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Thread: Silk thread in bobbin

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    Silk thread in bobbin

    I am going to be using #100 silk thread (top of machine) to FMQ a silk necktie wall hanging. Can I use silk thread in the bobbin or is there a better choice? Thanks for your advice!

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    Make a small quilt sandwich and try it. I am currently machine quilting a small wall hanging with rayon thread in the bobbin and on the top. Rayon thread is not as strong as other threads but it is in a lovely shiny gold colour and it had the right look that I wanted. I don't think rayon or silk would be strong enough on a large quilt but on a wall hanging, why not?

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    Super Member newbee3's Avatar
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    yes you can but you may not have to you could use poly embroidery thread it would be cheaper. I have used the silk in the bobbin and on top no one will see if you make a mistake it is so forgiving.

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    often you have the best luck when your bobbin and top thread are the same- much easier to have equal tension.
    if you find it is not working for you you could try a bottom line thread- or other bobbin thread (they tend to be 60-70 wt)
    i use silk thread alot- love working with silk thread- and my machine loves silk thread- but not all machines behave the same when it comes to threads- best to wind part of a bobbin & give it a try on a practice piece---make sure you use the right needle for your thread/fabric choice- you don't want a big needle when stitching silks....or using silk thread. and silk is VERY STRONG thread! many quilters use silk thread to quilt king sized quilts- it is wonderful for detail quilting....and holds up well.
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    Super Member judykay's Avatar
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    I also thought silk thread was very strong until I used it to bind a quilt & it came all apart. Has anyone else had this experience. I had to re do the entire binding - not fun.
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

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    Super Member Annie68's Avatar
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    I just finished a machine quilting a quilt with silk thread in both top and bobbin. My machine loves it and I use it frequently.

    I would not use it for hand binding though.

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    I use silk thread for most of my fmq. It makes my quilting looks much better (can't see the mistakes that much). I use Bottom Line, Sew Fine, Finishing Touch, Invisifill, or Glide, in the color to match the silk thread in the bobbin. The new thin threads available now are really just as nice for machine quilting as the silk threads. Batting makes a big difference when using silk or thin thread. Wool batting works best for me when using thin thread for machine quilting.
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    Senior Member mommessy's Avatar
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    Here's a link to the guru on quilting with silk thread. I get all my silk thread from her because she sells it in big spools. She recommends a Mettler embrodiery thread for the bobbin.

    Good luck!

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