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Thread: Do you shop at Connecting Threads?

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    I get a package from CT at least once a month! I ordered several Hobbs batting today (on sale). So far I haven't had a problem with customer service at all.
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    Wow! I posted this this morning and didn't check all day. Thanks so much for 26 helpful replies! I am impressed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by crideout View Post
    I have bought their Essential Pro thread for my Janome 1600P-DB. My Janome is really picky about thread but it loves the Essential Pro. So whatever makes the machine happy, makes me happy. It is linty but cleaning the machine is not a big deal. I have also used their regular thread for piecing. It is strong, works well and looks good. What more could you ask for.
    Thanks so much for this advice. My machine is a Janome 1600P-QC. I will definitely try the Essential Pro first.
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    I personally LOVE Connecting Threads! My co-worker does too! So we try to combined orders and save on shipping.
    I use their threads all the time. May not be the best you can buy, but for the price it works great for me for everything. I love their fabrics especially the Mirages for blenders.
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    I have ordered from CT many times and have been happy with the fabric each time. Their batiks are great and I have ordered many combinations for 2-3 quilts. You can hardly beat the prices. I also love their thread and stock up when it is on sale. It certainly lasts a long time. It is a little more linty that other threads but I don't have a problem cleaning the bobbin area often--it is a habit from long ago.
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    I really like their thread........and I am just putting the binding on a quilt which was a kit from them. Wonderful fabric and great instructions!

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    I agree with the general sentiment here that CT threads are great, if linty, but cleaning the bobbin area with each change mitigates that problem. We have used their fabrics and love them. Some of their prints are "cutesy" as others have commented, but their solids, mirage, stripes and other basics are great. And, the threads and fabrics are designed to match.

    Our last order included "Technicolor Tidings." The colors and designs are really fun and are going to look great in Christmas quilts for our "Brady Bunch" house.

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    OK, I didn't read through all the replies, so I may be contradicting or repeating.

    I've tried them recently. To sample their fabric, I bought about 15 charm packs.

    These are my thoughts:
    (1) Price - it is amazing that they can sell charm packs/precuts at the same per yard price as yardage. I guess it is like a paid sample, to encourage people to buy yardage. I do appreciate that.
    (2) quality of cotton - in general, good. But I find their shot cotton and mirage range a tad coarse. I'd stick to Konas.
    (3) Design and print - I find the designs a tad simplistic/bland. It is OK for pastels, but the designs seldom go beyond a handful of colors. Also, I find the range pretty limited. The print is a bit rough too. The fine lines does not seem fine enough. I'd stick to their pastels or background-ish prints. For focal fabrics, I'd look elsewhere.

    That being said, CT is still a good place to shop, esp when they have sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alberta quilter View Post
    I get the Connecting Threads catalogue and also their emails. They carry beautiful fabrics. I'm confused as to why their prices are so much lower than all other designer fabric. Is the cotton inferior? I have ordered and it seems to be good quality. Does anyone have insight on this? I'm also wondering if you have used their thread for machine quilting? Does it compare to well known brands? Thanks.
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    I use it a lot and love the quality and the "feel" of the fabric. I have been very happy with the results of any quilts I have made.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rush88888 View Post
    i have used thread from them, and it works fine for machine piecing and hand sewing. i haven't hand quilted with it yet, so i can't attest to that.
    I buy my thread from them. It is a very good, strong thread and you can get them in packages of different colors. I always get twelve Natural for my sewing and then I got the subdued colors for my binding, etc. Besides, best of all their spools are 1200 yards! Can't beat that with a spoon!!!!! Have a good day! Edie
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    I order books from them all the time, when they are 40% off. I have also gotten fabric as well. The solid cotton is great!! It reminds me of the new Kona Cotton that is more silky---I can't remember the name right now (too early). I did get a jelly roll (the dots) that wasn't very good, but the others have been of good quality. Since they are in smaller rolls, you have to purchase double to get the same amount as the other rolls, but still it is a better price.

    I purchased one spool of the longarm thread just to see, and my machine LOVED it! So I purchased more! It compared to the much more expensive brands.

    All in all, I have found the company to be a great source. The shipping is speedy, and as someone else said, the shipping charges are affordable. I would give it a try.

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    I've been very pleased with everything I've ordered from them.

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    I've used their threads on my HQ16 and yes, they're a bit linty. But, I do love them. In fact, I just received an order of their threads yesterday and plan to quilt with them today!

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    I use all their things. I love the thread. Longarm thread runs great thru my machine. I buy their cotton piecing thread and love em. I use shorted lengths when hand binding. I like their fabrics too. With the free shipping at $50, it's a great bargain!

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    I've tried it. It seems to be very good quality fabric. I guess it all boils down to personal preferance. As for why they can sell cheaper. No middlemen.
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    I've liked the batiks I've ordered as well as the solid cottons. I agree that the print selection is rather limited but I have found a few things. Haven't tried the thread and I haven't tried, but plan to, their laminates. I've been wanting to make a good raincoat for my dog and their laminate prices seem excellent.
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    I have ordered from them many times and have been very satisfied. I love their batiks but have never used their thread. Customer service I have had no problems.

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    I have used them since they started. This company deals directly with the process from beginning to end. There are no middlemen to pay. So prices are less. I have been happy with the quality of the fabric, especially for the price.
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    I stopped ordering from them after two packages arrived in boxes way larger than the items I ordered. I'm talking moving box size for a book! It was just overkill. But their fabrics are really tempting...

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    The thread is fine, but a bit linty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61 View Post
    I have used their fabrics many times and they always seem to be high quality. I know they only do their own line and maybe they can have more control over their costs. Their shipping charges etc are also always reasonable.
    I agree with everything MamaBear said. Having their own line must help them control their costs. It has always been great quality when I've ordered (several times). I've heard good things about their thread but never tried it.

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    I have been using their thread for a long time now...I get the cones of natural, white and black because those are what I use most frequently. I bought some of their fabrics last year for a commissioned quilt and I have to say I was more than pleased with the quality!
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    Love Connecting Threads. I have made many quilts from thier fabric and it is fine. Cant use thier thread as it breaks to easy.
    There is a quilt shop in Phx that sells fabric as cheap as them. It is on 59 Ave and Northern.

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    I placed a huge order of solids from them when I ordered 1/2 yards at $1.56 a half yard. I spent $56. It was a huge box of fabric. I said I wasn't going to buy online anymore, but I couldn't say no to an offer like that. When they have a sale, you can't turn away from it. They just had batting on sale and I bought a huge box of batting from them, also. It was pre-packaged high quality batting and close to nothing. Their sales are tremendous. I can't pass them by, even if I don't have much left in the bank. I spend my last dollar there.
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