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    Thread reviews and shopping online

    I'm looking for an unbiased review of cotton thread. Anyone seen one lately? I've always used mettler but I'm getting a lot more lint than I used to, so the review should be fairly recent.

    Question 2 is how do you buy thread online and get the matching shade you want? My LQSs don't carry much variety by color, maker, or spool size. : (

    I've been studying this delimma for weeks now, looking forward to hearing from you! Appreciate any help.

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    i buy all my thread on line through superior thread. they have a whole
    website to help you. and very good thread. i started using the masterpiece #3
    last year and really like it.

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    I use YLI soft touch for piecing. I rarely quilt anything so my choice of piecing thread is to ensure more accuracy. Have never been disappointed in this USA made thread.

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    One way to get the color you desire is to purchase the color cards sold by the thread vendor. However, IMO that's a pricey way of doing it. However, it is one way to get the color you want.

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    I think most thread comanies have a chart you can buy showing their colors. There are a lot of good brands.
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    I use mostly Aurifil cotton thread for my top thread when piecing because I have so much of it. It's a very good thread, not much lint at all. Superior is very good with just about every color you could want.
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    I buy neutral colors in Aurifil. My fav. Expensive...yes...awesome!

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    I try to use as little cotton thread as possible. That being said, I go for color, and if it happens to be cotton, so be it. The best way to order thread on line is to order a thread card - samples of thread wound and set on a cardboard background. Usually you have to order sepatate cards for every line - cotton, poly, gle in the dark, etc. Some are free, some cost a bit, and some quite a bit, but that guarantees you the perfect color match every time. A friend told me this a while back, and it brought peace and sanity to my on-line shopping for thread.

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    I use Aurifil 50wt for piecing and usually buy it on ebay. As for color matching-I still haven't figured that out. So far I just let it not match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandygirl View Post
    I buy neutral colors in Aurifil. My fav. Expensive...yes...awesome!
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    It may seem expensive, but when you consider the yardage in a spool ...... it's a good deal.
    BEsides ... when we spend a lot of $ on our fabrics, why not go with a quality thread?





    Colour matches ... as mentioned colour cards.
    Or just order one spool at a time, then gradually you have some to base it on.

    Also, when there are assorted colours in a group (usually better pricing too) ... I will order that, so I have my own samples! Last year I got 70(or so) spools of Aurifil, small size 3 or 4 of each colour ... gave me a great thread stash, and colour options at my ready as needed.
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    I love Aurifil 50wt 2-ply for both piecing and quilting on my domestic machine. I used Mettler for years but, once I tried Aurifil, I was hooked. It's not as expensive as it seems when you figure out the yardage per spool. Very little lint compared to Mettler, plus more thread fits on the bobbin so less bobbin changing.

    All of the thread color cards I have are made with the actual thread, so selecting colors is no problem.

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    I love Aurifil for piecing too, but lately I've been using Connecting Threads polyester thread and liking it quite a bit. It's thin, throws no lint, and so far have had no problems with thread breaking. And at $5.99 for 3315 yards, that's dirt cheap, especially compared to around 10 bucks for a spool of Aurifil that holds less than half as much thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
    I love Aurifil for piecing too, but lately I've been using Connecting Threads polyester thread and liking it quite a bit. It's thin, throws no lint, and so far have had no problems with thread breaking. And at $5.99 for 3315 yards, that's dirt cheap, especially compared to around 10 bucks for a spool of Aurifil that holds less than half as much thread.
    This may be a dumb question, but it says designed for longarm quilting. I FMQ on my domestic machine- can I use that? Is it just a larger spool or is there a difference in the thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    i buy all my thread on line through superior thread. they have a whole
    website to help you. and very good thread. i started using the masterpiece #3
    last year and really like it.
    I second this, I love Superior threads and alway find them of great quality.
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    My fav is Connecting Thread's cotton (sale going on now), I love the colors & do a huge amount of free motion with it, no problems. Of course there is lint but I brush out the bobbin area , only takes 2 seconds , with every bobbin change. I love the feel of the cotton thread.

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    I have not had good luck buying thread on line...I buy most of my thread from Hancocks or my LQS.

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    I like your approach, gale...and your attitude. It's great to hear from a quilter who doesn't let too much get in the way. Matching thread is important on some project, but for many of us close is okay and make our quilts interesting and appealing in a homey sort of way.
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    I too am a Superior Threads junky. I have real thread color charts for the thread I use most of. This way you can be assured of buying the exact color you want. They have cotton, silk and polyester threads for everything you want to sew from quilts to clothing to upholstery.

    I also have quite a collection of Essential Thread from Connecting Threads. I love all their colors and yes, there is some lint, but when I want to match a color, I usually have one that will work. They do send you a color catalog that has their threads available in it. You might have a slight difference in color but a printed catalog is probably better than the colors that show up on your computer.

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    I have lots of coats and clark and essential threads. I use both of them for piecing and quilting. I also have lots of C&C machine quilting thread and quilt with that if colors are appropriate for the top and backing.
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    It's great that you're looking to change from Mettler's cotton. Not only is it getting lintier, when I did a review of the cost of thread back in April, I found out that it's one of the most expensive threads you can buy (of the main ones I reviewed), second only to Superior's King Tut. Incidentally, Aurifil came in the 3rd least expensive.

    I haven't had time to do the shoot out for the threads themselves, but here's the price comparison:
    http://www.archaicarcane.com/common-...ost-of-thread/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchaicArcane View Post
    It's great that you're looking to change from Mettler's cotton. Not only is it getting lintier, when I did a review of the cost of thread back in April, I found out that it's one of the most expensive threads you can buy (of the main ones I reviewed), second only to Superior's King Tut. Incidentally, Aurifil came in the 3rd least expensive.

    I haven't had time to do the shoot out for the threads themselves, but here's the price comparison:
    http://www.archaicarcane.com/common-...ost-of-thread/
    Wow-excellent blog post. Thanks!

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    Reb,
    I really like Aurifil 50wt. for piecing quilts; its cotton. Awesome threads and low lint too. For machine quilting I prefer Superior's King Tut and YLI 40wt and Signature. Connecting Threads cotton thread is okay too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gale View Post
    Wow-excellent blog post. Thanks!
    Glad to help Gale.

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    This has been the most awesome response! Special kudos to ArchaicArcane for the financial side of thread and I look forward to your test results. I'm sure anyone following this thread on thread appreciates the work you are doing on your blog. I knew I'd get lots of quilter's personal favorites. Seems like Aurifil may be the most popular and with the price information I'm going to get started trying that myself. Thank you to everyone!

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    I always find threads on thread interesting.

    Before I knew what I was doing I bought a LOT of Isacord thread (which is polyester) when I bought my used embroidery machine from a business owner off of craigslist. She had over 300 spools for a $1 apiece. DH encouraged me to buy it all. I love all of the color choices I have. I probably use it where many quilters wouldn't think of using it.

    Would I do the same thing again if I had the chance... probably not. Because I found that you don't need every color variation of a particular color even for embroidery.

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