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Thread: Threads!!

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    Super Member CarolinePaj's Avatar
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    Hi Guys,

    What is the best thread for....

    1) Machine Quilting

    2) Hand Quilting

    Also, at the moment I am piecing blocks and using just ordinary polycotton thread.... am I doing the right thing?

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    Caroline

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    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
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    For my piecing I either use 100% cotton or an all-purpose poly that is cotton covered. The biggest thing for me is to match my color. The same goes for machine and hand quilting. Whatever brand I find the color I need in. I'm not a thread snob!! :lol: :lol: I'm just a matchy-matchy!!! :lol: :lol:

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    I know you are supposed to use cotton thread - but I have to admit I have always used a poly thread, for almost everything.

    I recently machine quilted with a YLI varigated cotton thread and it looked fabulous!!! Would deffinately recomend the extra expense.

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    Just don't use hand quilting thread in your machine. It has a coating on it that will damage your machine.

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    Go to"Superior threads.com" they have a chart available to show what type of threads to use. They now carry hand quilting thread.

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    LOL When I saw a line that said, "Threads" I thought someone was talking about our LQS, Threads of Time, which we often refer to as "Threads" I jump in to see what someone else thought of it (it's wonderful btw) but you were talking about real thread. My mistake. LOL

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    I use it all. For piecing I just use a neutral color cotton or poly cotton blend.

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    For hand quilting I use the special hand quilting threads and I love the YLI and King Tut (Superior Threads) brands. I only sew when I have to put the lenghts of fabric for a wholecloth togehter by hand and I use cotton thread for it.

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    I use different threads because I have a lot of different threads. Right now I'm using InvisFil thread top and bobbin. I buy a spool of different brand thread at every quilt shop or show I visit. It doesn't matter to me if it is poly or cotton. Most of the best threads for machine quilting are poly. YLI silk thread is the best thread I have ever used but way too expensive for everyday use. So far I'm finding that InvisFil thread is very close to sewing with silk thread. I use a lot of Connecting Thread's brand.

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    I've used Coats & Clark dual duty all-purpose thread (the cotton covered polyester stuff - there is something different available now) for machine piecing for almost 20 years and had no problems with it "wearing out" the seam lines.

    I used to be "matchy-matchy" - but for piecing discovered that as long as the stitching doesn't show when I try to pull apart a seam, I'm good to go.

    When piecing light to dark, I think I try to go for a "medium" colored thread.

    For almost all medium to dark colors, I've found that sort of a greenish gray - about the color of easter egg dye when the colors get all muddied up - works well for just about everything.

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