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Old 03-26-2021, 04:14 AM
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I've pretty much decided that I'm going to hand quilt my sister's Double Wedding Ring. Thankfully with the American Rescue Plan passed, we're just waiting on our payment so I can get her batting and backing and I can get it started, but I've been doing some research and now I have some questions.

I'm doing the metal to metal technique but my questions are about the thread. Everything I've seen so far, suggests using a 28 weight thread for hand quilting, which I have no problem with. I was originally going to machine quilt and bought the thread for it. I can use that thread for another project at a later date if I have to, but I was wondering how much of a difference using a 28 weight thread versus something like a 40 weight would be? I know a lot has to do with strength, so therefore the durability of the stitching, but is it also the look and feel of the stitching, as well?

I really want to do this right, so like I said, if I have to use 28 weight, I'll just have to maneuver some things around a bit. I'm just curious about your thoughts and what you normally would use for hand quilting.


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Old 03-26-2021, 04:32 AM
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Myself, I would not use 28 weight thread unless you are going to quilt a big stitch. I would use a regular hand quilting thread. I use YLI hand quilting thread.
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Old 03-26-2021, 04:44 AM
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I agree with P-BurgKay. I prefer YLI hand quilting thread. I have used Coats and Clark hand quilting thread without a problem as well.
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Old 03-26-2021, 06:01 AM
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I use Coats and Clark quilting thread for all my hand quilting. It is smooth and easy to handle. I have hand quilted 5 out of 6 DWR quilts and the hand quilted DWR's came out so nice.
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Old 03-26-2021, 06:31 AM
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I prefer Gutermann hand quilting thread for hand quilting. It tangles less then Coats&Clark for me and doesn’t fray as much at the needle eye. I can do a rocking stitch and load about 5 stitches at a time on my hand quilting needle. If you cannot do a rocking stitch, there is a method called “ stab” stitching that you can look up on the internet. 🪡
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Old 03-26-2021, 01:18 PM
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I never look at the weight, I just get hand quilting thread.
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Old 03-26-2021, 01:59 PM
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I think it's Aurifil that recommends using their 28 wt. for hand quilting; I tried it once because I was trying to match many colors, but I didn't like it. It was constantly breaking/fraying off my needle (it's only 2-ply and it doesn't seem very strong to me). I prefer a regular hand quilting thread like Gutermann's. If you were doing big stitch or trying for a decorative effect, then I think the 28 wt. would be appropriate.
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I really like the Gutermann hand quilting thread.
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I'm not entirely sure how big the stitch is going to be, I've got some of the background fabric sandwiched up and marked, I was going to play around this weekend with it to find out what looks better and go from there. My gut is thinking maybe a medium size stitch because of the curves involved, that's why I decided to hand quilt instead of machine quilt, I can't seem to get the curves right if I'm working on the machine. I'm still practicing my FMQ'ing, it's just taking a little longer than I hoped, mainly due to the migraine swarms I've been having. I haven't told my sister yet that I'm hand quilting it, I thought I would surprise her with it.

Thank you so much, ladies. Going to check with YLI, Coats & Clark and Gutermann's to see if I can match her colors now. You guys are the best.
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I use Coats and Clark hand quilting thread.
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