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Thread: Polyester thread for machine quilting? Leah Day suggests it

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    Polyester thread for machine quilting? Leah Day suggests it

    I watched a video last night from Leah Day and she said that's all she uses for machine quilting. She said that cotton thread broke every time she used it.
    Since I'm not trying to get better at FMQ it interested me. I was wondering what your experiences have been.
    I'm quilting on a Juki TL2010Q.
    Thanks!

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    i use all kinds of thread for quilting... luckily my Juki is not fussy
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    You can use whatever you like! I prefer polyester in my midarm , as there's less lint getting into bobbin area. Glide is nice...available now in a matte finish.You can even use thick, showy thread in your bobbin , and quilt with back of project on top for fancy " bobbin work" ! ( though a spare bobbin case set to looser tension is reccomended for that).

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    SusieQOH,

    I use Isacord which Leah uses. It’s wonderful. I also use Glide. It gives a bit of sheen to the stitches ;it makes your fmq look rich. I also use Superior micro quilter on busy fabric where I don’t want the quilting to distract from the fabric.


    EXperiment with different threads until you find what you like. Remember to pair your needle size with the thread weight.

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    I love poly thread for quilting and use it almost exclusively in my LA. I prefer the look of a shiny thread and I do get a lot of lint with cotton. This is more of a problem with LA than DSM because they work at much higher speeds than a DSM. I don't shun cotton, I will use it if the color is just right and I adore experimenting with threads. So I do use many different fibers and weights. It all depends what I am doing and what look I am going for. It is not uncommon for me to use several different types and weights of threads on a single quilt. I would suggest you explore all your options when it comes to thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieW View Post
    SusieQOH,

    I use Isacord which Leah uses. Its wonderful. I also use Glide. It gives a bit of sheen to the stitches ;it makes your fmq look rich. I also use Superior micro quilter on busy fabric where I dont want the quilting to distract from the fabric.


    EXperiment with different threads until you find what you like. Remember to pair your needle size with the thread weight.
    JanieW- yes, she recommends Isacord. I forgot to mention that. Do you know a good place to buy it?
    I was surprised when I watched the video. I don't know much about machine quilting,much less which thread
    to use! I thought everyone used cotton.

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    Susie,
    I’m in Canada so don’t know where a good source for Isacord would be for you. I buy it from my awesome sewing machine dealer as I like to support them. Hopefully someone in the US can tell you where to buy.

    I hope you get some and give it a try. Let us know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanieW View Post
    Susie,
    Im in Canada so dont know where a good source for Isacord would be for you. I buy it from my awesome sewing machine dealer as I like to support them. Hopefully someone in the US can tell you where to buy.

    I hope you get some and give it a try. Let us know what you think.
    Thanks, JanieW- I just bought some on Leah's site and the price and shipping were very reasonable. I'll let you know when I get it.
    I love Canada- my in-laws had a camp on the St. Lawrence and we went into Ontario many times. But I want to see more of your lovely country.

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    I haven't tried anything but King Tut cotton with my HandiQuilter. I like the results, and the idea of cotton thread with cotton fabric is appealing to my orderly brain. I suppose I might experiment in the future, but right now my focus is on improving my FMQ skills rather than experimenting with thread.

    I wonder why Leah had the problem with cotton thread breaking.
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    I use any kind of thread too. My machine isn’t picky about thread. I prefer polyester. It’s less lint.
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    I use machine embroidery thread for quilting on many projects. There is a little sheen to the thread which I like and it seldom breaks. It can be used in the bobbin if you like the colors to match.

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    I prefer cotton but I have used polyester sometimes. The appearance is very different so it depends on what you desire in that respect. I frequently use cotton on the top and bottom line (poly) in the bobbin. I have had good success with this combination.

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    I longarm quilt so about 99% of the time I use polyester thread. Cotton breaks often due to the high speed machine
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    Poly is easier to use for fmq but super has high quality king tut cotton that doesn't shred compared to other brands imho if you like cotton use superior
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    I use a variety of threads for quilting. They all seem to work well for me.
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    I only use Glide 40 wt polyester thread on my long arm. This is my preference, not what my machine prefers. I have tried all kinds of threads on it and had no issues.

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    I use both on the LA, but prefer poly because so much less lint, doesn't break as often and I like some of the shinier threads on some quilts. Superior threads are my fav, but I also like Marathon trilobal that is same weight as BottomLine. One feature that I use to make thread choice is the weight--most cotton ones are #30 or #40 and I prefer a #50 or higher as I like dense quilting.

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    If I have thread breakage with cotton quilting thread I switch needle size from 14 to a 16 and it stops. I quilt on either a Babylock Jane or a Juki TL98QE.
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    "I wonder why Leah had the problem with cotton thread breaking."

    Domestic machines are a little more fussy than longarms I believe.
    I mainly use Isacord thanks to Leah!

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    I've FMQ with Connecting Threads Essential threads before, which are 100% cotton and didn't have a problem, but it's been several years, since I discovered Metro machine embroidery thread to FMQ.

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    My Jukie seemes to prefer cotton machine quilting thread. If not used it will break frequently.
    ently.

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    I started using Isacord a few years ago after taking a FMQ class with Leah Day on DSMs. I purchased it online as I rarely see it sold in LQSs. Now that I am starting to quilt on a LA I am using Glide too and it doesn’t lint compared to cotton.
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    I use polyester and signature cotton , I like them both . Don't have a problem with the signature cotton no breaks .

    But a lot of lint .

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