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Old 11-15-2018, 11:15 AM
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I want to quilt a multi-colored I Spy quilt on my vintage sewing machine with a walking foot. Hypothetically, I'd like to use invisible thread on the top and blue thread on the bottom. I thought I had some invisible thread, but looked at it and it says "for hand quilting".

I have three questions:

What brand/weight/type of invisible thread should I buy. I would like to buy it locally. I have access to JoAnns, Hobby Lobby (carries Sew-ology thread) and Walmart. My closest quilt store does not carry invisible thread. (I just called and they said the owner does not like invisible thread for quilting.)

Do you have any suggestions that might help me make this work well?

Do you agree with my local quilt shop owner that invisible thread is too brittle?

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Old 11-15-2018, 12:02 PM
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Invisible thread is nothing like the old "fishing line" of day's past. A quality well made invisible thread is super fine and very supple. There is still a school of thought that nylon will turn brittle with age and use but I have found nothing to confirm that is the case with today's monofiliment threads. Unfortunately the brands I use and am familiar with you will not find at any big box store. You will have to order on line or find a quilt shop that carries them. But JoAnnes should carry something.

Superior threads monofiliment is "Monopoly" and unlike most monofiliments on the market, Monopoly is a polyester.

YLI makes a nice one called Wonder Invisible

Sew Art makes one that gets great reviews but I have never tried it

Finally Filtec (the makers of Glide thread) make a nylon one called Essence.

Here is a nice review I just found comparing several brands. Two that I have mentioned are included (Sew Art and YLI)

https://www.quiltersreview.com/six-i...t-to-the-test/
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YLI is my favorite monofilament. It is a nylon thread. I have tried polyester monofilaments, but find them less invisible than YLI. However, as fine as YLI is, it is still a little more "wirey" than I like for quilting (I use it for machine applique). What I prefer for invisible quilting is Bottom Line thread, which is 60wt and very fine and supple. The silver thread color (#623) seems to blend into everything from very light to very dark.

SewArt monofilament was the brand that Harriet Hargrave preferred, but I think it was discontinued years ago.
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I believe the man died in the couple that made Sew Art and she never got back to it. Harriet started her own line but don't know if that is still happening either. I just looked at some I bought 2-3 years ago that is Sew-Art International so sounds like someone took it over.
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I use to use mine but have forgotten about it lately.
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I guess I was always under the impression that monofilament was not ideal for children’s quilts that are likely to get washed time and time again...has the invisible thread improved over the years?
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Originally Posted by jmoore View Post
I guess I was always under the impression that monofilament was not ideal for children’s quilts that are likely to get washed time and time again...has the invisible thread improved over the years?
I don't think they use monofilament anymore. The site FelineFanatic suggested rated the Coats brand highly. Joann's had it. It's polyester. I use polyester thread all the time.

We'll see how well it works. I'll let you know. Of course, I won't know how it washes, as it will be donated, but polyester usually washes well.

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edit: Yes, according to the dictionary definition, polyester thread is a monofilament thread. Any synthetic single strand material is monofilament (one strand).

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It has been always my opinion and others that invisible thread is not safe for children’s quilts. Some charity groups do not allow it in quilts donated.
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This is an interesting thread. Personally I have enough trouble quilting when I can SEE the thread. I can't imagine what it would be like if I couldn't see it. I guess maybe nobody could the mistakes either. ha!
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I have used Gutterman and YLI and like both of them. I think the older monofilament threads were more brittle and didn't work out as well. I've made a lot of kids' quilts with invisible thread and only one I've had to repair the quilting which was on the bias (cross-hatched). I do keep my invisible thread in a plastic baggie. This may not be as important nowadays as it was when the invisible threads first came out though. And, yes, invisible on top and regular thread in the bobbin. Have never heard of using invisible for hand quilting. I haven't tried it but would anticipate that it might tangle and perhaps even shred with the process. It's hard enough to untangle thread that I can see!
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