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Thread: Help I'm at the End of My Spool!

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    On a Scale of one to Ten how great is the thread at Connecting Threads? Seriously I have been having all sorts of troubles with thread, and I'm about at the end of my spool! My sewing machine hates threads that make a lot of lint and I hate thread that isn't COLORFAST!

    We're talking about the Essential Thread Brand that you can buy at connecting threads website for $1.99 or $1.59 for a set.

    Does it break often? Is it smooth and silky, does it spilt and fray from running through the needle? Is it perfect and you can't imagine buying anything else? TELL ME PLEASE!

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    Gee I have some Connecting thread and I love it....but my first pick us Gutterman...maybe it is your needle or there is a burr in the machine.... could be a little out of time...when was the last time you had your machine serviced???? Good luck.... :-)

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    Oh the trouble I had with the Guttermann is that it isn't colorfast.

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    I've never had any problems with Connecting Threads Essential Thread. Give them a try and double check your needle and make sure it's the right size. Good luck.

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    My machine is very old, and it wont take expensive threads, the only threads it likes is the wal-mart 3/1.00 thread.

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    I HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY W/ESSENTIAL THREAD FROM CONNECTING THREADS, ALSO HAPPY W/PRICE.

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    My favorite thread is Mettler, second is Gutermann.

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    Interesting how we all like something different. I'm sure my needle is the correct size as I've always bought what was recommended for my fabric and my thread and use that little slide test to be sure.

    I have to clean the bottom of my machine out at least every half of a bobbin. Seeing as it was damaged in shipping I'm certain it has issues, but none of them can be fixed because the casting is bent. When my sewing machine dies it will be the end of quilting until my husband finds a job. So thanks but I'll just keep trying different threads until I find one that works all the time.

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    When your machine was damaged in shipping, did you file a claim and inform them it was damaged? If so, they should either pay for a new one, or pay to have that one fixed. You shouldn't have to pay for another one. I do hope your husband finds a job soon, I know this is a hard time.

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    Oh yes the shipping come did right by us, but it was an auction purchase so I can't get exactly the same thing at the store for the money they gave me (and the money went to groceries anyway).

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    We had the same problem with a spool of Connecting Threads. We changed the needle to a metallic needle. Now it works perfectly.

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    Do you have estate auctions where you are? I've bought probably 4 or 5 machines at auctions, 2 of them are old Singers, I don't know if they work, but the other ones do and I got them for under $30.00. It might be worth a try to see if you could get one.

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    I got my old ones at thrift store and garage sales...3 to 15 dollars. You should check them. I wish you were closer I would give you one :D

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    What great finds, we don't have auctions here like I'm used to most of the time they are auction houses where they buy entire houses of stuff and sell it off all in one day, but I've never seen anything like that.

    Years ago we saw an old sewing machine in a cabinet at a thrift store, but that was long before I'd dreamed of sewing. :D That place was great they had everything, I picked up a knit baby blanket for 50 cents once, but alas not enough people thought they were good because now they're gone. I'll continue to be on the lookout.

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    Ive tried the expensive threads at the shops and have troubles.
    So just went back to Coats and Clarks with the thread keeper on top.
    It always works and no clog ups in my new digital machine.
    Its the thread at Joanns.

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    I am NOT spendin' more on thread than on material :lol:

    I don't have any problems with the walmart mainstays brand, although I have switched over to coats & clarks dual duty (more colors.)

    Now either I have the world's most forgiving machine, or it's dumb luck - but I bought some "hand quilting thread" at joanns awhile back for like 50 cents a spool . . .and it works in the machine. I don't put it in the bobbin though.

    After hearing about machines giving people fits, I guess I just love the little starter machine I got a few years back for under $150 (Brother) and the "upgrade" I treated myself too this spring for under $200 (Singer).

    DD is using the Brother now to learn on :lol: and raiding my stash!

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    I have used Connecting Treads Essential Thread lots and lots. It is good, though I do get a little more lint in my feed dogs and bobbin area than I do with Mettler or Gutterman. I gave up on the Coats and Clarks and won't buy cheap thread now that I have an expensive machine. My Bernina dealer gave me a lecture on using good thread so I try to be careful.

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    I bought a Brother quilting machine at Tuesday Morning for 129 bucks.
    Its a good backup machine but it dosnt have needle down or pivot. It came with a plastic table and walking foot which is nice. It is a good cheap machine but I wanted a big throat for machine quilting.
    I love my new H. Viking with all the stuff I wanted. It is not a embroidery machine but has everything else. The price was good compared to Bernina.

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    Quiltinsolitude......I used "hand quilting thread" in my machine and was given a talk to from my quilt store...she said it will mess up the tension on the machine and then you will have to have your machine torn apart and cleaned...since the "hand quilting thread" has a wax on it it gums up the tension.....DON"T USE

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    Help I'm at the End of My Spool!

    That title is so cute. Do you know anyone who doesn't use their machine much and would be willing to loan it to you until the Sun Shines. I borrowed one of my Mom's machines until I could get a fairly good one for myself....and then my sister borrowed the same machine. I like the idea of watching the estate and garage sales for a good ole Singer that has metal parts. I would guess that many friends could help you watch for one.

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    Elizabeth, Do you have freecycle locally? I just got a Singer that is away at servicing but am anxious to try it out.
    www.freecycle.org

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    [quote=Loretta]I find if I don't clean my machine after each project, the lint builds up and can break threads. Do you have one of those little soft brushes to clean your bobbin case? [/quote

    Loretta & Elizabeth,
    I use an old regular toothbrush to clean lint. I do some work with flannels and find that my bobbin case is a real lint collector. Just a few swipes of the soft toothbrush and I'm good to go.

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    I've never had any problems with Connecting Threads Essential Thread

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    I have trouble with coats and clark in the all cotton big spools...So Connecting threads for that
    for dual duty I get the ex large 2.oo spools from Joanns :D

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    You know it's a bit funny to me all this "buy a new machine stuff". Seriously my machine isn't having any of the kind of problems that it would be having if I needed to REPLACE IT. Come now what's a bit of thread and lint anyway?

    I was just looking for a thread that would break or run or spilt.

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