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Thread: Embroidery Thread and Quilting?

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    Senior Member kaelynangelfoot's Avatar
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    Embroidery Thread and Quilting?

    I've been having a problem with my thread breaking constantly during FMQ (every few inches). After replacing my needle, adjusting the tension, and cleaning the bobbin case, I decided to try a different thread. I used a trilobal polyester by Signature A&E Inc, and it didn't break!

    This is primarily an embroidery thread, but its also the third brand I've used and the only one that didn't cause problems so far. Are there any issues with using this type of thread to quilt?

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    I use Isacord and Exquisite thread which I bought from sewforless.com, where I bought my machine. Both are embroidery threads. The owner said a lot of people use embroidery thread for sewing and quilting.

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    I use Metro embroidery thread quite a bit on the longarm. I bought an assortment of colors several years ago, and I love it.

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    Polyester thread is used a *lot* for quilting nowadays. My midarm likes Glide, another trilobal polyester thread, so that's all I use for quilting now.

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    I also use Glide .... Love it.

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    I have not used it, will have to give it a try.

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    We like Glide and Sylko (made by Coats)....gives a great sheen and runs great!

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    Good to know. I have a lot of embroidery thread.

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    Some embroidery thread is rayon, which is really not strong enough for typical piecing and quilting. It is the polyester embroidery threads that quilters play around with.

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    Granted, I used it only once for quilting so far, but I love Glide thread. It is strong, does not break and has a beautiful sheen to it. If you want the quilting to be less noticeable, try using any poly thread. It works just fine.

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    You might try using an embroidery needle with any thread-- 75/11 works well with my machine -- it's totally "not recommended" -- made the mistake of leaving it on and having the machine serviced -- the tech was "astonished" that that needle was in my machine and took it out! Glad I had a few more

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulalulu View Post
    You might try using an embroidery needle with any thread-- 75/11 works well with my machine -- it's totally "not recommended" -- made the mistake of leaving it on and having the machine serviced -- the tech was "astonished" that that needle was in my machine and took it out! Glad I had a few more
    Why is it not recommended?

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I've picked up a couple new types of embroidery thread by Isacord & Gutermann, and some new needles. Hopefully I will have time to play around with it this weekend!

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    I've been using machine embroidery thread for about 2 years and haven't had any problems yet, so I'll continue to use it. I use a "quilting" needle in my machine, either a 12 or a 14(don't remember which) and never had a problem with thread breakage. I get my thread from Metro.com, great prices and great service, it's a poly thread.
    Last edited by pocoellie; 07-25-2013 at 05:11 PM.

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