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Thread: Regular, All-Purpose, or Hand Quilting Thread used in the sewing machine?

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    I'm guessing that most of us here on the forum are machine quilters. Any hand quilters?
    I'm just wondering how many of us use thread meant for other purposes for something else....?
    Sometimes, if I have something small to sew, and if the sewing/embroidery machine already is loaded with embroidery thread, I will use it. Just on something small, though, or something not really important.
    Do you ever just use regular, all-purpose thread in the bobbin?

    CONFESS!

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    I use whatever is on hand. Hand quilting thread won't work in my machine--too heavy though

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    Well, I haven't tried the hq thread in my machine, yet....I just haven't had the chance. :twisted:
    I put up most of it on eBay. I don't want it to be here 20 years from now and rotten or something. :shock:
    I figure I will just sell it, and replenish my stock as needed.....

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    I found that my Brother sewing machine doesn't work well with hand quilting thread. It is too thick. I accidently picked up the wrong spool when I was piecing.

    I sure like quilting with that thread - goes through the material much easier than double thickness all purpose thread. It seems like it makes the hand quilting a lot faster. Seems sturdier, too.

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    I am not a thread snob - at least not yet! :wink: lol I use mostly Coats & Clarks Dual Duty, top & bobbin. I do have some of the "fancy" threads - rayon? - in the shiny colors & some metallics too that I am trying to learn to use on art quilts.

    sue

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    Pretty much, thread is thread to me when I am sewing...the color is what matters most to me.
    I use the machine embroidery thread for all my machine embroidery. It really doesn't matter what brand or what it's made of.

    I do have some of the machine embroidery thread that I don't like! I got it in with a bunch I got off eBay, and it's hateful! It flies off the spool and gets messed up and causes all kinds of trouble. That same couple rolls that gets in trouble all the time also has a HUGE center hole and no way to make it smaller. My Dad is a cobbler (not a berry cobbler, either! LOL!), meaning he just cobbles stuff together a lot....so I can make it work. It takes two thread spool pins and something that looks like an onion sack, but it works...and some packaging tape.... LMAO! I hope I never end up with more of that stuff!

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    I wouldn't know the different types of thread if someone dropped a Thread for Dummies book on my doorstep.

    I tend to use all-purpose because I'm hoping it's safe for general use. I use it for piecing, top and bobbin. Don't do a lot of machine quilting, but when I do, I use a pretty variable color on top and bobbin.

    I'm always interested in buying thread though. My sil bought me a really pretty sewing caddy last year. It came with 40 spools of the crappiest thread I've ever seen. I only use it for buttons or something where I don't need a decent quality. I'd like to throw the whole lot out, but then I'll have this pretty caddy that's completely empty.

    Pardon the grumblings......

    ~M~

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    I use emb thread on emb machine otherwise I use all purpose thread.

    I have some cones of differnt sizes. For the smaller cones with the huge center holes I stuck an empty regular thread spool in the hole now works fine on my sewing machine thread pin.

    I go to my local floraist, she saves me the nets that come on her flowers and I slip them over all my cone thread.

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    replace the crappy with decent a little at a time - as you can afford it. caddy stays nicely "decorated" but you'll end up with thread you can use safely. :P

    i'm a "thread is thread is thread" person myself - except when it comes to the quilting phase. all the angst and debate over which threads are best and worst makes my head hurt. this brand - that brand - need a second mortgage to buy it, etc, etc, etc. it also irritates me because i know how it must feel for people who can only afford what they can afford to witness said debate raging among the privileged.

    i have happily used both dirt-cheap and the Coats & Clark Dual Duty for years. but, since i do like the 100% cotton Coats & Clark hand and machine thread very much (but can only get a few colors locally) AND i wanted to see for myself what all the fuss was about, i went in search of reasonably priced 100% cotton all-purpose thread. i hate to admit it, but it did seem to perform better in the few tests i've done so far.

    i got it from threadart.com. spool for spool it's less expensive than the C&C Dual Duty even with shipping. but i can't see tossing all the C&C soooooo i guess i'll switch gradually to the cotton as i use up the C&C.

    that's my 50 cents worth. (a huge leap from 2, i know, but have you seen the price of gas and milk lately?)

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    I buy my thread from threadart also got my emb thread there I like it and never had a problem with it

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