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Thread: Serger thread......can I use for quilting?

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    Serger thread......can I use for quilting?

    I just bought a bunch of thread at a rock bottom price and was feeling particularly proud, when I realized AFTER I got home, that the thread is marked as server thread.
    I am a novice.....and use 99 cent thread for everything.
    Will this be a mistake to use in quilting??
    Blushing quilter.....
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    Shew girl, don't blush -- I'm interested in the answer, too!

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    I read some information about this recently. It said that Serger thread was 2 ply and regular quilting thread was 3, but it also said Serger thread was okay to quilt with. I was glad to read this, as I have been using Serger thread (a gift) for several quilts, without realizing it was Serger thread. My sister finally pointed it out to me. That's when I researched it.

    Anyway, I intend to continue using it without any concern. Hope this is helpful, though I will read this thread to see what else I can learn.

    Dina

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    It's made to be combined with other spools so the seam will be strong when serging. The 2 ply maybe weaker then quilting 2 ply thread. Give it a good tug and see if it breaks easier then your other quilting thread. If not then there is no reason not to use it if you want.
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    I don't know if you are supposed to quilt with serger thread, but I do. It is less expensive and I don't have to worry about running out of thread in the middle of a project. I haven't had any complaints so far from anyone I have given a quilt to.

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    I've been using it for years and never had a problem with it. Bought the kind I was supposed to use once and didn't like it at all...went back to my good ole serger thread. I even use it for the bobbin on my longarm and occasionally on the top too...doesn't lint so much!!!

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    I use it all the time and have not had any problems.

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    I ws wondering too, I'll keep reading the relpies on this.

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    I believe there are many different qualities of serger threads, just as with other threads. As BellaBoo said, check your thread for strength before you use it.

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    I agree check it for strength before using.

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    How interesting! I have a lot of serger thread and I never thought of using it. Well, now I will and I will keep reading the replies that will come next. Thanks for asking.

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    I've used serger thread quite frequently. Never seem to have any problems either.

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    I have loads of serger thread, and seldom use my serger! I think I'll give it a try and see how it works. Thanks for a great idea!

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    Well it seems to be the majority of responses I have received say it shouldn't be a problem.....but I need to check for strength.
    Thanks to all of you for your wisdom.......I sooooooo appreciate it!!!
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    So why the big flap about strength for quilt piecing? When most quilts are finished the stress is spread out over most of the whole quilt. Most quilts are not used for tug-o-war games. Plus, there are at least two layers of fabric and miles of stitches through it all to hold things together. No stress. If serger thread can hold the butt seam together in tight sports clothing, it surely can hold together a quilt laying on a bed.
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    I did the same thing - bought serger thread on clearance. It never got as far as the quilt. It shredded in my machine. I rethreaded, changed needles, checked tension, everything. Finally decided the measly dollar I spent on the thread was not worth my time and aggravation.

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    Let's think of it this way ---- if a thread is strong enough to hold two pieces of fabric together (let's say the seam on a pair of pants), then it should be strong enough to hold a quilt together!!! I'm for using anything that goes thru your machine and holds up to the "check".
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    I check the serger thread before I use it to make sure it is strong. When you use the serger, you are using 3, 4, or 5 threads together on a seam. If you use it for sewing seams, you thread it in the top and use it in the bobbin, so not as many threads used together. But that being said, I use it all the time.

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    I use serger thread, top and bobbin on my longarm, as I find that it doesn't seem to be as linty as "regular" quilting thread. Don't know if it's because both a serger and a longarm sew at a higher speed than a regular sewing machine.

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    A serger uses three or four threads, BUT only two actually make the seam that holds the fabrics together. The extra threads are the overedge component. Look closely at the seam: just two threads that interlock together in the seam. It is a complicated stitch configuration, but still only two threads actually hold things together.

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    I use serger thread for all my piecing and for the bobbin when FMQ. Sometimes as the top thread for FMQ as well, but I'm gradually moving towards variegated for the top and haven't found it in serger thread. I've had absolutely no problem on the three machines I've used it on - vintage Singer, Janome HT2008 and Brother 1500S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowgirlquilter View Post
    I just bought a bunch of thread at a rock bottom price and was feeling particularly proud, when I realized AFTER I got home, that the thread is marked as server thread.
    I am a novice.....and use 99 cent thread for everything.
    Will this be a mistake to use in quilting??
    Blushing quilter.....
    Hey Blushing,
    I buy and bought serger thread at discount prices, use it for everything, if u do or will have problems you will know right off the bat.

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