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    Does it really matter

    Does it really matter weather you use cotton or poly thread piecing and quilting your quilt? I've been using cotton thread on top and prewound poly bobbins. Is this wrong? And are the quilt police going to show up on my doorstep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    Does it really matter weather you use cotton or poly thread piecing and quilting your quilt? I've been using cotton thread on top and prewound poly bobbins. Is this wrong? And are the quilt police going to show up on my doorstep?
    I use whatever I have handy that is the right color at the time. I have been quilting for at least 40 years. Unless you are making quilts to enter is some fancy completion I wouldn't worry about things like that.

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    I don't use poly thread because of the old days from the 70s. I guess since there are quilters who like the stuff that they must have improved the quality of the thread. I will just stick with my Mettler Silk wrapped thread. It has never given me any problems with using it since the 90s.
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    The poly will melt if you need to iron. I learned the hard way. Glad it was only on one block.
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    I use Poly ILY thread all the time for piecing. Thin and strong and I've never had it belt when ironing blocks. Comes in big cones so it is really affordable.

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    You may be thinking of the "invisble" threads. I use Guterman's 100% polyester for everything and it never, ever melts I'm happy to say!

    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda View Post
    The poly will melt if you need to iron. I learned the hard way. Glad it was only on one block.
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    I prefer poly thread for my bobbins. I keep my iron on med heat and no problem with poly melting although I have never had quality poly melt when pressing seams using a hotter iron. I tried to melt a poly seam and it took much longer then I would ever leave an iron on the seam.
    I mostly buy Superior poly threads and pre wound bobbins for piecing. Mettler thread is not silk wrapped, it's silk finished. No silk in the thread at all. Everything you want to know about thread is here: http://www.superiorthreads.com/education/
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    I don't do show. What I use is what I have on hand. I usually buy double or triple when it comes to the neutrals. I usually have 4-5 bobbins wound at a time of the neutrals. I also have 2 bobbin cases for each machine. I have the cases labeled for each machine.

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    Even award winning show quilts have been made/ quilted with polyester threads! If poly thread had been available when my grandmother was young she would have used it! It is stronger than cotton and colorfast.
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    If it's the perfect colour, I use it. I am not afraid of the Quilt Police!

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    I try to use the same on the top and bottom - but I do not know if it really matters or not
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    I also use whatever - but because a lot of the thtead I have is 'older" - I do check it for strength before using it.

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    the poly thread will not melt now days

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    poly is fine, people use it all the time. I just used so fine poly to piece a quilt, worked just fine.
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    What kind of thread I use depends on what I'm doing. The one I'm working on right now had a lot of piecing and quilting.

    So I decided to use Maxilock serger thread so I don't go broke just buying thread. If it's on sale I can get two 3K cones for $5. I believe it's cotton. I can iron it at any rate.

    What I'm working on now has cream backing so for decorative topstitch I'm using tan Coats & Clarks with white serger thread in the bobbin.

    Of course the thread doesn't fit on my Singer 9022. I hung the cone upside down from the chandalier with a rubber band paper clip binder clip affair. It's cheap, it works so I'm happy.

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    Using a fine cotton thread in both top and bobbin (Aurifil 50wt 2-ply) works best for me. I have tried experimenting using polyester thread for piecing. When using in both top and bobbin, I find that the stitches at the end of a piece are much more likely to loosen. On my machine, if I use poly in the bobbin and cotton on top, I notice that my seams do not lie as smooth. It probably depends on how picky you are and perhaps also on how your machine handles these threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManiacQuilter2 View Post
    I will just stick with my Mettler Silk wrapped thread. It has never given me any problems with using it since the 90s.
    Mettler thread is not 'wrapped' in silk. The 'silk' - which is actually 'silk finish' refers to the manufacturing process and is 100% cotton. A common misconception.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda View Post
    The poly will melt if you need to iron. I learned the hard way. Glad it was only on one block.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    You may be thinking of the "invisble" threads. I use Guterman's 100% polyester for everything and it never, ever melts I'm happy to say!
    I agree - I use Superior's Bottom Line (60 wt poly) for everything and it never, ever melts either. And I use a hot iron.

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    [QUOTE=Happy Linda;7118599]The poly will melt if you need to iron. I learned the hard way. Glad it was only on one block.[/QUOTEI

    I made a beautiful quilt. I sandwiched it and was quilting it and it all was coming apart. When I checked the seams, the thread was really stiff and scratchy. I continued quilting by stitching very very close to the seam on the side the seams were pressed. what happened was when I ironed the top getting it ready, I melted the thread. It held until I was quilting and it was too late to re stitch the seams. did the best I could.

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    I have tested both my YLI nylon monofilament thread and my poly thread by placing a strand on my ironing board and ironing with my hottest iron setting (which on my Rowenta is very hot!). Neither melted. In fact, I could not perceive any change in the threads even after leaving my hot iron on them for a minute at a time. I think a problem with melting thread is a rarity these days. Manufacturing advances are probably the reason.

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    I have always used cotton for piecing but would be willing to give poly thread a chance.

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    I just use whatever I have handy that is the right color range. Most often it is Coats & Clark all purpose. Sometimes it is whatever is in those little multicolor kits from the $ store (keep those handy for travel use). Occasionally it is the cones (either large or small) that I've picked up wherever I spot one in a color I don't have on hand. I'm sure at least some of this is all poly. I've never had a problem with thread melting, although I've had issues with certain scraps shrinking perceptibly when pressing. I'm guessing those scraps were acrylic or possibly polyester.

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    I use whatever I have.

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    JeanK, I'll bet that thread was nylon. I've bought nylon "invisable" a couple of times and hated it. It's wiry. And it melts. I've used all kinds of poly. Good ones are at least as soft as cotton and do not melt at any ironing temperature the fabric can take.

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    I use whatever I have. Ignore those who tell you you "have to" do/use anything.

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