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    Senior Member ShabbyTabby's Avatar
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    What do most of you all use for your piecing and/or machine quilting?

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    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...read__D89.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8SF-6kZTX8
    some good links

    I use machine quilting thread from Joannes (less expensive stuff for piecing)
    I plan to switch to polyester for machine quilting as I heard good things about it
    I use hand quilting thread for hand stitching the binding
    I plan to buy silk for needle turn applique (haven't tried hand applique yet)

    One of the big pointers I picked up is that different machines work better with different threads (for no apparent reason). One thread type/brand may work beautifully in one machine and may not work in another.

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    i love the threads from connecting threads- now days i pretty much buy all my thread from them-
    their new machine quilting thread is wonderful.
    for hand work/applique and piecing i use silk thread...i just love using it- it is fine-strong and smooth great to work with.

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    I've only used Coats & Clark on my featherweight...works great, and I have a ton of it that I'm trying to use up. My Viking works well with many brands, except for Connecting Threads brand. I generally use Aurifil, Wonderfil, Gutterman or Coats & Clark. The Aurifil/Wonderfil spools last a long time and I think it's better price for the quantity than some of the other brands.

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    Aurifil 50 wt for piecing, 12, 28, or 40 wt for quilting. Or Masterpiece by Superior for piecing, Perfect Quilter or King Tut for quilting. I love Superior's titanium needles. They have TONS of info on their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/tut...read__D89.html
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8SF-6kZTX8
    some good links

    I use machine quilting thread from Joannes (less expensive stuff for piecing)
    I plan to switch to polyester for machine quilting as I heard good things about it
    I use hand quilting thread for hand stitching the binding
    I plan to buy silk for needle turn applique (haven't tried hand applique yet)

    One of the big pointers I picked up is that different machines work better with different threads (for no apparent reason). One thread type/brand may work beautifully in one machine and may not work in another.
    Polyester will melt from a hot iron

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    I like Marathon threads , for piecing and for longarm quilting

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    I like Connecting Thread's Essential Pro on the cone for most of my machine quilting. I have some of every brand of thread there is bought on sale over the years. I got a lot of Aurifil thread on clearance and it's very good. Glide from Fil Tec is excellent for colorful machine quilting. I like WonderFil thread and of course my all time favorite thread is YLI silk thread. Superior thread is almost perfect. Guttermann is great. Mettler is strong. Star seems a little linty but good. C&C works when others keep breaking. Sulky is glamorous. Robinson Anton has a great selection of colors. Each brand has a pros and cons. You'll find your favorites as you start using all the different brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I like Connecting Thread's Essential Pro on the cone for most of my machine quilting. I have some of every brand of thread there is bought on sale over the years. I got a lot of Aurifil thread on clearance and it's very good. Glide from Fil Tec is excellent for colorful machine quilting. I like WonderFil thread and of course my all time favorite thread is YLI silk thread. Superior thread is almost perfect. Guttermann is great. Mettler is strong. Star seems a little linty but good. C&C works when others keep breaking. Sulky is glamorous. Robinson Anton has a great selection of colors. Each brand has a pros and cons. You'll find your favorites as you start using all the different brands.
    That is the most eloquent and informative description of quilting thread I have ever read. Thanks for the list of different brands! Do you use cotton or polyester?

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    I am not much of a machine quilter, but for piecing I prefer to use 100% cotton, 50 wt, 3 ply thread. I like Auriful and Guttermann, but have also used other brands.

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    "Polyester will melt from a hot iron"

    I didn't find that it did when I made many string blocks using up old half empty spools of poly thread. I did press the strips with a hot iron as I added them onto the backing, and also pressed the backing where the thread showed and never had anything melt. I've also noted that many long arm quilters use poly thread.

    I usually use Connecting Threads thread in neutral colors for piecing, love the light gray as it goes with everything.

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    Aurofil all the way. For piecing it is great; being only 2 ply I finally get the size of quilt square that I need; before it was always too small. Very little lint. For quilting it also works great; Viking recommends it for my Viking mega quilter. It comes in alot of different colors including varigated.

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    The Superior Threads website has a fantastic section on thread usage.

    www.superiorthreads.com

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    Right now I also use pretty much all Connecting Threads thread. You just can't beat the price and selection. It does lint up A LOT when machine quilting though. I use a light/medium gray for pretty much all of my piecing.

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    I don't really care if it is cotton, poly, nylon, or rayon. If I like it and it works on my machine I'll use it. I have a lot of Aurifil and Connecting Threads Essentials I'm using now. Both brands have cotton and poly threads, doesn't matter to me when I'm piecing. I use the prettier color thread for machine quilting or decorative stitches. Any good thread will last in a quilt much longer then I'll be alive so why stress over it?

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    I use the cone thread from Maxilock.

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    Masterpiece by Superior threads!

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