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    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
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    I wanted to try clear thread for machine quilting. I tried the nylon thread from Joannes and all it did was break in the machine. Any suggestions? What do you use in the bobbin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    I wanted to try clear thread for machine quilting. I tried the nylon thread from Joannes and all it did was break in the machine. Any suggestions? What do you use in the bobbin?
    Use regular thread. Don't try sewing with monofilament in your bobbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    I wanted to try clear thread for machine quilting. I tried the nylon thread from Joannes and all it did was break in the machine. Any suggestions? What do you use in the bobbin?
    Use regular thread. Don't try sewing with monofilament in your bobbin.
    I used regular thread in the bobbin, the monofilament?clear/nylon thread kept breaking... I feel like a dunce.

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    I use the clear thread from Quilt in a Day and regular thread in my bobbin. It works great for me.

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    You might try adjusting your tension and make sure that the thread is being pulled correctly from the spool. You know nice and smoothly.

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    Polyester monofilament is a better choice than nylon. I put the spool in a coffee cup behind the machine so it feeds nicely.

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    I first used the Jo Anns clear ... nothing but trouble. I use Superior or from Clotilde. Much better results. It is best to use regular thread in the bobbin, but I have gotten brave and used it for top and bottom a few times. It just a pain to wind a bobbin and keep it from stretching the clear thread.
    If you are quilting a darker color ... use the smoke colored it does not reflect as much light and is more invisable on the dark fabric.

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    I use Superior....much better than Joann's. And I am not usually a thread snob. Yes use the cup and quilting thread in the bobbin. This will cure 75% of your problems.

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    i use YLI monofilament top and bobbin. you have to wind the bobbin very slowly so you don't stretch the thread. have never had a problem as long as i don't sew at top speed. some machines just don't like this type of thread. good luck with your project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Polyester monofilament is a better choice than nylon. I put the spool in a coffee cup behind the machine so it feeds nicely.
    Ditto from me. Also sew slower. Any thread that likes to lash around (metallics especially) will do better in a jar or mug behind the sewing machine.

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    I only use an 80/12 or 70/10 needle, polyester monofilament in top and regular thread in bottom. Spool is fussy unless i put it behind the machine in a large, deep coffee cup. Has to move on its own. I also loosen the tension just a tad. I check each of these things when I use this thread, and have no problems.

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    I had to find the correct size needle and then didn't have any problems. That worked for me...

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    Don't use the cutter it will really mess it up. Voice of experience!

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    Now I am excited to try again! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    I must be thread challenged....never had any luck with any of the clear/black monofiliment or whatever type plastic threads....drove me nuts so they left to a friend that loved them and knew how to make them work.

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    Personally, I won't use the clear thread.

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