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Thread: Do i have to use Embroidery Thread?

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    I have a Brothers SE 350 and i want to do some simple embroidery ( Quilt Label ) Do i have to use embroidery thread or can i use some poly or Nylon thread just reg sewing thread. If anyone have some to sell me just any color will do Please let me know I am new at the embroidery on my machine

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    I have always just used the embroidery thread , so I will be interested in what others say :wink:

    I have heard you can use the serger thread, but have never tried it. It does not shine like the other thread.

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    I can use nylon thread with my machine. Polyester might work best with the labels, it won't melt with a hot iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    I have always just used the embroidery thread , so I will be interested in what others say :wink:

    I have heard you can use the serger thread, but have never tried it. It does not shine like the other thread.
    I don't care for the shine if i can use the Serger thread that would be good so quilters please let me know on that also

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    What kind of machine do you own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    What kind of machine do you own?
    I have a Brothers SE 350

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    You can really use any type of thread that you want. . . . . it will just look different. Embroidery thread has the shine and brilliant colors. Try it and see if you like it.

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    I use rayon because I do like the shine.

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    Emb designs are made with the thicker emb thread in mind. You may be able to use two strands of regular sewing thread though :wink: you may need to use a little bigger eyed needle though, I havent tried this but I would think two threads may be slightly bigger than one emb thread...
    You could even use two different colors for a fun look.

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    Yes you can use regular sewing thread. It's just a little finer and doesn't have the shine. I've used it many times when I needed a color I didn't have. My gf uses it for her sample stitch outs all the time. The thread companies want you to think you *have* to use emb. thread, so they can sell more thread. Use what you have until you can get what you want. Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Yes you can use regular sewing thread. It's just a little finer and doesn't have the shine. I've used it many times when I needed a color I didn't have. My gf uses it for her sample stitch outs all the time. The thread companies want you to think you *have* to use emb. thread, so they can sell more thread. Use what you have until you can get what you want. Have fun.
    Thanks Melinda i will try using my thread on the cones i have some of that

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    I have has sucess using regular thread for embroidery.
    Regular thread dose not have the shine that embroidery does.
    In fact I am doing a quit now that has applique, and I am using embroidery and regular thread. It look so good.
    Will post pictures soon.

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    I think a lot depends on the machine's likes and dislikes. I have a friend who did successful practice sew-outs using serger thread (it is thin and fairly inexpensive). It worked on her high-end Viking. I tried it on my Janome 11000 and the 11000 does NOT like it at all. I use only embroidery thread to do machine embroidery since that fiasco.

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    Serger thread is thinner and may break easier. I have an embroidery machine and only use embroidery threads for it.

    Can you do a sample with the serger thread to see if you like the way it looks?

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    I would just practice with different threads, good luck!

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    I have the same machine and I love it. I have only practiced with cone thread and have had good results. If you want to purchase the embroidery thread, you may concider on-line options. I bought most of mine from E-bay. Once your are logged in on e-bay, search for 'machine embroidery thread'. You will get about 1000+ options to choose. Some of the thread is generic but I am still new and it works for me. Prices are often very low compared to Jo-anns.

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    Just make sure to use stabilizer, too. It makes all the difference in the world to the finished embroidery. In embroidering blocks for quilts, I use the regular (NOT tear-away or dissolving) stabilizer. It may not be the right thing to use, but I'm just beginning to quilt, so I have a lot to learn, too. I just make sure my stabilizer is the same size as my unfinished block size.

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    I recently acquired a Brother SE350 and have been trying what threads I already had. I had no luck with the rayon embroidery thread. It kept shredding on me, but it was old. It had been cheap thread purchased at WM several years ago and that may have had a lot to do with it. I do know that keeping it in the frig helps, but I don't have enough room for that. Have had good luck with the polyester. Have a lot to learn about my machine & no one around to help me out. Good luck.

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    I have used regular thread to embroider and it worked fine on my machine.

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    Hey!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    I have always just used the embroidery thread , so I will be interested in what others say :wink:

    I have heard you can use the serger thread, but have never tried it. It does not shine like the other thread.
    I have to disgree. I used to work at a company that made custom bedding and window treatments and all we used was serger thread. If you go to the right place you can get many different colors and sheens of serger thread. More than likely you will have to go to a website and order in bulk, but I believe that most of them allow you to do an assorted bundle which would be best for the home sewing/embroidery anyway. I just got my new embroidery machine and I am very excited to get moving on it. I would love to hear from you guys!!

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    I have used serger thread with no problems at all. Good luck.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    you really need to use embroidery thread.,emb thread is thinner thread .go to sewforless.com and they have specials all the time. ebay has a good selection also.. good luck..

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    I use different threads in my Viking, for instance I was making FSL Easter baskets and ornaments and didn't really need the shine that rayon gives so I used the cone thread for sergers. It took me a while to figure out that I needed to use 2 layers of WS stabilbizer and a sharp needle but I got it to work. I've used my Aurifil if I had a small area of a design and didnt have the right color in emb thread, etc. Labels, I do in cotton thread. It's your machine and if you find what you like go for it. Especially if you are practicing a design, who wants to spend good money on thread for a practice piece. My machine likes all thread so I never have a problem, once in a while I might have to sit the spool on the table or in a cup behind the machine for it to work, but it does work. Metallic thread works well if you turn it upside down in a cup on the table, if you are having issues with it. Good luck. When buying emb thread I try to get different shades of the same color because just about every design I've used has some shading in them so I'll get say like 3 different greens, one just a little off in color to the other one. This has worked well for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge L. View Post
    I recently acquired a Brother SE350 and have been trying what threads I already had. I had no luck with the rayon embroidery thread. It kept shredding on me, but it was old. It had been cheap thread purchased at WM several years ago and that may have had a lot to do with it. I do know that keeping it in the frig helps, but I don't have enough room for that. Have had good luck with the polyester. Have a lot to learn about my machine & no one around to help me out. Good luck.
    The problem could be with your needle, either wrong size or wrong type. I like the Inspira needles from Viking, the inside of the eye is round so it goes thru more easily, most are oval.
    Judy

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    I would advise just playing with your designs and different threads. Bear in mind that regular sewing thread will have a lower luster than embroidery thread and won't look the same as all the photos and samples you see stitched out. But if the thread works, and you like the look, I see no reason why you shouldn't use any thread you can imagine.
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