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    Is it normal to extend a strand of thread out from a spool and see little flubs like it has been spliced together or something. I've been noticing this on a well-known 50 weight cotton thread that is supposed to be long staple Egyptian cotton. I haven't noticed this with any other thread. Does anyone know if this is a sign of poor quality?

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    I see it very often with Coats & Clark cotton machine quilting thread & just recently their All Purpose thread. When I first started quilting, I had a spool of some no-name stuff that slubbed & broke constantly while handsewing.

    I have also had some of the C&C variegated machine quilting thread that the thickness of the thread changed drastically at some of the color change areas causing my auto tension sewing machine to throw hissy fits.

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    Coats and Clarks has been fine for me, but mine is older. I've heard there has been a change.

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    since the fibers ARE spliced together---yes, it is common-
    with Cotton Thread. it is the manufacturing process.
    the long staple egyption threads - the slubs should be an inch or two apart.
    some threads it is more evident than others, but it is pretty much always there==
    poly threads and some other are made from continuous fibers- cotton the fibers are short (couple inches max) and are spun together.

    superior threads has good free (choosing the right threads) information on their web site- will answer alot of questions.

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    I am devoted to Superior Thread's Bottom Line and Aurifil's 50 cotton. Never a problem of any kind with either.
    Both are usually available in a good LQS. Or one can order directly from ST
    http://www.superiorthreads.com

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    I'm a big fan of Aurifil. Once I tried it for pieceing, I've turned all my other spools of thread into basting or garment sewing. It's so fine that I can get a true 1/4" seam without having to do the 'scant' bit.

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    I use Superior and Aurifil for quilting and have never noticed slubs. I use YLI 60 wt for piecing - I used to use the Aurifil which is 50 wt but love the YLI as it's finer still.

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    I'm with these gals: Aurilfil 50 wt and Masterpiece by Superior cleared up many past sewing bothers. Will try the finer YLI and Connecting Threads when my Aurifil stash gets depleted.

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    So many ppl complain that their machines 'won't FMQ' - often turns out to be that they are using cheap threads/needles/ not the machine's own brand bobbin etc. You get what you pay for - and I don't like to skimp on cheap supplies - my time is too valuable. :-D

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