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    Smile Applique Thread

    I do needle turn applique and have found Aurfil invisiable thread that is easy to work with so far,
    but as it is 100% poly, will it melt when pressed and is silk or cotton a better thread to use?

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    Have you ever tried silk thread for applique? It 'melts' right into the fibers and disappears when you stitch. You don't even need to use the matching color, 3-4 neutrally colors work amazingly well on almost anything.

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    I also love silk thread I have also used Bottom Line Thread when is need a matching colour which is a 60wt Polyester from Superior Threads and that works well too.
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    i took a class and was introduced to silk thread for applique... it's like night and day... wonderful to work with.
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    I've used both silk and Bottom Line, which is a 60 wt poly. They both blend and sink into the fabric beautifully, and I have had no problems with the Bottom Line melting. However, I prefer the Bottom Line because I can buy assorted colors on prewound bobbins, which is much more affordable than buying multiple colors of silk on spools. If somebody ever came out with an affordable assortment of silk on bobbins, I could be persuaded to go back to silk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Have you ever tried silk thread for applique? It 'melts' right into the fibers and disappears when you stitch. You don't even need to use the matching color, 3-4 neutrally colors work amazingly well on almost anything.

    Jan in VA
    I still need to match my thread to the fabric. My needle turn appliqué skills are not quite that good yet... I do agree that silk thread is awesome for appliqué though.

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    Do what I did to test a poly thread. I sewed with it, then took it to the ironing board to see if I could melt it with my iron. I couldn't, and my iron gets very hot. However, there are different qualities of polyester thread; you really need to test each one yourself to be sure.

    There was a post on the QB awhile ago from someone who had used both cotton thread and silk thread for a hand appliqued quilt. She said that 7 years later she was having to repair the pieces that had been sewn on with the silk thread; the pieces that had been sewn on with cotton thread were fine. That was just one post, but it does give pause.....

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    I agree, silk thread is the best to applique with as the stitches just melt into the fabric!!!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Have you ever tried silk thread for applique? It 'melts' right into the fibers and disappears when you stitch. You don't even need to use the matching color, 3-4 neutrally colors work amazingly well on almost anything.

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    Lucky me ... I got a pkg of 6 common color Superior Threads silks FREE!!! Used it to try it and WOW what a difference from the 60wt I was using.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Lucky me ... I got a pkg of 6 common color Superior Threads silks FREE!!! Used it to try it and WOW what a difference from the 60wt I was using.
    Would you mind sharing how you got the free goodies?

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    Use the Aurifil cotton 2ply. It's strong and blends very well. I've done it with a few different kinds of applique and it works great; lots of colors too.
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    Try a spool of silk thread with your next applique project. For me, now silk is the only thread for applique. I will use it when I hand sew my next binding on. I think it is worth a try.
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    I am interested in this free silk thread also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Would you mind sharing how you got the free goodies?
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    I love silk thread for appliqué. That's all I use now. I use the invisible Aurifil sometimes for quilting and was worried about it melting; but so far, neither of my irons bother it at the highest setting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Would you mind sharing how you got the free goodies?
    It was quite by accident ... it was "found"!! Sorry ladies ... there is not a free deal going on that you missed out on.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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