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Thread: Thread question for a newbie

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    Ok-

    Can someone provide me basic info on threads? I don't have anyone local that I can talk too and just need to know what threads to use on what material and when.

    Currently most of the thread I am using is 100% polyester wrapped thread (coats and clark)..I use it on fleece and cotton quilting projects. Should I be using 100% COTTON thread on the quilting projects when using only 100% cotton material?

    What are you people using and why?? I see on connecting threads site they offer some nice deals on 100% Egyptian thread (cotton) which I don't even have a clue what that means.

    Can anyone provide some simple information? Thanks!

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    You can use blended threads. I like the connecting threads thread, it is much better than the coats and clarks thread. I highly recommend it!

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    Some say that you shouldn't use anything but cotton thread with cotton fabric. I use whatever I have. I've made quilts with cotton thread or poly/cotton thread. No problems with either.

    A experienced (and blue ribbon winner) in my quilt guild says the same thing-use what you have.

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    Everyone has an opinion on what kind of thread to use. I have been quilting by hand and machine and use whatever I like and the colors I need. Never had any problems. I love Mettles and have all the colors just about, you don't have to spend lots on thread to get good results. Read all the blogs and read on each website. They explain threads. So do magazines. Happy sewing.

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    I think you will find most use what they have.

    The folks I bought my sewing machine from 17 years ago swore that Coats and Clark would ruin it, that what they sold was the best for my machine. When I stated that I would have to buy a less expensive, less fussy machine I was told it would work fine, but I would need to regularly clean my machine.

    I regularly use metalics, silk, polyester, blends, cottons, rayons, ect. Guess those folks at the Bernina dealer did not know what a fabulous machine they were actually selling that could do the crazy stuff I ask my sewing machine to do.

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    love your kitten w/headset on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    You can use blended threads. I like the connecting threads thread, it is much better than the coats and clarks thread. I highly recommend it!
    ty for the info

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    Here's an interesting link about threads.

    http://quiltbug.com/Articles/thread-theory.htm

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    I have read that some sewing machines are picky about what kind of thread they like. My favorites are Star thread and Connecting Threads thread. However, I also have some poly-blends that will do in a pinch. As long as the machine behaves and the thread isn't brittle, go for it.

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    go to the web sites of any of the thread companies, especially Superior Threads. Most have info about threads.

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