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Thread: What is Bottom Line thread for and what is it made from? Do you like it?

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    I use it for English Paper piecing and hand applique. Love it!
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    As a relative new quilter, I have followed this discussion with interest. My question is how do I wind a bobbin from a cone? I have just picked up sewing after a 30 year absence and am only familiar with winding bobbins from small spools of thread. Thanks very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FabricHeaven View Post
    As a relative new quilter, I have followed this discussion with interest. My question is how do I wind a bobbin from a cone? I have just picked up sewing after a 30 year absence and am only familiar with winding bobbins from small spools of thread. Thanks very much.
    It depends on the sewing machine, but on mine you do it exactly the same way. Place the cone on the spool holder and thread it the same way you would if you were winding from a spool. If your machine can't use a cone, you can set the cone behind the machine (usually on a cone holder), thread it through the top of the cone holder and if your machine has one, through the little loop on your machine and then through the usual patch for winding a bobbin.

    If your machine doesn't have a little loop built in, you can tape a safety pin to the machine and use the little loop in the pin as your first spot in the path.

    I know I haven't explained this very well; maybe someone else will come along with a diagram. Actually, here's a much better explanation: http://www.ehow.com/how_7689581_use-...g-machine.html

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    I use a thread holder (my favorite is this one: https://www.superiorthreads.com/shop...thread-holder/ Nancy Notions has it on sale sometimes) to wind bobbins from big cones. It can be used horizontal or vertical.
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    Thank you both so much. You have been very helpful.

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    I USED to use it for piecing. I like to put a hot iron on my blocks. When a top went onto a long arm quilting machine, the seams were popping open. I am using up what I have left for machine stitching the binding on.

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    Bottom line in polyester and works very well in my bobbin for machine quilting. My machine doesn't like it for the top thread. I also use this thread for hand applique. I purchased a couple of the selections of prewound bobbins and put them in a round bobbin holder for easy carrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by An Arm Long View Post
    I use bottom line in my bobbins alot. It is 60wt - very fine and strong. ( I think nylon or blend - my label does not say) Because it is so fine, I don't have to change the bobbin so often. At first I was afraid the stitches would not show because it is so thin, but I find that is not the case.
    So good to know - always learn something new! Thank you all!
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    My APQS long arm just loves Bottom Line for the bobbin. I use in all the time.

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    I have used bottom line quite a lot for quilting and piecing. It does hold a great deal more per bobbin than a spool wound with a 'regular' thread. Many years ago I made some heirloom machine clothes. The very fine bobbin thread (which is the same/similar ) as bottom line. I think you either love it or hate it. I ran out of the color of bottom line while quilting and went and bought a similar product. Not the same--as far as tension. Yes when you use bottom line in quilting you have to monkey around with the tension. But that is nothing new, we all have had threads that needs adjustment.
    When I used the bottom line in the quilt, once I got the right tension-maybe 2 adjustments, it continued to sew perfectly. When I used (aurafil I think) I had many adjustments, and was blessing out the thread. If you like what you use, then use it. I think bottom line is a poly or a nylon, which is very strong.
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