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Thread: What does thread yard, sizes and weight mean

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    What does thread yard, sizes and weight mean

    I have been looking for new thread. I keep coming across different sizes and weights. For instance, "cotton machine quilting thread 1200 yd size 50, 30 wt. I also came across some that where 1200 yd size 50 50 wt. What does this all mean? Now is this the right kind of thread to use on a regular sewing machine.
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    Peckish gave us a resource for superior threads but I don't know how to find it so I'll give you what I copied out.
    Thread Weights:
    A=20 miles weighs 1 lb.
    B=40 miles weighs 1 lb. (labelled 40 wt. and finer)
    C=60 miles weighs 1 lb. (labelled 60 wt. and finer yet) hopes this helps

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    yes, go to Superior Threads web site and they have thread sizes and needle sizes explained. Plus, they have a chart, you can print out with suggested needle sizes to use w/ either your LA or domestic machine with all their threads.

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    I think the biggest thing is what does your machine handle. Most of the thread I use on my sewing machines are 50wt or 40tx. I have a longarm and use Signature Cotton on my LA, so I also use this on my DSM, putting the 3000 yd spool on a stand that holds a large spool and has an arm that comes up to guide the thread.
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    Different threads have different purposes. Here is a good link that will give helpful information.

    http://quiltbug.com/articles/thread-theory.htm
    Shirley in Arizona

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    Here's the link to an article written here on this board.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/resources/article-72.html

    Basically, 1200 yds is the length of thread on the spool.
    Size/weight 40 is like saying "dress size 10" only reverse; the higher the number the finer the thread (in general).

    A 50 wt thread can be used for piecing and quilting. If I want my quilting to stand out more I use a 40 wt thread.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Peckish gave us a resource for superior threads but I don't know how to find it so I'll give you what I copied out.
    Superior Thread has great info on their site. You can read their newsletter here http://www.superiorthreads.com/newsletters/603/. The very first paragraph talks about thread size.
    There is more in-depth information here: http://www.superiorthreads.com/educa...ad-is-measured. If you click the "Education" button, you will find more than you ever wanted to know about thread.

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    what are you wanting to do with the thread longarm, piece, or free motion with your domestic?
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