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Thread: All About Thread and Material Brands

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    Cool All About Thread and Material Brands

    Am a new quilter. Will you all tell me what are good and not so good fabrics and also what thread
    you recommend for long arm quilting. Have a HQ Sweet 16. I like to buy jellyrolls and precuts on line.
    At there any brands to steer clear of? I did buy some of the Craftsy material and thought it sewed up really nice. Also, can really old cones of thread go bad over time. Have some 20 year old serger cones I found. Thanks everyone!

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    Superior threads and so many fabrics. Go on the Hancock’s of Paducah site. They are all there.

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    I buy fabrics at walmart and hobby lobby. They have many good quality fabrics and not very expensive. I don't make heirloom quilts. I give away most quilts I make. Never sell them. I have coats and clark and connecting threads brands of thread, regular and quilting. They all work very well for me.
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    I don't know anything about longarms but others will be able to help you.
    I am picky when buying fabric. I like name brands like Moda, Michael Miller, RJR, Kaufman, etc. They have never disappointed me. My favorite place (or one of them) is Missouri Star Quilt Company. They sell quality fabric and shipping is low. I also like Shabby Fabrics, and there are more but those 2 jump out first.

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    I wouldn't use serger thread on my long arm.

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    I like getting thread at sewingmachinesplus.com They have great sales a few times a year

    As far as fabric... look at Missouri Star Quilt Company. They have good brands - then you can shop around for those brands at other sites.

    Once you have a brand and fabric collection you can shop around. Often Amazon has good deals and free shipping too!

    I have found good brands at good prices on etsy.com too

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    don't use serger thread on long arms--serger thread is not as strong, it's made to be used with several threads to create the seam. Long arm thread is made to roll out 1200 stitches "lickity-split". I prefer all Superior threads and also Glide by Fil-Tec; but also YLI and Signal, Marathon, etc. Just make sure they are not their serger or embroidery machine threads.
    If you are asking about the fabrics for backing (since you mentioned using pre-cuts), I like Moda's muslin which is very soft and not too sheer.

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    For longarming, my favorite thread is Bottom Line in both top and bobbin. It is a very fine thread and makes my free-motion quilting look better than it actually is! Before I discovered Bottom Line, I thought I would always use Glide. It is heavier than Bottom Line with a little shine to it, which gave my quilts some sparkle. It shows up more than Bottom Line, for sure. Both are polyester threads, which I far prefer over cotton threads in my machine (a Voyager 17).

    I tried cotton thread in my first quilts, including King Tut. It was fine until I tried Glide. I much prefer polyester thread because it leaves much less lint in my machine, plus it is stronger and less likely to break. Also, I like to quilt closely. Close quilting with a heavy cotton thread such as King Tut adds some stiffness to the quilt. Similar quilting with a polyester thread adds no stiffness at all, so the quilt stays very soft.

    Threads, as with everything else involved in quilting, is a personal choice. Some quilters here have mentioned using serger thread in their longarm and been perfectly satisfied with it. I would not use serger thread in my machine for a couple of reasons. One is that it is very linty. Another is that it is a relatively weak thread that would break in my machine (former owner told me she struggled for months because she had been told she could use any thread in it). For me, the lint and breakage are just not worth it.

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    the thread can go bad, test it by trying to break it, pull off about 36 inches and try again. If it still breaks it may not be good. But just keep trying, the first few layers may be bad but most of it will still be great/ Do NOT use serger thread for sewing, it is too light weight
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingshorttimer View Post
    don't use serger thread on long arms--serger thread is not as strong, it's made to be used with several threads to create the seam. Long arm thread is made to roll out 1200 stitches "lickity-split". I prefer all Superior threads and also Glide by Fil-Tec; but also YLI and Signal, Marathon, etc. Just make sure they are not their serger or embroidery machine threads.
    If you are asking about the fabrics for backing (since you mentioned using pre-cuts), I like Moda's muslin which is very soft and not too sheer.
    I use machine embroidery thread on my long arm with no issues. It's 40wt polyester thread, why do you think it shouldn't be used?

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    Thanks! Lots to learn, but having fun doing it.

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    i only use superior thread on my long arm

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    Hi and Welcome! Try Red Rock Threads for thread and notions. They have a good selection, their prices are good, nice return policy, and pretty fast shipping. For fabric I try to stick with Missouri Star Quilt Co. They give little handwritten notes on their invoices. But there's also Hancock's of Paducah, Keepsake Quilting, E-Quilter. I don't know about other Wal-mart stores, but the one close to me has such a small selection that I don't consider it anymore. Any fabric or quilt shops are at least an hour away so I mostly shop online.

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    erior makes great threads overall for boty. I also love isacord anything wonderfil. I have only tried superior on my handiquilter but used the others in my regular machine.fabrics I like moda, hoffmann, kauffman, northcott, benartex, Micheal miller. There are a ton of brands it's best to learn the feel of quality fabrics so you know one even if you go places like joanns because quality at all stores and quilt shops vary. I also like connecting threads especially their flannel

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    This may sound strange but the more expensive threads do not work for me as well in my Janome sewing machine as the better Coats & Clarks thread.

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    When I first started quilting I was told that serger thread was fine for piecing and quilting. Boy was that person wrong. I made a king-size quilt for my bed that developed lots of toe catchers from the popped quilting stitches. Serger threads are designed to be used with more than one thread at a time. They are not strong on their own. Superior Threads, Aurifil, YLI, and others have good quilting thread. Visit their websites. Buy the best quilting thread that you can.

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    Do NOT use serger thread for either piecing or long arm quilting. It is not strong enough........Your Handi Quilter will (with correct tension settings) allow you to use just about any brand of thread out there. Either 100
    % cotton or Tri-Lobal polyester but use 40 weight.................Have fun!!!!!

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    There was a discussion on the board some time ago about old thread deteriorating. I can't remember the explanation, but since then, I've tried using up my older thread first.

    I like the idea of using cotton thread with cotton fabric, so I've only used Superior Threads King Tut on my Sweet 16, top and bottom, and am happy with the results.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of the fabric sold at your LQS, which are the same brands sold by on-line vendors. I love the texture of Art Gallery fabric. I only buy yardage and FQs, so can't recommend a vendor for accurate jellyrolls (I've heard they are not always cut consistently).

    Fabric Shack is one of my favorite on-line stores. They have a good selection, it's easy to search, their service is quick and the shipping price is very low. For modern fabrics, Hawthorne Threads is great. I also frequently shop at Shabby Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop.

    Welcome to the board and to the wonderful world of quilting!
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    Welcome from Phoenix---land of a whole lot of quilt shops.

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