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Thread: Which Thread for a Longarm Machine?

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    Senior Member PlanoDebbie's Avatar
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    Which Thread for a Longarm Machine?

    Before I spend a small fortune buying the wrong thread for my new Longarm machine, what's your best recommendation for a thread? Why? Best price to pay for it? Best website to buy it at?

    I bought my first thread from Golden Threads. I've had a few issues with it breaking and wasn't sure if it was the thread, the needle or what.

    Now I have some King Tut thread. Haven't used it yet, so I don't know if it will do the same thing as my other thread. It was considerably more expensive too!

    I am determined to figure out how to use this machine!!! Any thread suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,

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    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW LONGARM...regarding your breakage on Golden threads...Ive never used theirs, but I have used Connecting threads Essential Pro, with great success, recently I started using Glide thread from Fil-tec and love it, its high sheen, whereas the Essential Pro is a matte. Many of the thread companies offers trial sizes. Dont forget...dont be afraid to adjust your tension. Superior Threads has videos showing their threads on just about every longarm on the market and they have great tips as well. Good luck, have fun!!
    SUEB

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    Some longarms are very picky about thread, so you may need to try some out and see what yours likes. I have an Innova and have been successful with every thread I've tried. I have used Connecting Threads Essential Pro as well as their cotton thread, also Metro embroidery thread, Superior Vanish water soluble thread, and a host of others, including Star brand (very linty).

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    I mostly use threads made by superior..their omni line is really affordable. I also like so fine. I have heard good things about glide and will try theirs next. You also may want to look at signature.
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    the threads from Connecting Threads work very well- cut down on my frustration level greatly when i found them- also Superior Threads carry many good threads to choose from- they also supply needles for many long-arms- and have free charts they will send with an order- or you can print them from the site that will tell you the differences in all the different threads- the sizes- what they are best suited for- and what needle/size to use with them- the charts are great resources to have- Superior Threads has what they call Superior University which is a program that teaches you all kinds of things-
    there are quite a few Thread companies out there- and with time you will find your favorites- but for starting I do recommend Connecting threads and Superior (Connecting threads has free shipping at the $50 level- so you could try out the long-arm thread & pick up a few cotton threads for regular sewing/piecing to round out your order- they have good prices & great sales.
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    I have tried many-glide always wins.I will not even buy anything else anymore.
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    I was using Connecting Threads on my long arm for a while, and then for some reason(machine gremlins, or whatever), it decided it didn't like it. Went thru all the usuall stuff, checking tension, needle, threading, etc, even had a service tech check it, but finally gave up. I now use Maxi-Lock serger thread and it does just fine. No idea why.

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    I (and a friend of mine) have both had excellent success with signature thread for long arm quilting. Check internet site for pricing. king tut also works quite well.

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    Superior Threads - So Fine, Rainbows, Bottom Line, my machine (APQS Millenium) does not like King Tut. I use Bottom Line for Stitch in the Ditch rather than monofilament. Fil-Tec's Glide is great if you want the shiny look, especially with their magnetic bobbins (Don't forget to take out check spring in your bobbin case). I find these threads do not produce as much lint as some others do.
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    Try different threads until you find the ones your machine "likes".
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    I've heard many great reviews about Glide in the long arm. I use Glide for fmq on my sewing machine. There are many types of threads available, it's a trial and error experience to find the brand and types you are pleased with. I have dozens of different brands and each one has pros and cons.
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    Connecting Threads' Essential Pro works great in my 15" Bailey. The price is great also.
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    Thread, like fabric is a very personal choice. What one person raves about another can't stand. You will have to choose what YOU and YOUR MACHINE likes.

    That said, I have an innova and she is a trooper when it comes to thread. I have used everything from some crap my MIL brought me that was found in a garage sale to Superior threads. My go to thread of choice is Glide from fil-tec (bobbin central) along with their preloaded magnaglide bobbins. Glide, which is polyester, does have a very high sheen and some people don't like it. I have also been more than pleased with Isacord embroidery thread, every superior product I have tried and YLI threads. I do not like Connecting threads, neither their essential for LA or their cotton thread but I will use it if the color is right and it suits the purpose but once my stock of it is gone I will not reorder. I am very fortunate that my Innova will run on any thread I throw at her (some tension adjustments are necessary) but when it comes right down to what effects I like the look of best, I go with Glide and magnaglide bobbins.

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    My Tin Lizzie 18LS with Quilt Magician loves Signature cotton 40 wieght. I have some Glide, but haven't tried it yet.

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    Thanks for all of the ideas!

    I looked at the Connecting Threads site. Is Essential and Essential Pro thread the same thing? I only found the 1200 and 5000 yd spools of Essential and wasn't sure if I was missing something, or if the larger cone spools are considered to be the "Pro" ones. I feel like I've been fluent in German all my life and now have to learn Chinese!

    Is the smaller 1200 yd spool enough thread to quilt an average sized quilt, or must I have the larger cone spools?

    Do they have any variegated color threads or all solid colors? I always love the way a multi-color thread looks on a quilt.

    How do I know what size/type of needle to use? Are all longarm machine needles good on every machine? Not quite sure where is the best place to buy my machine needles either. Picked up a packet at JoAnn's when they had their quilting notions on sale for half price, but I'm not sure if they are correct for my machine.

    Is $17.49/spool of 2000 yard cones of Superior King Tut quilting thread a good price? I had purchased 6 spools, but my jaw hit the floor when I saw how small the spools were.

    My machine is a Queen Quilter 18 which is apparently a sister to the Tin Lizzie. I think?

    Heading up to Wal-mart today to buy the cheapest flat sheets I can find and draw some 18" grids on the one sheet to do some final practice following drawn lines, free-motion and any other method I can think of. Now that I'm pretty sure I've got the tension finally set on my machine, it's time to see if I can actually make a decent quilting stitch. I just completed piecing a huge t-shirt quilt that a friend is paying me to make. Need to be sure that I can adequately use my LA before I load her quilt and mess it up.

    I am soooooooooo glad that I finally found this forum. The advice and help I've found on here has been priceless!

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    Go to the thrift store for used sheets, no need to buy new ones. And if they have flannel sheets use those for the batting, or a blanket. I was at our thrift store a few days ago for these. I found 6 sheets and 4 blankets for $12. Great for practicing on the long arm! (If you live near Raleigh NC don't read this.) I have a Tin Lizzie Ansley 26 and I've been using all brands of thread. I bought some Signature this week and will try it for the first time this weekend.
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    I have used Signature thread with great success and I order it from Heartbeat Quilting. It comes on 3000 yd cones and they have a good variety of solids as well as variegated threads. Their prices are very good too. Good luck and have fun with your new machine. As others have said, try different threads and you'll find what you and your machine like best.
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    Only spent $9 at Wal-mart to buy two flat twin sheets for my practice. Hadn't thought of looking for a flannel sheet to use as the batting. Guess I'll have to go back to the store on another day. I figured that $4.50 for a sheet measuring 66" X 90" wasn't too bad. WAAAAAY cheaper than buying remnants at the fabric store.

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    I am a new owner of a long arm machine and have used Glide thread with the matching magnetic bobbins with great success. The magnetic bobbins seem to keep the tension better They are a bit more expensive but well worth their weight in gold.

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    I took several LA classes at a machine quilting show yesterday and Thursday. One of the instructors suggested Omni thread as good for beginners on any machine. I tried Glide in another class but it kept breaking. I think the machine's tension was off but I didn't have time (or know what I was doing enough) to fix it during the class.

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