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Thread: Breaking thread

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    Senior Member Pickle's Avatar
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    I am wondering if any one here has heard of a silicone spray to put on your thread to prevent it from breaking while you are quilting. I did not know there was such an item but a friend mentioned it to me, but I don't know where to buy it.

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    Its called sewers aid, you can get it at Amazon, createforless. If you google Sewers aid a long list of distributors will come up. I think softexpressions.com has it for under $3 a bottle right now.

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    Oops forgot to say that sewers aid is not a spray. You can get the spray on machine embroidery sites. However I dont know the name of it. My local embroidery machine shop carries the spray it also helps with the gumming of needles when using a sticky stabilizer.

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    Senior Member Pickle's Avatar
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    Thank you very much.

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    Here's another good product for that. You just run your threaded needle over the top. The little box lasts a long time and I've had really luck with reduced breakage when using it.

    It's called Thread Heaven, here is a link, you might be able to find it somewhere else cheaper, but this gives you a start.

    http://www.amazon.com/Thread-Heaven-.../dp/B0019CYD42

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    Thread Heaven is for hand sewing. It's good stuff. I use Sewer's Aid for machine sewing. I put a couple of drops on the spool of thread. It really helps when winding a bobbin. And if you put a drop or two in you hand and apply it to your hair, it's great to bring shine and stop the fly away frizzies. It's much cheaper then buying the product in the hair aisle and it's the very same thing. The hair product is thinner and cost 3x as much.

    I've used Swerer'sAid on thread in every machine I have, even my computer one. No build up are any problems at all.

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    Sorry! I didn't realize the topic was machine quilting.

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    i've never had a breaking thread problem. i'm not sure what would cause that in the first place

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i've never had a breaking thread problem. i'm not sure what would cause that in the first place
    tension problem somewhere? maybe thread is fraying? Not using quilting needle to machine quilt?

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    Just because you have never heard of it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. My friend an excellent quilter has the same problem occasionally.

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    I use the spray silicone on the bed of my sewing machine to keep it slick and the rails on my quilt frame. I have Sewers Aid which is a liquid for the thread. I'm sure the spray would work, too but I use the liquid by letting a few lines run down the cone or spool and letting it soak in for about 30 minutes. It helps control the lint buildup on cotton machine quilting thread and thread does get old & dries out so it helps strengthen it. Coats & Clark machine quilting thread seems to run a lot better with a little help on both my Elna and my Voyager.

    I have had cones & spools of thread that were just crap! You could see the uneven-ness in the thickness of the thread and fibers sticking out every which way. One cone of Coats & Clark variegated was ok at first but the middle was terrible! I had to pull off at least 10 yards before it started looking ok again. The really bad stuff you can break easily with your hands. Don't even waste your time with those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SueDid
    Sorry! I didn't realize the topic was machine quilting.
    Actually, I was just wondering that - the OP didn't say whether she was machine quilting or hand quilting. If hand quilting, I agree with the Thread Heaven recommendation. If machine quilting, I have a couple of machine-quilting friends that recommend a spray silicone, but I'm sorry to say I don't know what brand. I'm sure others here are more helpful than I!

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