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Thread: Applique Thread

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    I want to try some applique. What kind of thread do you use? Does it match the color of the fabric? How about using silk thread? Can I use regular cotton or polyester thread? Thanks in advance.

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    Hand or machine?

    I do machine, and the thread depends on what I want to achieve. If I want the thread to show I use a 40 wt cotton with a double blanket stitch. If I want the applique but not the thread, I use silk with a single blanket stitch or a small zig zag stitch.

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    Oops, it's hand applique.

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    YLI silk threads is virtually invisible if you match the thread to your applique.

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    Similar thought applies. How much do you want it to show? Are you doing a blanket stitch, which shows a lot, or are you doing a more hidden stitch? Do you want the thread to stand out or blend in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfkitty
    Similar thought applies. How much do you want it to show? Are you doing a blanket stitch, which shows a lot, or are you doing a more hidden stitch? Do you want the thread to stand out or blend in?
    I want it to blend in, but there are quite a few different colors in this wallhanging. It's 12 different teapot blocks.

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    If you want your thread to disappear and not show, it is best to use a fine thread. There are many good ones out there. Superior's Masterpiece, Mettler's 60/2, Aurifil's 50 wt., these are some of the best. Superior makes the "Frosted donut" which is a set of 36 bobbins of all their colors, great for applique, when you need lots of colors and don't want to buy a whole spool of many colors.

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    I use a cotton thread, same colour as the fabric.

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    I do alot of needle turn applique and normally use a silk thread, if I have a colour that matches I use that, if not grey seems to blend in with most colours and use proper applique needles makes a big difference

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    I use regular old thread and a neutral color.

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    i love using silk threads for hand appliques. it is fine, easy to make tiny stitches; beautiful colors available. I also use wool, pearl cottons, cotton, poly and rayon threads...what ever thread fits my project is what i use.

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    I use silk thread and match the fabric.

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    I use any thread that matches the applique.

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    Great info here. I don't do much applique because I find it hard to do. Now I think it may be the thread I was using!!

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    i can't find silk thread locally so i bought some synthetic (don't remember what kind) that has the same characteristics as silk in a beige color - it disappears into whatever color i'm working on. it's very thin and strong. but if i want it to show i use embroidery thread.

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    I use silk thread, a color that will match the applique pieces or a neutral that will blend in.

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    I love the silk threads, but they are pricey. I find that DMC 100% cotton machine embroidery thread 50 weight works well. I don't exactly match my thread to my fabric, but use a variety of neutral values and with a small stitch you don't really see they are not the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roselady
    If you want your thread to disappear and not show, it is best to use a fine thread. There are many good ones out there. Superior's Masterpiece, Mettler's 60/2, Aurifil's 50 wt., these are some of the best. Superior makes the "Frosted donut" which is a set of 36 bobbins of all their colors, great for applique, when you need lots of colors and don't want to buy a whole spool of many colors.
    I'm going to check the Superior website. Someone else also recommended this thread.

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    Superior now sells silk thread. I bought these two thread set a few years ago and still using them for all my hand sewing. It's all you need:

    The MasterPiece Frosted Donut and this YLI Gift Pack Silk Thread here: http://www.connectingthreads.com/thr...__L600904.html

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    I bought a bunch of silk thread a while back. Hopefully this thread will get me back in the mood to hand applique.

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