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    Which thread should I get?

    I won an embroidery prize of a box of embroidery thread that I donít need so was thinking I would sell it and get some quilting thread which I do need. With the money I could get either a big set of Missouri star quilting thread or a much smaller set of Aurifil. Which one should I get?

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    Not saying you should not do what you are thinking, but .....
    Did you realize that you can use machine embroidery thread for quilting?

    I have used the Hemingworth brand on several quilts, for both FMQing and straight line quilting.
    No problems!
    It gives a nice glisten from the shine of the thread.
    The fineness of the thread makes any mistakes less visible (that I choose not to correct).

    Just a thought ...........
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    Make sure it's poly if you want to fmq with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    Make sure it's poly if you want to fmq with it
    Iím confused, I thought I needed cotton thread for fmq?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I’m confused, I thought I needed cotton thread for fmq?
    I think she meant if you go for the embroidery thread to get poly not rayon. Rayon embroidery thread isn't something I'd use for quilting(unless maybe an art quilt wall hanging.) You can free motion with whatever your heart desires. I've used cotton and poly to quilt with, I pick whatever will give me the effect I want or if I'm being lazy I grab whatever is the right color I see first. 40wt poly embroidery thread is great to quilt with.

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    i would try quilting with the poly embroidery thread to see whether i liked the results.
    i use my embroidery thread for quilting, too.
    i know a few long-armers who use poly almost exclusively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    Iím confused, I thought I needed cotton thread for fmq?
    Many people use polyester thread for quilting every day. Especially longarm Quilters.
    If the thread is strong enough to not break with a tug test, and your machine likes it you can use it to quilt.

    And in reference to your questionó personally I would choose the Aurifil if you decide to go that route. I use a Lot of Aurifil thread and love it. ó cotton, polyester and invisible thread from Aurifil. I have a longarm so I only use the cotton for Piecing, not for quiltingó cotton breaks too easily with the high speed machine. Polyester is much stronger.
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    Do people piece with poly? My understanding was that poly embroidery thread is to thin or fragile for quilting and that I should get some standard 50 wt . Cotton.

    maybe I should offer up my winnings for sale or trade on this board, itís a nice box of Robison-Anton poly. I just donít need more poly.
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    You can quilt with the poly EMB thread and piece with it too. It can also be used as bobbin thread.

    For reassurance, try a snap test. Take about 12-14 inches of thread an pull it to see how easily it breaks or not.

    PS: I have also used pre-wound bobbin to piece when I forgot to change out the bobbin from EMB. It worked fine.

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    You can certainly piece and quilt with the thread you won. However, if you'd rather not, then my choice of the other two would be Aurifil. It's so smooth and leaves almost no lint behind. Since it's pricy, I consider it a treat rather than a staple. So if I were to "win" something, I'd love Aurifil thread. But again, if you don't want the hassle of sellng the embroidery thread, keep it and play around with the effects for fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    Do people piece with poly? My understanding was that poly embroidery thread is to thin or fragile for quilting and that I should get some standard 50 wt . Cotton.

    maybe I should offer up my winnings for sale or trade on this board, it’s a nice box of Robison-Anton poly. I just don’t need more poly.
    Yes, many people piece with polyester. Totally personal preference and nothing wrong with using it.

    For FMQing or straight line quilting ... cotton, polyester or rayon can all work.
    You can even combine the two.

    No matter what you are using, it may take some setting adjustments to get all working together.
    Not a bit deal ... and a way to get to know your machine better.

    I just finished a quilt with the Hemingsworth on top .... and Aurifil on the bottom.
    It just took a slight tension adjustment to get it stitching right.
    But I do that, even if I am using the same thread top/bottom.
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    RA thread is great thread; use it all the time for either embroidery or piecing. I do like Aurifil thread, but it's more expensive than RA thread. I'd keep it.

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    I don't use rayon, nylon or serger thread because they break or stretch. Other then that I use all kinds of threads when piecing or fmq. Most LAs I know uses poly thread made for quilting. I use poly when I fmq. I have Aurifil and MSQC thread. I like both the same for piecing.
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    do not use rayon embroidery thread for quilting

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Not saying you should not do what you are thinking, but .....
    Did you realize that you can use machine embroidery thread for quilting?

    I have used the Hemingworth brand on several quilts, for both FMQing and straight line quilting.
    No problems!
    It gives a nice glisten from the shine of the thread.
    The fineness of the thread makes any mistakes less visible (that I choose not to correct).

    Just a thought ...........
    I love Hemingworth! I have a cabinet full of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I love Hemingworth! I have a cabinet full of it.
    I don't do machine embroidery work, but my sewing machine dealer introduced me to it one time when I was searching for thread for DSM FMQing. Since then, I have become a fan of it and have quite a collection!

    So join me ... and see how nice it is for quilting too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    I love Hemingworth! I have a cabinet full of it.
    Do you have the thread cabinet too? I'm drooling over it; so organized and pretty with all the threads!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda K View Post
    Do you have the thread cabinet too? I'm drooling over it; so organized and pretty with all the threads!
    Yes, I got it a while back when they were on sale. I love it!

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    I use Isacord for quilting. It’s polyester.

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    I also love Isacord for quilting, but don't hesitate to use it for anything if the color matches. I've also used the Robinson - if you like having a selection of colors I would keep it, if not I would go for the Aurifil. I also do a lot of garment sewing and use the poly embroidery thread all the time.

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    I use coats & clark or connecting threads. I also use C&C machine quilting thread. Some are quite linty, I just clean machines more often.
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