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Need some input on thread use please

Need some input on thread use please

Old 12-31-2010, 09:09 PM
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I always use 50 wt Essentials thread from Connecting threads to piece & to quilt. I really like the thread & the price but would like your input on using it for both piecing & quilting . I was just wondering if a lighter wt or a heavier wt would be better for the actual quilting. Or do you use the same for everything? Thank you for the help
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:10 PM
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i have no idea but i bet someone will
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:14 PM
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I believe it's a matter of choice. I love CT essentials and do use it for both. But I also use heavier threads on some quilts. It depends on the 'look' I want to achieve. May I suggest you try a few different threads on some practice sandwiches and see which you like better.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:16 PM
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I use Connecting Threads thread for piecing and quilting. Works great for both and I have never had a problem with it.
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:42 PM
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I only use 50 wt. for piecing, but sometimes use 40 or 30(heavier) for quilting. It's all based on preference and the amount of quilting you prefer in your quilts. If you use heavier than 50 wt. in piecing you will have to change your needle position to get the scant 1/4". If you do a LOT of quilting or thread painting then 50 or even lighter 60 wt. may be more what you're looking for. Honestly, I've got a thread stash going and enjoy the freedom of my different weights, colors and variety to choose from!
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Old 12-31-2010, 09:46 PM
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I go with Coats and Clark for the most part.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:15 PM
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I haven't tried Connecting Threads thread, but I do use 50wt Aurifil for both piecing and quilting with no problems.
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Old 12-31-2010, 10:42 PM
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I like something heavier than 50wt for quilting :D:D:D
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:07 PM
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I use Connecting Threads thread for piecing and for quilting. I think it is a good thread to use in Stitch-in-the-ditch work where the quilting doesn't show much.

I also like to use Star thread (from Coats and Clark). Recently, I started to branch out and play with thicker threads and decorative types for quilting.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:28 PM
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I use whatever color matches or contrasts with the fabric. Otherwise, I don't pay much attention to the thread name, just use whatever is in my thread box. I have, however, removed the threads that are on wooden spools and am keeping them for crazy quilting where lots of different ones are used. That way no one spool will be essential to the structural safety of the lap robes.
The wooden spools are much older than the more modern plastic holders and I'm not too sure they are worthy of using in a kids' much loved and much washed lap quilt.
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