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Thread: Thoughts on Connecting Threads??

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    Question Thoughts on Connecting Threads??

    For those of you who have purchased thread from Connecting Threads, what do you think about the quality? They advertise it as 50/3 double-mercerized extra-long staple cotton, but the price seems too good to be true. I'm very, very new to quilting and appreciate any information you can provide. Thanks!

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    I have used it and like it. For the kind of quilts I make it works well. (scrappy quilts mostly) It is a little linty but for the price I'm not complaining. I've been happy with the fabric I have gotten there as well. Order some and test it out.
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    It's the only thread I use for piecing and quilting.
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    CT is the only thread we us for piecing and quilting. It is linty, but we clean at every bobbin change and it has never caused a problem. We also love their fabric. We just received a fabric order from them. I think it was 48 yards, a Martelli rotary cutter, and some replacement blades for just over $200. Definitely place a small order and see what you think. We use the "natural" color thread 90% of the time, and they have a bunch of clearance fabric for $2.50/yard and up. Shipping is free if your order is over $50.

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    its linty, but the price is right and they have tons of colors !!! when they had a sale on thier thread hubby got me one of each color and quite a few neutrals..
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    I like the Essential Pro cones the best. It's thin and strong.
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    I love their thread. Use it for everything. I don't seem to get the lint... or I just don't look. ;-)
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    I'm an Aurifil piecing girl and like Superior King Tut for quilting, but I've used it three times to quilt with now, two of them on a Gammill Long Arm.

    The first time on the LA it snapped several times, but on the second (different spool) it didn't break at all. I wouldn't go out of my way to get more (they don't ship to the UK) but I'm happy to use up what I have.

    It's far superior to the comparable thread from Thread Art which I didn't like at all. If you like it and it works well for you, then that's all that matters. Happy quilting
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    I've been using threads from connecting Threads for 3 or 4 years now- have been very happy with it. I use it for piecing often- use the Essential Pro for long arm quilting- the prices are great, free shipping at $50 (and I can always find that much product to purchase ) I also use Aurifil often which I buy frequently from Fabric.com and I use silk threads from YLI & Clover for hand piecing-- I generally pick up any invisible threads/specialty threads from Superior Threads.
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    My Voyager mid arm only like the Essential Pro - I purchase from them all the time. Love the thread.
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    I love to use it for everything!! But I don't have a longarm. So far it's been great and I've been using their thread since 2011. I don't seem to notice the lint either.

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    I use CT's threads for all my piecing and LAing.
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    I like their thread for piecing. I had no problem with lint. The beige Aurifil I am using now is very much more linty. Both are cotton 50/3 threads.

    I paid $35 for the Aurifil cone and $9.99 for the Connecting Threads. For that savings, I will buy Connecting Threads every time.
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    Most people like Connecting Threads thread and the price is definitely the least expensive I have found for 3 ply cotton thread. But I also found it way too linty. I have used it for piecing and my LA. I did not like their essential pro at all. I used up the cone I bought to try it out and will not reorder. There are too many other products I like much better for quilting, like Glide, Isocord and Superior products. For the cottons I bought, I will use up what I have, I doubt I will order more.

    You never know if you like it until you try it and for the cost of it, you certainly won't break the bank ordering some, especially if you piggy back the thread on a larger order to get the free shipping. I prefer using a 2 ply thread for piecing as opposed to a 3 ply. The 2 ply is finer and allows my seams to lay flatter.
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    I use it all the time for piecing and quilting....maybe a bit more linty than others, but really not a big deal....the color selection is great, sale pricing is wonderful and free shipping with a $50 order (add in 2 battings when 30% off and you are right there)....love the fabric quality for the price...great customer service.....my go to online store for quilting

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    I LOVE CT threads , both the essential pro and the cottons. I think I have one of every color at this point and I use them daily !
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    I love their thread, use it all the time, and have every color they make!!

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    I have bought from them several times. I like the variety of colors, and am happy with the quality as well.
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    Love it! I use their thread for quilting on my DSM and it's great. Never had a problem with breakage. Linty, yes, but not any more so than most standard quilting thread. I like it so much I bought a spool of every single color last time they had a sale! And now I see they've come out with varigated thread too, so that's even cooler.

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    Really like their thread. I find that some of the colors are more linty than others, the red is VERY linty, just clean lint out after every bobbin change.
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    The linty problem seems very much to be related to your machine. I had been using Connecting Threads cotton thread for a few years and never had a bad lint problem. I tried Aurifil for a year or so and wow was it linty. Isn't that strange? So, I think you don't really know how it is going to be until you actually try it on your own machine. I have a Babylock Espire. Before that I had a Janome. I didn't try the Aurifil on the Janome but the Connecting Threads thread was fine with my Janome as well as my Babylock.

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    My Viking Sapphire doesn't like anything except Connecting Threads. Love it.

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    It's the only thread I use for piecing. I have been quite happy with the thread as well as the price.

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    i bought several spools from them and i really like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    The linty problem seems very much to be related to your machine. I had been using Connecting Threads cotton thread for a few years and never had a bad lint problem. I tried Aurifil for a year or so and wow was it linty. Isn't that strange?
    That IS really strange! I have a Janome 6600 that is my "standard" machine and I get all kinds of lint off CT thread (and also Robison-Anton thread, which I got a whole bunch of as a 'bonus' with my machine), but very little lint off of Aurifil. I guess experimenting is the way to go!

    Fabrics definitely shed lint differently too. If I'm sewing flannel with CT or R-A thread, I need to clean my bobbin out constantly!

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