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    Senior Member rismstress's Avatar
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    Does anyone know if the "quilting thread" for sale by connecting threads is ok to use for hand quilting? I know this is not glazed thread, but I can wax it. It's 50 wt. They have such lovely colors, Iwould like to try it.
    Thanks in advance for your information,
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    Sorry, I don't know.

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    Yes you can! :lol:

    I belong to a quilting group and that is all that one lady uses! Swears by it , and makes some beautiful quilts.

    Another lady ... older .... been quilting for over 50 years - she uses coats all purpose thread. Doesn't like the "hand quilting" thread at all because it is too heavy. She uses votive candles to slide the thread through.

    Hope that helps!
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    Senior Member rismstress's Avatar
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    thank you for your information. I may try some of it in a practice piece to make sure it works.
    Cheryl

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    This is an interesting point. When I hand quilt I usually use a 40 weight cotton thread & don't bother running it through my beeswax.....about 10 years ago....everyone told me...you MUST run your thread through beeswax so that it doesn't tangle..... I still have the same BLOCK of beeswax...I'm still hand quilting (usually with a 40 wt but sometimes lighter or heavier)

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    Another question please... How can I find the weight of the thread? I'm VERY new to hand quilting and am having trouble with my Coats & Clark All Purpose thread fraying and tangling. Very frustrating to keep cutting it away from the needle. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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    Usually you can find the information on the spool label. It will say something like 50/3 or 60/2. The first number is the weight of the thread and the second number is the number of plys to the thread.

    I have never had very good luck with Coats all purpose for hand sewing. I would say to run it thru beeswax and then iron over it to melt the wax into the thread. That may help with the fraying. I use one of the little Clover craft irons for ironing my thread. I use the beeswax on almost any thread if I am hand sewing.

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    I too hand quilt, for the last 12 yrs and I use Coats and Clark all cotton, glazed and. I have one of those bees wax things, but never use it. I have other hand quilting thread that I paid twice as much for, but it is too thin.Her is a picture of the one I am working on now.



    It's not wrinkled, just was folded up and needs ironing, that is white [email protected] thread in this. I couldn't find anywhere on the spool about the weight, but it just always feels right to me. I too have wondered about the thread from there , but was afraid to order it, scared that it also might be too thin.
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    I don't do hand quilting, but was told by a few quilt store owners that coats and clark uses short staple cotton which can make it fray , I switched to the egyptian long staple cotton thread from connecting thread, stronger thread.
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    Looks like you are quilting the squares one at a time. Then do you sew together for the quilt? I've only seen completed quilts being hand quilted. Sure looks like an efficient process your way. Thank you for the reply. I don't see any numbers on the thread... just T2. I'm so new that I have to do some more searching to find just the right brand. Have a great quilting day!

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    That's helpful. Thanks so much.

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    Here is a thread chart from Coats and Clark. I have no problem with Coats but I have read it will put grooves in machine tension disks faster than other thread. If you have a new rather touchy machine I wouldn't use it for peicing or quilting. I have an vintage Singer that could probably sew bobwire if I wanted. :D I really can't find the definite answer to why Coats has such a bad reputation)

    [/url] http://www.coatsandclark.com/Products/Sewing/Threads/Coats+Sewing+Thread+Advisor.htm[url]

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    Thanks, bella... I use egyptian thread for all machine piecing/quilting. I'll keep searching for just the right thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judyq
    Looks like you are quilting the squares one at a time. Then do you sew together for the quilt? I've only seen completed quilts being hand quilted. Sure looks like an efficient process your way. Thank you for the reply. I don't see any numbers on the thread... just T2. I'm so new that I have to do some more searching to find just the right brand. Have a great quilting day!


    Yes Judy, you sew the squares together after quilting them. I don't do too many this way, but wanted to do some pretty quilting on the olive green material. It is a fun way to be able to take work where ever you are going.
    I usually quilt in a long floor frame.

    good luck finding the just right thread for you!

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    It is a good all purpose thread. Works great on machine and hand quilting. Gotta love it.

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    Have read that Coats and Clark threads tear and shred. Guttermans threads are suppose to be better. Look for thread that says hand quilting. Use it for just that. Don't put hand quilting thread in your machine if the thread is coated.

    My fabric store told me it's ok to use hand quilting thread as long as it is not coated. I am going to try hand quilting myself. Not sure if I will enjoy it, but need something to do while in the chair or at the tv.

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