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Thread: Spools vs cones

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    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
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    Spools vs cones

    Had a discussion with other quilters this weekend and we were discussing the pros and cons of spools of thread vs cones.
    Most of them felt that cones were more economical and the thread was stronger. Which do you use for sewing your blocks together and quilting?

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    I use whatever I have on hand, but will go to the cones first for piecing. I don't find them to be any stronger or weaker than spools of thread. I use both spools and cones for quilting on the LA. I don't know if it's more economical but I like not having to buy thread all the time

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    The same kind of thread often comes on both cones and spools. If it's something that I will use a lot, or if I will use it for quilting on the longarm, then I prefer to buy cones. I did buy a lot of spool sets from CT when they were on sale just to have the huge variety in colors, and because their sales price was at or below the price of the same amount of thread on the cones.

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    I use cones for both my piecing and machine quilting. It's much more economical. I have someone in my quilt group who keeps an eye on-line for deals. Just got cones of 40 wt. thread for $6.50....can't beat it. I bought 7 cones....so I won't be in the market for thread for quite some time.

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    I use the cones whenever possible. I don't like to run out of thread in the middle of something. I also think the cones are more economical. I don't, however, need a lot of different colors, I usually piece with white or beige, and quilt with beige or light grey so laying out the money for just those few colors isn't a problem! And they last a long time for me.

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    I do prefer cones. Once I had my cone holder , it just made more cents( pun intended).

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    I use the cones for piecing and quilting. But I use lots of spools of different color threads for my appliques. I buy my cones in white, tan, black, and grays. I do agree that cones are more economical.

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    I prefer cones more for my $.

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    I haven't bought any cones. I do have tons of thread on spools and trying to use them up.
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    Sometimes I don't think before I act. I gave away 2 cone holders to a second hand store about 2 months ago and am now reading this thread and realizing I should have kept at least one. Now I need to go buy another one. My sister died and I received them from her estate. Are they expensive and where is the least expensive place to buy the cone holders?
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