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Old 03-24-2008, 12:10 PM
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I went to the quilt store today to get thread for a few projects. I'm making yard flags from ripstop nylon so I found nylon thread.

What do you prefer to use in your quilting? I use hand quilting thread and 100% mercerized cotton (60 wt I think)--I was a bit overwhelmed at the choices.

Most spools ran anywhere from 6.99 up to $10. Anyone have any good sites/tutorials on what to get?

I also was a bit miffed at what type of needle to get to sew nylon? I picked up a pack of universal needles and I'll go from there.

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Old 03-24-2008, 12:45 PM
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WOW, where did you go shopping!? I use the rip stop nylon to make sails for fishing sail lines and I just use my polyester embroidery thread, it's about 4.00 if I remember right but that's debateable. I bought a spool of heavy duty nylon for outdoor furniture but it's coated with a waxy substance so I couldn't use it. We'd like to see your flags.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:07 PM
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Kathy, I just bought some thread from here: www.ConnectingThreads.com
Am very happy w/the thread, good prices too. Nancy
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:47 AM
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sewmuch - I second connecting threads! For 100% cotton machine quilting thread anyhow. That's where I buy pretty much all of my machine quilting thread. Even with shipping they cost less than at my local JoAnn's after coupon, and they have a lot more color choices and varigated threads. I'm also a huge advocate for their fabric!!! :)
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:59 AM
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I haven't ordered from Connecting Threads, YET. I've threatened to order from them several times and probably will when I buy more thread! :D
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Old 03-26-2008, 05:25 PM
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I buy thread from these folks:


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Old 03-26-2008, 05:41 PM
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has some great thread. They send out sales newsletters every couple of months.
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Old 03-27-2008, 11:25 AM
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I am having such a tough time trying to figure out what my machine likes. It has to be my machine--not me LOL
If I try using cotton thread while I'm quilting (machine quilting with or without my frame) the thread will continuously snap and break. Every 6-8 inches...SNAP. How frustrating! If I use a poly blend thread, it doesn't happen. Adjusting the tension does not work.
I have heard that using poly thread eventually "eats/cuts" away at the cotton fabric ruining the quilt.
Oh well. I don't have the option. I've tried lots of things but until I figure it out, all my quilts are made with poly threads.
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:15 PM
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Bonnie, try cotton covered poly thread. It gives you the durability of poly but is kind to cotton fabric. You should be able to get it at any department store in the sewing notions department and I think Joann's carries it as well. And it's not expensive.
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:40 PM
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I like the mercerized cotton, 50 wt, from Coats and Clark/Red Star. I use it for all my dressmaking (when I can colors to match) and quiltmaking.
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