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Thread: Re: Transparent Thread

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    Does the transparent thread hold up to many washings and dryings? I'm using it in a lap quilt & I know my daughter will be washing it quite often. Should I go back & use regular all purpose thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
    Does the transparent thread hold up to many washings and dryings? I'm using it in a lap quilt & I know my daughter will be washing it quite often. Should I go back & use regular all purpose thread?
    I am not a fan of it. I find it cuts cotton fibers and weakens the fabric over time. I don't like it for kids stuff because it tends to be scratchy.

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    What brand did you use? I have used YLI nylon monofilament and it held up well.

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    This is the monofilament. Thank you!

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    I don't think the monofilament holds up to a lot of washings... there are others that would do better for that kind of laundering. JMHO

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    YLI monofilament is what Harriet Hargrave recommended for years. Don't have any of her latest editions, but I assume she still recommends it. HH was the first quilter to really put machine quilting on the map.....

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    Thank you all for your knowledgeable advice and for sharing the reasons you feel this way about monofilament. That helps me a lot!

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    not all invisible threads are created equal; nylon melts, monofilament can be pokey and seem like you sew with fish line; some is move pliable than others. best way to tell if it's going to hold up to use? when i was doing my sons quilt i had 3 different invisible threads, i made 3 sandwiches and stitched all over each one with a different thread...then i ironed the crap out of them, then i washed them in the washer, and dryer...took them out and checked them over...
    then bought some nice verigated thread and quilted the quilt.
    long story short....try out the threads before you commit to a whole quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    not all invisible threads are created equal; nylon melts, monofilament can be pokey and seem like you sew with fish line; some is move pliable than others. best way to tell if it's going to hold up to use? when i was doing my sons quilt i had 3 different invisible threads, i made 3 sandwiches and stitched all over each one with a different thread...then i ironed the crap out of them, then i washed them in the washer, and dryer...took them out and checked them over...
    then bought some nice verigated thread and quilted the quilt.
    long story short....try out the threads before you commit to a whole quilt.
    Thank you! Good info. I guess I'll go back to regular thread. This one is very fine and doesn't seem to be pokey, but my daughter has OCD and you could eat off her floors even with all her kids and dog, so I know it will be washed repeatedly.

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