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    I was in Hancock Fabrics and was buying my regular C&C machine quilting thread and noticed the serger thread on larger spools next to where I was shopping. I bought some to use for piecing a quilt because I use just all purpose for that but I was wondering if it would be good to use for out right machine quilting.

    I like the fact that it comes on large spools and the fact they have all sorts of variegated colors. The brand name is Maxi-Lock I believe, and is a polyester type of thread.

    So whats your opinions about using it? Good, Bad, or huge mistake?


    Billy


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    I was told that the serger thread is thinner and doesn't work well for "regular" sewing. When you are serging you use more than one thread so it holds up for that. Does that make sense :wink:

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    From my understanding the polyester thread is supposedly stronger than cotton so the diameter could be thinner and have the same tinsel strength, but I could be wrong.

    Just looking at it it looks like the same diameter of my all purpose thread but once again I could be wrong on that one also.

    So thats why I am leaving this one up to the experts here on the board!! :lol:

    Billy

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    I am positive someone will help us out :lol:

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    Maxi Lock is the best of the serger threads. BUT, still not good enough for piecing a quilt....It is like a 2 ply thread versus the 3 ply that is what a sewing thread is. Hold a piece of serger thread in your hands like you would dental floss. Then pull it apart, between your hands and it will pop very easily. Then try the same with a regular thread. You will be surprised at how quick it pops.
    Hope this helps...

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    i don't know about the strength issue, but i know that if you use serger thread in place of regular thread, you have to remember to change the tension, top and bottom, and change back for regular when you're done.
    that said, i was told by the viking dealer not to use serger thread on my home sewing machine. i don't know why.

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    I use the serger thread all the time. I have not a a problem at all. I have on occasion used it for quilting too with great success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    this is terrific information. i just bookmarked it. thanks.

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    Well it seems to me that my piecing the quilt with Maxi-lock is not a bad thing and if I want to use the maxi-lock for quilting then it should not matter.

    I just know it is cheaper that buying the small spools of C&C but that does not mean I am never using it anymore.

    Billy

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    I use Maxi-Lock for general sewing, longarm quilting, free motion quilting on my domestic, and garment construction. I have not had a single problem with it.

    Yes, it is thinner that all purpose thread but it does have great strength. Just try breaking it between your hands.

    I like using the maxi-lock for piecing because it is thinner and when pressing seams you don't have a large "ditch". I also do not have to worry about thread shrinking in the wash. Some cotton threads will shrink as much as 10% in the washer.

    This is just my own opinion and experience. I've only been using maxi-lock for at least 7 years (maybe longer).

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    I had never thought of using it. I can get large spools of thread from Connecting Threads and prefer to use that.

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    I use the cones all the time in all my sewing and love it and have no problems what so ever. I beleave that the Link that BellaBoo gave is the right advice..

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