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Thread: Sulky Invisible Poly Thread?

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    Super Member katier825's Avatar
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    Has anyone tried machine quilting with Sulky Invisible Polyester thread? It might be a good choice for the quilt I'm working on that has several different colors (since I can't decide which color thread to use). Their website says it can be ironed. Can the quilt be washed/dried without any problems? Any other pros/cons to using it?

    Thanks!

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    As long as the thread is made of polyester, not nylon then it will be a good invisible thread. Nylon stretches and breaks giving invisible thread a bad name. Many choose the nylon because it's cheaper thinking invisible thread is all the same.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll give it a try. I wish I thought to ask earlier when the quilt shop was open! Oh, well...guess I can start cutting out the next project in the meantime. :)

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    My first (finished) quilt was all done with invisible thread and it is almost loved and washed to death. The fabric is getting very thin but the quilting has not unraveled. However, I worked on another one with, I believe a cheap thread and it was a nightmare.

    I have since switched to regular quilting thread. If I go through the trouble, by gosh, I want those lines to be seen.

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    I love using invisible thread for a quilt with many colors. Poly always works fine for me.

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    i use it all the time and have never had a problem with it. i have it in clear and smoke for dark fabrics.

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    Just remember to loosen your tension when quilting with it.

    Mary

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    I prefer wooly nylon invisible thread. It is softer and sews like a dream. My sulky invisible kept breaking recently so I used the only other invisible thread I had which happened to be Wooly. I washed and dried the quilt oh and ironed it before and had no problem. JMHO

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    Another tip for this type of thread....besides loosening you tension...be sure to only wind your bobbin about half full and do it very slowly...hold your hand around the bobbin as you are winding to slow it down. Winding it fast stretches the thread, this causes it to do weird things when you are sewing and causes problems.

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    I use Bottom Line thread in my bobbin.....it is a 60 wt. thread and works well with the poly thread. I also use Superior's Mono-Poly in clear or smoke.....nary a problem....:o)

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    Thanks for the information. :)

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    Hi...pause....HELP! (lil laugh)

    I also am using clear poly thread(coats)Not in the bobbin, just top thread..I am quilting my first quilt and decided that clear poly would work best on the actual quilting(hide any mistakes better lol)...
    Here, let me over explain lol> I am quilting on a new singer (esteem 2)..The holder for the thread lays sideways instead of vertically...The clear poly keeps getting wound/tangled around the part/rod that the actual spool slides down onto, "one either side of the actual spool of thread"(so hard to explain lol)It locks up tight when it does this..Its broken a needle before i realized it was tangled again grr..It seems to lock up/tangle more when starting or finishing a line of stitches it seems..
    My quilting lady at Joann Fabrics as well as a youtube vid suggested I needed a Top Stitch Needle to use with the clear poly, which is what I am using.
    Trouble shooting so far> Cleaned my bobber casing completely, tested the bobber tention, Have my top thread tention between 3-4 ( my book suggest standard setting is at 4), have tried sliding the spool down the holder/rod from either end. No other thread does this..I am at a loss..
    I actually have the next 3 days free to quilt and was so excited to finish it.. Any help/suggestions from anyone would be so appreciated..

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    I'm not sure, but maybe try using a "thread net" to secure the thread to your spool before it feeds off. The poly thread falls off the spool so fast and with a horizontal feed, I imagine you need a net....You can get the thread nets at a quilt store......and on line.

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    Hi wendiq...Thanks for your response...As a newbie, I should know better than not to research my questions first(smile) But, I was so darn frustrated I posted as soon as I joined lol...Since then I have found several threads with great tips addressing this problem ( including your net idea, ty)...I printed them all off and am on my way to trying them all..Wish me luck lol..Have a good one

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    You will find your answer.....you are off to a good start. This is how we have all learned......by having a problem and having to solve it......Let me know how you resolve this...OK? :thumbup:

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    I actually used to set my thread in a glass behind my machine because it needs to sit upright. The new machine has a vertical uptake rod, but the thread I have now keeps jumping the track - what a mess. One of the other gals in class had the same problem and put the net around her thread. I still have to net mine, but I think that will solve the problem.

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    My Juki hates all invisible thread.

    My other one loves Sulky Poly (nylon breaks to easily) but I put it on the back thread holder which is vertical. Slides off too fast on the horizontal ones.

    If you don't have a vertical thread holder, someone on this forum showed a pic of the one her husband made. Or buy one, but make sure its bottom heavy.

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    So far so good with putting it in the jar behind the machine, no tangles.(crossing fingers for continued luck)Thanks guys

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