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Old 08-27-2017, 09:16 AM
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I received a lot of rayon thread in a gift basket and want to know if it is okay to use it for piecing and quilting. I have only heard of using rayon for embroidery and cotton or cotton/poly for quilting. Any experiences to share or thoughts on this subject would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:05 AM
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Rayon thread tends to be weaker. I have used rayon when it was just the right colour to quilt a wallhanging but I wouldn't use it to quilt a regular quilt.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:13 AM
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I, also, only use it when i need the right color. otherwise, i save it for my machine embroidery
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:21 AM
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As Tartan said, it will break more often. You also have to be careful when pressing to only use a low setting or else you will melt the thread (I might have learned that lesson the hard way - haha!).

Other than that, provided it's not meant to be an heirloom, go for it! Quilting was born by people using the bits of fabric & threads they already had.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:37 AM
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I wouldn't use rayon thread for piecing or quilting as it won't stand up to wear and tear the way cotton or polyester thread does.
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Old 08-27-2017, 10:56 AM
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I use mine for embellishments.
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Old 08-27-2017, 11:29 AM
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i've heard this enough to gather up all my rayon threads and put them into a bag for Charity. I did make some Christmas quilts with lovely shiny rayon threads. oh well, i have some lovely colors of regular threads to use up..
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Old 08-27-2017, 02:07 PM
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I would never piece with it, but I have used it on utility quilts if the color is right, especially ones where I did some thread painting. I would also use on a wallhanging if I ever finish one.
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Old 08-27-2017, 08:02 PM
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I use it but not for quilting.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:20 AM
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Even for embroidery rayon thread was not recommended for anything that will be frequently washed or handled. Perhaps you could use it for art quilt embellishments.

It would be a shame to invest so much time & money into a quilt and lose it because of the thread.
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