in the ditch for me) I use quilting thread for machines. I don't know or understand size threads, but I am willing to learn. Is there a tutorial for me anywhere. Will help give me more knowledge.


    Quote Originally Posted by barb55 View Post
    What size thread do you use to quilt with. I have heard of size 90 thread, do any of you use this?
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I use a 40 or 50 weight on top. I've even used a 30 weight once--Sulky Blendables. In the bobbin, I prefer the 60 weight poly pre-wounds. The weight has something to do with how much the thread would weigh if stretched out over a mile, I think. I go buy how bulky it appears to my eyes. C&C All Purpose thread is supposedly a 50 weight but if you compare it to their 50 weight cotton machine quilting thread--it seems much thinner. I guess the cotton wrapped poly core weighs more than a triple cotton strand. And I'm not going to stretch it out over a mile to weight it--LOL.
    Beverly

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    I just got a couple of spools of #100 wt. silk kimono thread from Superior Threads. I really like it for piecing. It's like using a finely tuned instrument. Really nice. It was $11 or $12 a spool on a "try it" special (usually $17); but let me tell you, I wish all my thread was this silk stuff! Plus there is a lot of yards on that spool. For FMQ I use the #30 or #40 rayon or poly---however, if you want the quilting to really show, the cotton heavier threads and variegated ones are a good product.

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