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Thread: Machine Applique

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    Machine Applique

    I want to use invisible thread on an applique project but I have no idea what thread to use. Can anyone help me with this please?

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    I usually use a color that matches the fabric I am appliqueing. I don't like invisible thread. It is pokey and hard to keep knotted.

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    there are a number of different invisible threads on the market- some are like fish line- melt if an iron hits them- and are pokey when they break (like the tag in that shirt that drives you stark raving mad poking you)
    others do not melt- hold up to laundering- and are soft-
    another option is silk thread in a neutral color-light gray or cream for light fabrics, dark gray/natural for darker fabrics work well- blend in and about disappear.
    visit thread sites (like Superior Threads, Atlanta Thread company, Sulky...to name a few)
    they (especially Superior threads) have free sheets you can print off telling you about all the different threads - what they are good for- what needle to use- what they are good for---
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    If my raw edge project is for a wall hanging the sulky invisable is fine for me, or even leave it raw edge as it won't be washed frequently. However, if I am going to wash the item I like the silk thread too.........calla

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treasureit View Post
    I usually use a color that matches the fabric I am appliqueing. I don't like invisible thread. It is pokey and hard to keep knotted.
    I use invisable thread for applique, using a small zigzag stitch. I'm using Signature Transparent Monofilament Nylon, I use it for applique and peicing have never had a problem with it on things I wash frequently and wall hangings. Am sending a picture of block I have done with this thread. Maggie
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    I use YLI nylon monofilament, which is very fine. It comes on a cone, which I keep in a small mason jar behind my machine with a thread cover on it (stolen from my serger stash). There are some tricks to using a fine monofilament like this. If you decide to go this route, check previous threads (no pun intended!) for additional info, or I can post again.

    I should add that I have tried Invisafil and a polyester monofilament from Superior Threads for invisible machine applique, and the problem is that they are just not as invisible as the YLI.

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    Superior's line is nice smoke for dark fabrics and clear for light

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    I ran across this link last night on machine applique.

    http://bunnyhillblog.com/2009/02/04/...e-and-machine/

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