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Thread: best thread for free motion quilting

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    hi quilters---

    will someone tell me what they feel is the best thread to use, if any, when free motion quilting------also, why is my darning foot sooo close to the needle plate, am i doing something wrong?

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    I use thin thread so my stitches will sink into the fabric.
    I like InvisaFil, YLI silk, Glide, and Bottom Line. I don't know what you mean by your foot is too close to the needle plate. Do you have the correct shank size darning foot for your machine?

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    The size thread depends on your machine and the fabric you are using. But generally whatever you want to use and can use in your machine should be good...depends on if you want it to show or not. I think quilting is part of the design, so I use 50 or heavier thread to do the quilting with, too.

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    I use Connecting Threads thread and it works fine for me. I'm not sure what you are asking about your darning foot.

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    i use anything i want to quilt with, whatever my machines likes! i have used it all from verigated, to bottomline,gutterman,connecting threads,superior,aurifil,sulkys,even metallics and clear.
    connecting threads has great prices for the cones..

    i am not sure about your FMQ foot either..take a picture or explain it differently..and we can help you..

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    regarding your darning foot... what kind of machine do you have? I have a Pfaff and when I use the darning foot, I don't lower it as far down as I would using the regular feet. There is a little notch part way for the presser foot lever to sit on when using the darning foot so it sits higher.

    Maybe that's your problem.

    As for thread I use 100% cotton usually Gutterman, YLI silk or YLI monofilament.

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    bottom line is good

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    Those of you who use YLI silk, do you put it in the bobbin as well? If not, what do you put there? I love the silk for hand applique.Thanks!

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    on my darning foot it has a screw above the spring, you can tighten or loosen it , it will raise or lower the foot piece, I had to do that today, it was too close to the plate and was causing the fabric to not move freely. I hope this helps

    JUNIE

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    There may be a knob or dial on your machine that lessens the pressure of the presser foot.

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    I use Connecting Threads too.
    :)

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    i like robison anton cotton. I use 50 weight because I like my threads to show. I dont use the clear bacuase all of mine get used a lot. It isn't as soft and I don't think it will last as long on a quilt that gets a lot of use, I may be wrong about how long it lasts. Just makes sense to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do
    Those of you who use YLI silk, do you put it in the bobbin as well? If not, what do you put there? I love the silk for hand applique.Thanks!
    Thanks for asking, I too have wondered about using silk. Seems so pretty.

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    When I use silk, I use 100% cotton in the bobbin.
    In my experience the YLI monofilament holds up really well to lots of use and lots of washings. It's different from nylon which I don't use. I have quilts that I have used for years that I quilted with the monofilament and cotton in the bobbin.

    I never quilt with polyester thread.

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    I am making a correction of what I said earlier about the screw above the spring on the darning foot, it is not a screw. but there are thread that you turn the nut on and that will adjust the up and down of the darning foot. it is a Janome free motion foot. Sorry for my mistake.

    Junie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junie
    I am making a correction of what I said earlier about the screw above the spring on the darning foot, it is not a screw. but there are thread that you turn the nut on and that will adjust the up and down of the darning foot. it is a Janome free motion foot. Sorry for my mistake.

    Junie
    I have that fmq foot for my 6600 (closed hoop, right). The nut on the main shaft of the foot can be adjusted up or down. You should regulate so that the bottom of the foot only barely touches your fabric - and it will glide easily. Sounds like you need to wind the screw higher.

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    I use Superior Thread's Bottom Line a #60 that a previous responder told you would sink into the fabric. Also So Fine and occasionally a verigated thread of theirs when I want a variety of colors to show.
    www.superiorthreads.com
    I've been able to quilt a twin with just one bobbin of Botton Line. My Bernina 1030 takes it for the top stitch and bobbin. My Jem Gold and Platinum only take it in the bobbin.
    Good luck.

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    This is a reply to the question about silk thread for applique.
    I use Bottom Line for applique, any of their light colours just disappear.

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    I like Superior's King Tut for general machine quilting and a bright rayon if I am doing decorative stitching.

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    I absolutely love Isacord thread. It is a poly and it quilts like butter.

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    Where do you get Isacord thread?

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    I get Isacord thread from threadetc.com

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    Thanks - will check it out.

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    thank u everyone for your suggestions---i really appreciate it.

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