Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Free Motion Quilting...What type of thread? >

Free Motion Quilting...What type of thread?

Free Motion Quilting...What type of thread?

Old 09-10-2011, 06:36 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
kimnkell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Campton, Kentucky
Posts: 309
Default

Hello,
I am free motion quilting a quilt for my daughter on my machine and am having problems with the thread getting knots in it and breaking all the time. The thread I have is a real cheapo type of thread but this is my first free motion quilting and really had no idea what kind of thread to use. Does anyone have any suggestions on what type of thread is the best?
kimnkell is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 06:43 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Just-Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Middle of nowhere on a hilltop :)
Posts: 494
Default

Although I am new to FMQ-ing, I have had some of the same problems. There is more to those issues than just thread type... it depends on what your machine "likes", tension settings, hand vs. machine speed, etc. Do a search on here, as there have been many threads on this topic and other issues.
Just-Lee is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 06:48 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cedar Falls, IA
Posts: 767
Default

I like Superior's "SoFine" thread a lot. It is a polyester, but it feels like a cotton and quilts beautifully. I use it for both piecing and free motion quilting. I just finished a crib quilt today and I used a varigated 40wt Aurafil. Aurafil comes in both a 40w and a 50w, but I like the heavier 40wt version.

Don't use cheap thread - it just isn't worth it. Most people like 100% cotton thread, but the SoFine is great stuff. I think varigated threads hide a lot of erors too!

Pam
CanoePam is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 06:56 PM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Mitch's mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: TN
Posts: 1,443
Default

It could be your thread, it could also be your machine. Machines have 2 common bobbin set ups: Horizontal and Vertical. Most newer - not all - machines have a horizontal or 'drop in' bobbin. The thread has to turn a corner to form a stitch and on some machines it is almost impossible to FMQ on them. One noted for being unable to successfully FMQ with is the Brother Pacesetter PC-6500 (ask how I know) and there are others.

A vertical bobbin machine uses a bobbin inserted into a bobbin case. The thread path is straight up from the bobbin. Some machines like a class 15, a featherweight or a Singer 301, have the bobbin loaded at the end of the machine, others like Pfaff have the bobbin loaded from the front of the machine.
This is one of the many reasons most of us have several different machines!

I hope you get it sorted out, I'm sure your quilt will be beautiful.
Mitch's mom is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 07:10 PM
  #5  
Super Member
 
DogHouseMom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Knot Merrill, Southern Indiana
Posts: 5,781
Default

it could be anything or a combination of things. I suggest you change only one thing at a time to find out.

First ... put a scrap quilt sandwich together - don't do your tests or practice on the quilt. 9x9" is a good size to practice on.

Then change one thing at a time.

Start with the thread. Get a good or decent quality machine thread (NOT a "hand quilting" thread). Make sure the machine is threaded properly. Try to get something that is a 50wt - which is a pretty basic weight thread. Make a new bobbin with this thread and make sure the bobbin is loaded properly.

If you still have a problem, change the needle. Make sure you have the right size needle for the thread you are using. A good needle size for a 50wt thread is 70/10 - again it's a pretty basic size needle.

If you still have a problem ... then come back here and tell us where the thread is breaking. Is it breaking before the needle but after the tension discs? Is it breaking before the tension discs? Also, let us know what kind of machine you have. And, where are the knots? Is the upper thread knotting or the bobbin thread??

I would start with the thread, and then the needle. But try ONE thing first and rule it out before you move to the next 'fix'.
DogHouseMom is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 07:21 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
kimnkell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Campton, Kentucky
Posts: 309
Default

Thank You all.. this is some very helpful information. I will try changing the thread and see how that goes.
kimnkell is offline  
Old 09-10-2011, 07:23 PM
  #7  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 2,072
Default

good polyester embroidery thread works good on top and in the bobbin.
newbee3 is offline  
Old 09-11-2011, 03:15 AM
  #8  
Super Member
 
hopetoquilt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,860
Default

My babylock machine had the same problem with breaking when I used "machine quilting thread" sold at JoAnne's but worked fine with "all purpose thread" that was the same thread sewn at JoAnne's.

I am newer to machine quilting and am going to a quilt show where I hope to buy a spool of a few different brands of more expensive thread and see which one my machine "likes."

I would prefer to stick with cotton thread but the one I use now creates so much lint in my machine that I am considering crossing over to poly. thread.
hopetoquilt is offline  
Old 09-11-2011, 06:47 AM
  #9  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
kimnkell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Campton, Kentucky
Posts: 309
Default

The thread that I am using is Spun Poly T40 Serge Quilt thread. I got it because it was 3.99 for 6000 yards. Is there a difference between serger thread and quilting thread.. I don't know much about it...
kimnkell is offline  
Old 09-11-2011, 06:56 AM
  #10  
Super Member
 
hopetoquilt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 2,860
Default

I would definitely try Machine Quilting Thread or an all purpose thread. Use some scraps and leftover batting and try a few different brands/types of thread. See what works before you jump into working on your quilt.
hopetoquilt is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
cminor
Main
42
12-29-2013 11:47 PM
BellaBoo
Recipes
20
06-09-2012 07:55 AM
CAS49OR
Main
2
07-29-2011 02:55 PM
quiltwhisperer
Main
23
03-15-2010 12:28 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.