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Thread: Quilt thread

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    I have used the Thread Heaven..LOVE IT!! Best purchase I made today

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    I find that the longer thread I start with, the more knotting I get. I like to cut a piece no longer than from my wrist to my shoulder. Seems to work better. I have also had less shredding with a shorter thread. I also use a gold eye needle.

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    Make sure you thread the needle from the end of the spool. Run your thread through your thumb and forefinger, and the 'correct' way feels smoother than the other way. Try to keep the length of the cotton about 18" at maximum and move the needle along the length of thread every now and then to stop it getting thin in one spot. Hope you find the tips useful.






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    I was always taught to put the needle through the fabric, then to put my thumb on the thread right where it first is coming through the fabric, then pull the thread.I can use very long lengths of thread this way, and all kinds if thread, and it never knots.

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    Try waxing it after you thread your needle.

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    Gitermann thread is the worst to hand quilt/sew with. I love it for piecing though. Most of my friends use Surafil.

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    Use the bee's wax circle. Bee's wax comes in the plastic circle with slots in the circle. Just thread your needle and from the needle end, put you thread thru a slot, or you could pull the thread thru before you thread it in you needle. Hope this helps

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    I've used Gutermann but right now I'm hand quilting with Coats Cotton, but always run my cut thread through my little blue box. The blue box is "Thread Heaven" tread conditioner sure takes care of tangles..
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    I buy the hand quilting kind to make yo-yo's, but never really hand quilted anything.
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    I use beezwax on my thread and have no breakage or tangling.

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    Bee's wax works well. Just run your thread through it before sewing. Also, if you are hand sewing something, don't use quilting thread as it is too heavy. I use regular cotton for piecing and silk for applique.

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    I know an old trick, I will try to explain it, when you thread your needle pull the thread between two fingers and twang it like a guitar string, it works for me every time!

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    If you can't find thread heaven, use beeswax or run your thread across a candle stub.

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    I keep a small candle on the table, to run my thread..

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    I hand quilt. If I can't find hand quilting thread which is coated in the colors I want, I buy 100% cotton quilting thread and run each piece thru my beeswax circle, usually a couple of times. Also am careful to knot the end that comes off the spool last. Also keep each piece to about 18 inches long. One of the tricks I have found that works for me is, after every time I load the needle with stitches and pull it thru the fabric, I move the thread that is in the eye just a little so the same spot does not take the strain over and over. When I am careful to do that, I seldom have any knotting or breaking problems.
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    I'm with Mad. Thread the needle with the loose end and there won't be any problems, unless your needle is damaged.
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    Which end of the thread to knot? I learned to always knot the first end off the spool, and did that faithfully until I started using Connecting Threads cotton thread--I have to knot the trailing end of that to avoid knots! Made in India, maybe it's twisted in reverse, or wound onto the spool from the opposite end? I'll try looking at it with a magnifying glass tomorrow, when my vision's better than at night.

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    I hand piece and hand quilt and only use YLI thread.

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    Maybe you're cutting your thread too long. When I have that happen, that is the reason.

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    I hand quilt and I use coats & Clark hand quilting thread. I tried Gutermans and found it to be horrible. If you can find it Americana is the best I've ever used. All my opinion, of course. No offense to those that love Gutermans. I think that maybe their machine thread is made better.

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