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Thread: Of thread and rotary blades....

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    Senior Member LoupEsprit's Avatar
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    Question Of thread and rotary blades....

    Alright, I have a conundrum for those more experienced quilters out there.

    I am in dire need of both thread and replacement rotary blades (once you go rotary, you never... um... insert something clever involving not going back to scissors??).

    MY QUESTIONS: (Keep in mind, Jo-Ann's is having 50% off all thread and 40% off rotary blades starting sunday)

    What is the best 'value' thread? I have been using hand-me-down thread that apparently isn't even made any more (surprised me, it's still stronger than the cheap stuff! Sews fine, no breakage!) It's called "Spun Dee - the Anything Thread". It's on a wooden spool, and has a price of 39 cents on the label!! Geeze... I guess they really DON'T make things like they used to... I wish I could find more of this stuff!

    Is there an equivilant? I can't spend a ton on 'fancy' thread, I just want something that will sew and not break or jam my machine. I do like Guntermann, but it's the only other kind I've ventured to try... Recommendations are appreciated!

    On to the blades!!

    I have a Fiskars 45mm cutter, and it needs a blade. It was dull, and I tried to sharpen it. I FAILED, now it won't cut at all.

    Should I buy a bunch of blades while they're on sale? Or should I buy a few and invest in a blade sharpener? I'm just not sure if they are worth the money? Reviews??


    OK, That's it for now. I'm trying desperately to hold onto my newfound hobby in light of my job loss... but now I'm on a tighter budget than ever...
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 12-27-2012 at 07:34 PM. Reason: duplicate info
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    Gutermann thread is fine. Stay away from Sulky cotton as it has a short shelf life and breaks easily. Poly threads will last longer, but remember that thread needs to be kept out of the sun light. Egyptian cottons are good. Stay away from Coats and CLark. I really like my blade sharpener. I think I have a True Sharp. It does 3 different sizes of blades. It is an investment. The first one on this link is a good deal and no shipping cost: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

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    I like the thread from Connecting thread and it is fairly reasonable, I buy most of my blades from Ebay, they usually have cheaper costs and are the same as you find in the store. Haven't tried the sharpener but not very good with my hands and afraid to trust myself on something new.
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    If you want reasonable good thread, I think connecting threads is still having their sale. Their thread is nice. You can use gutterman, even coats and clarks from walmart is fine. I have never had a problem with coats. I had some about 10 years old I just used last year, and it was still good.
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    A lot of us have purchased rotary blades from Harbor Freight. They're meant for carpet cutting but fit the major rotary cutters. I've been happy with mine, but some people have had problems. (Harbor Freight reportedly will replace or refund if you're not happy.) If money is tight, you might try their blades - much, MUCH cheaper than anywhere else. I have heard more bad reports than good ones on rotary cutter sharpeners. Usually when my blades go bad it's because I ran over something I shouldn't have and caused a nick in the blade. Sharpeners don't help with that.

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    I use primarily Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP. Worked for my mother and my great aunt works from me! It is a poly covered poly thread. I have found the other Coats & Clark threads to be very linty but don't have that problem with the Dual Duty XP
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti25314 View Post
    Gutermann thread is fine. Stay away from Sulky cotton as it has a short shelf life and breaks easily. Poly threads will last longer, but remember that thread needs to be kept out of the sun light. Egyptian cottons are good. Stay away from Coats and CLark. I really like my blade sharpener. I think I have a True Sharp. It does 3 different sizes of blades. It is an investment. The first one on this link is a good deal and no shipping cost: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new
    Why do you say to stay away from Coats & Clark?
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    Connecting thread is great quality and price! Cant give advice on blades. Need some myself.

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    Connecting Thread is great for quality/price. That's all I use.
    I bought my blades from Harbor Freight. They are cheap therefore I can afford
    to change blade more often. Makes my cutting mat and my hands happy.
    I can buy a lot of new blades from HF for the price of a blade sharpener.

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    C & C has changed. It is now poly covered poly. It still works for me, but I like the feel of the thread on older spools better. I like Guterman poly - I haven't tried the cotton. Connecting Threads thread is very linty, IMO, but strong enough for my uses.

    I bought Olfa blades on ebay for a great price last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    Why do you say to stay away from Coats & Clark?
    Very linty.

    My personal preference? Bottom Line by Superior. I've used C&C, Gutermann, Connecting Threads "Essentials", but by far my favorite is Bottom Line. I buy it by the cone.

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    OK, so I have another question: Thread spool size!

    I've just used the 'normal' spools on my machine. Can I use the larger ones, like from Connecting Threads? I'm assuming if I use the cones I'll either have to use the upright spool holder on my machine, or switch to using a stand or other non-machine method for feeding the thread to the machine, correct?
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    "Connecting Thread is great for quality/price." I just ordered 4 cones of the polyester from the thread sale. It came very quickly. I ordered polyester, but it seems to actually be the cotton???? I have some other polyester that has more shine to it. I usually use the Robison Anton rayon thread and wanted to give CT thread a try. I love the fabric from CT!
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    I've had great luck with the Harbor Freight rotary blades. The Connecting Threads cotton thread I find quite linty- seems like I'm in the minority there. My favorite all purpose thread is Signature & I order it by the cone from http://www.wawak.com/

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    I'm way in the minority here... I only FMQ and 9 times out of 10, I use thread cones for a serging machine. I haven't been quilting very long (a year?) and I can't afford quilting thread. I love the way the thinner thread looks. When the cotton quilt is washed, it puffs up so nice around the poly thread!!!
    I'll look at all the thread a store has to offer, and I think the 100% cotton just looks dull. And it's so much more expensive, I just can't justify it. So I mosy over to the Maxi-Lock display and pick up some lovely colors for $1-2 each.
    I have some cotton thread that I got very cheap at a thrift store and I just don't like it as well. It's ok for big swoopy "gotta get this done" quilts, but for one I'm taking my time on and really putting a lot of thread in, I'm picking one of my cones!! Less bobbin changes, too.

    I probably wouldn't use it on seams, though. Just quilting.

    You don't have to buy a stand for a cone. You can use a jar and put the cone in the jar. I put a big safety pin on my spool holder of my machine and threaded the cone thread thru the little hole at the bottom of the pin.
    You can have any design you want. As long as it's loops!

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    jhittle has rotary blades, 45mm, 10 for $18.00. I buy from them regularly. I like Connecting Threads for my thread, but it is linty.
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    Harbor Freight blades have not been very good for me. They don't last long and skip quite a bit. I would stay away from them. I buy good ones now from JoAnne's with my half off coupons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    A lot of us have purchased rotary blades from Harbor Freight. They're meant for carpet cutting but fit the major rotary cutters. I've been happy with mine, but some people have had problems. (Harbor Freight reportedly will replace or refund if you're not happy.) If money is tight, you might try their blades - much, MUCH cheaper than anywhere else. I have heard more bad reports than good ones on rotary cutter sharpeners. Usually when my blades go bad it's because I ran over something I shouldn't have and caused a nick in the blade. Sharpeners don't help with that.
    Agree. That is where I buy my blades. Super cheap and I don't think I have ever had more than one bad blade in the whole bunch.

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    I have had good luck with Harbor Freight blades and have used Coats and Clark with no problems.

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    always (cracks me up) when someone totally (dis...'s) a whole company...(stay away from C & C)...they have been around for many, many, many years---if their product was not any good they would not have lasted!
    C & C offers many different threads- some are better than others---just like with most other company products...i've had just as many bad experiences with YLI, Geutermann, Mederia, ...the list goes on-
    i've used lots of C & C threads over the years that were just fine.
    i also love (most) of the threads i've purchased from Connecting threads- I like Aurafil & have bought it from Fabric.com,
    i've quilted quite successfully with Maxilock (which some people say to never use)--Joannes generally has great prices & color selection on maxilock threads!
    if they are having a great sale & you want to - why not pick up a few different threads to try out- you may find a new favorite---or decide that any number of threads will work just fine & then you have choices when sales happen.
    i've been sewing 48 years- quilting for 35 of them---and have a vast variety of threads- i never (restrict) myself - am willing to try them all- some i like better than others- many have their place/use.
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    I also would like to know why you say to "stay away from Coats & Clark. They have been around for ever and I have never had a problem with it. I also use the Dual Duty.
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    I prefer to buy rotary blades in bulk from eBay. They seem to be considerably cheaper per blade that way, and I am still getting the good quality blades. I don't remember what I paid last time, but I think it came to something between $1 and $1.50 per blade. Haven't tried Harbor Freight blades, but they seem to have more problems than blades made specifically for my rotary cutter. The last thing I want to do is insert a new blade that doesn't work well fpr me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homecaregiver View Post
    I also would like to know why you say to "stay away from Coats & Clark. They have been around for ever and I have never had a problem with it. I also use the Dual Duty.
    Pat
    I'd never heard any disparaging remarks about Coats and Clark until I joined this board. Over here it's sold under the name Coats in quite a high-end department store chain (John Lewis). It retails for around the same price as Gutermann, which is a big seller here.
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    I've never thought to buy blades on ebay, but Amazon sells packages of blades:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000B7MUFK/

    $16.97 for 5 45mm blades

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