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    Quilting with Poll or Cotton Thread

    Good Morning Ladies,

    This is my first question for the board and after lurking for sometime and enjoying your posts and helpfulness, friendliness I have gathered my nerve to post what perhaps is a redundant question. In hopes I may glean a better understanding of something I can't quite grasp as of yet.

    I'm a novice quilter ( maybe even less than..) I'm stitching a Grandmother's flower garden by hand (paper piecing) - and a dresden plate large fan size on the machine with Mettler cotton covered polly thread? I think , thats what it is...anyway. I'm practicing free motion quilting small bits with the Mettler and a 14 needle with not much problem. I purchased an Etsy Class - woots - and had a great time with that! Gained lots of info on free motion. ( not much on threads and needles).

    I suppose the question is - do I free motion with what I have? Or do I go with a nice shiny poly thread ? And how do I determine what thread and needle size? It seems to be a deep multi scary universe out there.

    To give you an idea of my dohness I just figured out my birds nest and needle freezes were caused because (SURPRISE) !!I needed to clean my bobbin.

    I'm so new at this and it's all a language I have no clue. I'm sewing more by hand than I'm by machine sometimes... ( kinda addicted to the paper piecing). lolol .Any help would be sooooooo welcome and muchly appreciated. When I get my quilt top unfolded after the cat gives up her spot I'll take a pic... the top is a little " green" I was thinking GARDEN PATH... lol the cat is thinking " mine" I should say cats.. they take turns of ownership. And my poor dresden needs to get finished so I need to do the thread choice thing . lol .. Imma lost cause. THANK YOU.

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    to learn about needles & thread visit the Superior Threads website- they offer a vast amount of free information to teach you all about different threads, needles- sizes, weights, uses...they have free charts you can print off that tell you about each different thread- what it is best used for, the weights it comes in and what needles to use with it. a great resource to have- they also have classes & clubs. you should clean your bobbin area with every bobbin change- as for should you use a ('shiny polyester'?) - if you want to-- people quilt with all kinds of different threads- for all kinds of reasons- cotton, polyester, silk, invisible, metallic; some like very fine threads, some like heavier threads- as long as the thread is strong (doesn't break constantly while you are trying to quilt with it) and gives you the look you are wanting it is ok to use it- some machines prefer one thread over another (machines sometimes seem to have minds of their own) visit the superior threads website- and experiment, do practice pieces trying different threads, needles- be adventurous.
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    I shall head over there and begin reading. I know the needles I got with the machine Janome Magnolia was Organ Brand...and I totally guessed about thread. lol.. Imma off to a new site. Thanks a million ... I really am not into needing shiny newness and fancy little bells and whistles because - I'm just starting out. I'm lucky I can get a straight line to begin and then start to get a gentle curve happening when I want one. I'm looking for stability and no hassle with tension. So far, knock on wood. My little machine sings... I'm scared to mess with it.... lol . eepps... lol.. off I go and see what I can learn. ( I don't know the benefits of Poly from cotton so I'll read more too). Thank you Ckcowl.

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    PS: Never knew I should clean the machine after every bobbin change whew... I just made a note of that.

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    I just went through this between coton and poly. I chose cotton but no longer buying Mettler. I've just developed a problem with Mettler creating too much lint. I'm switching to Aurafil. Your needle question you may find an answer to at the Schmetz site. Google Schmetz and you will find needle charts telling which to use for thread size and weight and purpose. Don't be shy about posting. Being a "super user" can sound intimidating but everyone who has responded to my questions has been great. I"m new to the Board and posting, but we've all asked these questions and this Board is the best place to be for answers, knowledge you didn't even know you needed and inspiration. Welcome

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumikoKeel View Post
    PS: Never knew I should clean the machine after every bobbin change whew... I just made a note of that.
    My Bernina requires oiling with cleaning the bobbin case. You can usually tell by the sound.

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    I never realized Aurifil had a cotton? Nice going!! I had a terrible mess with my machine **coughing* spitting* gagging* I had no idea it was the bobbin all gummed up...! I bought a sewing machine vacuum thingy, then cleaned the whole thing the best I could. It has been singing since. Not one person, not even the sales person told me to clean the bobbin, till this forum... I guessed when I pulled it out and found a bunch of lint the size of my head in there. ( lightly kidding ) lol.

    Ok, so I'm gonna make a list of reading materials and go exploring. ( Welcome to the board too Reb) and thank you. so much!!!

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    Reb, I had to be deaf. I seriously never noticed a change... or maybe I did but, it was so subtle.

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    My Janome never needs oiling. Not sure why... Yeah, me.. :P No mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SumikoKeel View Post
    My Janome never needs oiling. Not sure why... Yeah, me.. :P No mess.
    Not sure why mine does. But, I took it to my dealer to check my FMQ and the first thing they checked was the bobbin inside casing mechinism found out it was dry. They put in a drop of oil and sounded smooth as glass after that. They informed me that a drop of oil should be applied after each bobbin used up. However, the Mfg did not state that in the manual. They have a real quality service repair dept. They are the ones who discovered this. Glad for you with your Janome, one less thing to think about.

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    Sumiko Welcome!

    The answers above as always ... right on the mark. I can only add ... keep those practice squares!!

    After you feel comfortable with the general "feel", try different threads (each with appropriate needle), and label your scraps with thread type, needle used and tension setting. Keep those scraps as your FMQ encyclopedia!! hint: as additional practice you can write the "label" with FMQ!!

    Also experiment with different thread weights in the top and bottom, and here it becomes very important to keep notes on needle and tension settings.

    Now GO PLAY!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Oooh never thought of keeping a quilt " patch FMQ diary... I toss them in a huge bin and never keep track of what is what. eeppsie. that is a great idea Sue.. ( one I never thought of)...
    Going to get a binder out for that one. I'm getting more excited

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    You know Reb, I should call the guy I bought this thing from . He is supposed to know about this and is also the one who does the service on it... I don't want to mess it up. I really want to keep her in good shape.

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    My Janome is a no oil too but that means only the gear parts They are self lubricating with embedded silicone. The metal parts have to have oil on any machine. The tech told me to not store the no oil machine for a very long period of time without using them, the silicone parts needs to be used.
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