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Old 03-16-2013, 03:44 PM
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Is there a difference between the two? I was trying to do some FMQ with Sulky Invisible thread. The top thread kept breaking. I'm taking a Craftsy class on machine quilting. Wendy Butler Berns is the instructor and she recommended monofilament thread for some projects. Was I doing something wrong that the top thread kept breaking?
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They're just different names for the same thing. No matter what you call it it's a pain to use. If you were feeding the thread off the end of the spool that could be why it was breaking. That causes it to twist and break.
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That's what I was doing. What is another option?
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That's what I was doing. What is another option?
It needs to come off the side of the spool so that it keeps some tension.
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So I put the spool of thread on the side of the machine? What keeps it from falling over?
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Put your spool in a cup behind your machine, then it can feed off the end like a horizontal spool would. I'm having to do this some spools of thread I purchased recently. It was twisting as it came off the vertical spool pin and my machines don't have horizontal pins.
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So I put the spool of thread on the side of the machine? What keeps it from falling over?
You put the spool on the upright spool holder so the thread comes off the side of the spool instead of off the end.
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I always put the monofilament thread spool in a coffee cup behind the sewing machine. It's been my experience that if you put it on the sideways spool holder, you may need a thread sock to keep it from spilling out and over the spool.
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I've used monofiliament, polyester and nylon invisible thread. I'm quilting now with Aurofil nylon. I really like it. I almost always use invisible thread for the top thread.
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I was taught to FMQ with monofilament thread and found it pain in the backside. It makes for a stiffer quilt and if you are wanting a softer hand, a baby/child quilt, you might find that cotton or rayon is a better choice. It is really a matter of personal choice so decide what you like and go for it. No quilt police here as far as I know.

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