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Thread: machine quilting thread?

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    machine quilting thread?

    i had not quilted in some time (like a few years...) but am back having fun! i thought i would try to machine quilt a lap quilt i am making...but my question for you pros....what weight of thread do you use? any suggestions as to thread??
    thank you!

    oh, here's the quilt (though my dd has just asked for me to make it bigger...)...i thought i would just stitch in the ditch and maybe 1/4" around each rectangle...using warm and natural...would that be enough quilting?


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    With Warm and Natural batting you can quilt lines up to 10" or so apart.

    Instead of SID, why not do a serpentine stitch over those seams? It's a much more forgiving stitch, more fun to do, plus it gives a nice soft effect on geometric quilts.

    My preference is for variegated Aurifil 2-ply 50wt thread, which is similar to Mettler 60wt. This is a slightly finer thread than the regular 3-ply 50wt that most people piece with.

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    I like a heavier thread so I use a 40wt. King Tut is my favorite. It depends on what look you are going for.

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    You can use any weight ... experiment and see what you like!

    The finer the thread ... the less noticeable any mistakes you make.
    The coarser it is, takes on a different look ... almost a "look at me" for the stitching.

    Try some different ones and see what you like!

    I've used as fine as 100wt Wonderfil ............ and as coarse as 35wt (sorry, can't remember the name).
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    thank you so much for the advice and the ideas! and yes, i will practice some serpentines....what a great idea!

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