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    I've never seem Coats threads in the UK till now, but one of my local department stores has started to stock them. I'd be interested to know what people think of them, ranges that are good or bad etc., for piecing, machine and hand quilting.

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    IMO, one of the lowest quality threads on the market. With so many better options, I buy other thread.

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    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).

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    Coats and Clark is fine for me. Of course, none of my quilts will ever be heirloom blue ribbon quilts. Try it out on a small project and see what you think. Everyone has different ideas.

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    Which of their threads do you use, Lisa?

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    I have used Coats thread for quilting and had no problems.

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    I use whatever Wal-mart has that I like that day. Most of the seem to say "all purpose/dual duty" on them. I also use super cheap cones of thread. Maybe I'm just not far enough along in the quilting process to understand why some threads are better than others, but for me as long as my machine will sew it and I get the look I want, I use it.

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    I think for the price it is nice thread. My friends use it all the time exclusively for piecing and quilting. They use only the 100 percent cotton one none with polly. I use Auralfil but my machine is a thread snob.

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    The spool I bought of this stuff went into the trash. I had a lot of thread breaks with it, and when I pulled it off the spool to examine it, it was so slubby that I'm surprised it ran in my machine at all.

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    I have used the Dual Duty for all my quilting needs. When I hand quilt I get Coats and Clarks handquilting thread. It's in my price range and my sewing machine likes it just fine. My quilts are designed to wash often and drag around...No heirloom quilts at my house:)

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    This was all I used for years until I had trouble with it getting slubs and breaking even for hand sewing I tried to use some for binding last week and the same thing happened. This started to happen to me about 3 1/2 years ago.

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    I like Coats Dual Duty and XP - never had a breakage problem or slubs. The stuff I have is smooth and strong and comes in beautiful colors - most of it is from the 70's and 80's, so it's 30-40 years old. Easy to do hand-sewing with it, too.

    Every time I buy a "new" vintage machine in a cabinet, at least one of the drawers is stuffed with spools of thread. I keep the Coats Dual Duty and XP because it will usually sew just fine.

    I also use Star size 30 cotton quilting thread - very nice thread, smooth and matte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    This has been my experience as well. It was what was mostly available for as long as I've been sewing (40+ years).

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    My fussy machine has sewn for 36 years with C&C Dual Duty with no problems. I like the fact that some polyester makes it stronger. My LQS employee recently told me DD has changed and is coming off the spool twisted, but so far I've had no trouble. I also like Guterman. I don't care for C&C 100% cotton for machine quilting.

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    I used to use them but the recent spools I bought have been terrible with lots of lint and breakage. So I switched to Connecting Threads thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    This has been my experience as well. It was what was mostly available for as long as I've been sewing (40+ years).
    That is all I ever used until just recently. But it is still what I use most. I have never had an problems of any kind. Personally, I find it hard to believe that a machine knows what thread is going through it, but that is just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    This has been my experience as well. It was what was mostly available for as long as I've been sewing (40+ years).
    That is all I ever used until just recently. But it is still what I use most. I have never had an problems of any kind. Personally, I find it hard to believe that a machine knows what thread is going through it, but that is just my opinion.
    Trust me, the computerized, do everything but wash dishes, new machines know. And they tell you they don't like cheap thread.

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    The new Coats thread is not the same as the older.
    I prefer the older, it was smoother and easier to hand stitch. I was at a shop the other week that is selling out and I bought a bunch of the older Coats thread.

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    Prefer gutterman or sulky, c& c breaks too much, lower quality thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    This has been my experience as well. It was what was mostly available for as long as I've been sewing (40+ years).
    That is all I ever used until just recently. But it is still what I use most. I have never had an problems of any kind. Personally, I find it hard to believe that a machine knows what thread is going through it, but that is just my opinion.
    Trust me, the computerized, do everything but wash dishes, new machines know. And they tell you they don't like cheap thread.
    Guess I need to tell my new Janome 9700 that, !

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    I buy it all the time for piecing. I buy the big spools at JoAnns and have never had a problem or complaint. I do not think I would use it for FMQ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    Same here. I use them for all my sewing.

    Sybil

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    I have also used this thread for sewing/quilting. Some of my first quilts and most used/loved, I used this thread and still holding up just fine.
    Kirsten

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Quote Originally Posted by jlm5419
    Quote Originally Posted by RUSewing
    I've used Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread for YEARS with no complaints or problems (both piecing and quilting charity baaby quilts).
    This has been my experience as well. It was what was mostly available for as long as I've been sewing (40+ years).
    That is all I ever used until just recently. But it is still what I use most. I have never had an problems of any kind. Personally, I find it hard to believe that a machine knows what thread is going through it, but that is just my opinion.
    Trust me, the computerized, do everything but wash dishes, new machines know. And they tell you they don't like cheap thread.

    I dont' want my Duetta, CV 5 or my Pfaff GQ to find out that all I use in C&C...they sew just fine with it!
    K

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    I have a Bernina and Janome machine and neither one likes the Coats thread so I don't use it. I find it has too much lint.

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