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Thread: Which Thread for a Longarm Machine?

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    Senior Member PlanoDebbie's Avatar
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    Which Thread for a Longarm Machine?

    Before I spend a small fortune buying the wrong thread for my new Longarm machine, what's your best recommendation for a thread? Why? Best price to pay for it? Best website to buy it at?

    I bought my first thread from Golden Threads. I've had a few issues with it breaking and wasn't sure if it was the thread, the needle or what.

    Now I have some King Tut thread. Haven't used it yet, so I don't know if it will do the same thing as my other thread. It was considerably more expensive too!

    I am determined to figure out how to use this machine!!! Any thread suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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    Super Member suebee's Avatar
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    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW LONGARM...regarding your breakage on Golden threads...Ive never used theirs, but I have used Connecting threads Essential Pro, with great success, recently I started using Glide thread from Fil-tec and love it, its high sheen, whereas the Essential Pro is a matte. Many of the thread companies offers trial sizes. Dont forget...dont be afraid to adjust your tension. Superior Threads has videos showing their threads on just about every longarm on the market and they have great tips as well. Good luck, have fun!!

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    Some longarms are very picky about thread, so you may need to try some out and see what yours likes. I have an Innova and have been successful with every thread I've tried. I have used Connecting Threads Essential Pro as well as their cotton thread, also Metro embroidery thread, Superior Vanish water soluble thread, and a host of others, including Star brand (very linty).

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    Junior Member Xtgirl's Avatar
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    I mostly use threads made by superior..their omni line is really affordable. I also like so fine. I have heard good things about glide and will try theirs next. You also may want to look at signature.
    The Potomac Quilter
    Innova 26 with Lightning Stitch and Autopilot

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    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
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    the threads from Connecting Threads work very well- cut down on my frustration level greatly when i found them- also Superior Threads carry many good threads to choose from- they also supply needles for many long-arms- and have free charts they will send with an order- or you can print them from the site that will tell you the differences in all the different threads- the sizes- what they are best suited for- and what needle/size to use with them- the charts are great resources to have- Superior Threads has what they call Superior University which is a program that teaches you all kinds of things-
    there are quite a few Thread companies out there- and with time you will find your favorites- but for starting I do recommend Connecting threads and Superior (Connecting threads has free shipping at the $50 level- so you could try out the long-arm thread & pick up a few cotton threads for regular sewing/piecing to round out your order- they have good prices & great sales.
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    Super Member wolph33's Avatar
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    I have tried many-glide always wins.I will not even buy anything else anymore.

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    I was using Connecting Threads on my long arm for a while, and then for some reason(machine gremlins, or whatever), it decided it didn't like it. Went thru all the usuall stuff, checking tension, needle, threading, etc, even had a service tech check it, but finally gave up. I now use Maxi-Lock serger thread and it does just fine. No idea why.

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    Member nancylouie's Avatar
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    I (and a friend of mine) have both had excellent success with signature thread for long arm quilting. Check internet site for pricing. king tut also works quite well.

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    Superior Threads - So Fine, Rainbows, Bottom Line, my machine (APQS Millenium) does not like King Tut. I use Bottom Line for Stitch in the Ditch rather than monofilament. Fil-Tec's Glide is great if you want the shiny look, especially with their magnetic bobbins (Don't forget to take out check spring in your bobbin case). I find these threads do not produce as much lint as some others do.
    Cheryl Robinson
    APQS Millenium Longarm with Intelliquilter

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    Super Member lisalovesquilting's Avatar
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    Try different threads until you find the ones your machine "likes".
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