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Thread: Thread Question

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    A couple months ago I read a post that was talking about threads.

    All I remember is people talking about not using certain threads for certain things because some threads are twisted one way and others twisted the other way and if you use the wrong one it keeps breaking or tangling. Have no idea what was what - and what couldn't be used for what. The talk was about hand sewing and machine sewing.

    Any idea what I'm talking about?

    Carol B

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    if you visit any one of the thread company web sites (ie: superior threads, sulky, signature threads, atlanta thread company, yli-to name a few) they have information sheets you can print right off that tell you all about threads- expains weights, fibers, ply's, uses, how it is put on the spools-and why...great resources are available from the companies...take advantage.

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    The only hard and fast thread rule that I follow is not to use hand quilting thread in my machine. At least not the kind that is coated with anything. If the thread is labeled "suitable for hand or machine use" I am good to go. As CK said the thread manufacturer websites are a valuable resource for info.

    Edited to add, Depending on what kind of spool the thread comes on could make a difference. You have to use the special thread holders for the big cones because of the way they are wound on the spools. So for LA work you have to be aware of that if you want to use thread that isn't on the big cones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic
    The only hard and fast thread rule that I follow is not to use hand quilting thread in my machine. At least not the kind that is coated with anything. If the thread is labeled "suitable for hand or machine use" I am good to go. As CK said the thread manufacturer websites are a valuable resource for info.
    ditto

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    some spools are wrapped specifically for domestic machines- so the spool lays down- thread comes off from the end- others are wrapped so the spool is used standing upright instead of laying down...and some are made for hand work specifically (wax coated/courser threads)
    it is important to purchase threads made to be used with your machine- otherwise you have problems with breakage, tension issues and any number of others.

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    and don't forget that different threads require different needles.

    http://raphaelsewing.com/blog/?p=11

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