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    Quilting Thread

    Does anyone use signature cotton thread? I usually use king tut varigated thread, which I like. This thread can be pricey. I thought I would try the signature varigated thread. I haven't been quilting very long, so I would really appreciate your opinions.

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    My machine (Janome 1600 on a New Joy frame) prefers King Tut, so that's what I use. Too much of a headache to rip out everything if the machine doesn't like it. JMO.

    Having said that, I'll use whatever I have for piecing, but I've recently fallen in love with Bottom Line for hand applique and piecing mini quilts.

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    I like Bottom Line in my bobbins. I started using it on my LA, but have started using it in my bobbin for piecing. It's a 60 wt thread, so you can get a lot of thread on your bobbin.

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    I tried using Signature thread several times and found it ravels and breaks easy. The amount you save to me is not worth the aggravation. Sandy 64

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    If you've been using King Tut, you will be spoiled at using anything else. I too use King Tut, but occasionally, I use Essential.....but if I have something special, I'll revert back to KT. I hate ripping out problems.
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    I purchased some Signature and had no trouble sewing with it after adjusting tension. BUT it is so linty, I have use compressed air in the entire bobbin area after ever empty bobbin. I won't be buying more.
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    I have a Gammill and use mostly Signature thread with no problems. I understand Gammills like Signature. I have also used Marathon thread, which I like alot, and wish they had more colors. It's not much more expensive than Signature, and I like the quality better. I recently bought some King Tut, but haven't tried it yet. I bought it to try to get a better color match for a specific quilt, and it turned out that the thread I already had on hand was best, so the King Tut threads are still unused.

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    I like Aurifil 50wt 2-ply variegated thread for quilting, but I think it is considerably thinner than King Tut (which I haven't used). I like it because it is very smooth, creates almost no lint, and because it is a fine thread the bobbin holds more of it (so I don't have to change the bobbin so often). I use this thread for piecing also. My machine loves it, and I love it!

    If you want to try out Aurifil, http://www.sewezdesigns.com is having a terrific close-out sale on it for the rest of May. It is only $6 per spool, so is a really good deal if you buy multiple spools. My LQS carries only a few colors and charges about $11 per spool.

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    Have never tried signature cotton thread. I use Aurefill for piecing, and Maxi-Lock for quilting on my mid-arm.

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    I had piece and hand quilt so I can't help you on this one.

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    I use only King Tut, reason being I tried others and my Sweet 16 was very unhappy. It isn't worth the difference in price to waste hours adjusting the tension back and forth and picking out ugly stitches. I'll keep my King Tut. You can get it cheaper, just google it.

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    I have a Janome 11000SE & I use signature thread for piecing & machine quilting. I love it. Never have had a problem with it. But it does get linty & have to use the brush to clean out bobbin compartment. I read on this board that compressed air is not good to use with computerized machines.

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    I have used Tut and Signature. I do prefer Tut over Signature . Do be aware the Signature makes two different weights a 40 wt and a 20 wt. I find the needle size I need for the 20 wt is larger ( so the thread does not break or shred) than anything I want to use on batik fabrics. It leaves a rather larger hole that does not go away . This is of particular concern if you ever have to remove stitches. So My order of preference is Tut is number 1 by a mile , Signature 40 wt is second , and Signature 20 wt is really my very last choice.

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    I'm a King Tut nut! but...I also use other kinds of Superior and just ordered a BUNCH of it...so I guess I'd better get busy on the 16 UFO's running loose around here...
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    After reading so many different threads on thread I am SO thankful that none of my machines are fussy as to which one I use. The only exception has been using the monofilament type.

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    I know many award winning machine quilters that use Signature, Maxi Loc and C&C threads. If a brand of thread works great for your machine then why ask opinions? Just use it.
    Got fabric?

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    Thank all of you for your opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy64 View Post
    I tried using Signature thread several times and found it ravels and breaks easy. The amount you save to me is not worth the aggravation. Sandy 64
    Me Too. My Janome doesn't like it.

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    I would much rather have King Tut. The signature thread I bought was wound crooked and kept breaking. I threw it out.

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