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    Junior Member Kryssa's Avatar
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    I am a new sewer and at the local quilt shop where I am taking a quilting class, they told me to buy a certain brand of thread. It's Mettler 100% cotton silk-finish. They said it was the 2nd best to a thread that is twice as much and I don't want to spend $10 for a spool.

    I am also taking a class at a Joanns to learn how to make pajama pants and I was wondering if the thread you use makes a difference, either for the project or the machine. Is the 100% polyester thread at Joanns just as good as the cotton stuff from the quilting shop? It's only a couple of dollars difference so I don't mind spending the extra money if it's worth it.

    Also, do you buy new thread to match your fabric or just use whatever you already have that's the closest?

    Thanks!!!

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    Indeed, thread does make a difference as does the needle. Use the cotton thread for sewing on your cotton quilting fabric. It's more "compatable" with the fibers.

    The "sharper" thread with poly or nylon content is too harsh for the cotton on the quilts and could damage the quilting fabric. If you have ever noticed a man's wool shirt with the elbows worn thin, it is most likely a wool/nylon blend fabric and the nylon in it has actually "worn out" the wool, leaving just the nylon. (I hate it when it happens to my socks!) Anyway, the same thing will happen to your quilt. And you put in way too much time for something like that to happen.

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    I have a lot of thread from Connecting Threads so I usually have one that matches. If not I buy some. I haven't tried too many different threads I can't help you with the other question.

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    I have typically used the Mettler silk finish for quilting and love it. Save your pennies elsewhere and buy good thread for your quilts. It does make a difference.

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    We just received an order of threads from Connecting Threads based on recommendations from this board. We haven't used it yet, but we thought the price couldn't be beat and the colors are great.

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    I piece with a neutral thread beige or gray unless the background is black then I tend to use black. I quilt with matching thread.

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    Use what you can afford. If you are a beginner, don't get wrapped up in what you "must" have.

    Excellent thread and quilt shop quality fabric is great for making heirloom quilts. It should be used by anyone who can afford to use it and deems it worthwhile.

    Cheaper thread and lower quality fabric is great for making quilts, too. If that's what you can afford, and you enjoy quilting don't let the fact you don't have top quality materials prevent you from giving quilting a try.

    I use what I can afford because I enjoy the process. My quilts may not last 100 years. I won't either.

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    I use white, cream, darker cream and black to piece most all of my blocks. I buy a cotton thread, but certainly not at that price :shock:

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    Thanks for all the info.

    I think my dilemma boils down to whether to use cotton thread or polyester thread for my flannel pajama pants pattern. Do you guys make any garments? What thread do you use when sewing with flannel?

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    Same answer because flannel is cotton. Enjoy your quilting adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kryssa
    Thanks for all the info.

    I think my dilemma boils down to whether to use cotton thread or polyester thread for my flannel pajama pants pattern. Do you guys make any garments? What thread do you use when sewing with flannel?
    Up to now I have used Gutermann cotton thread which when you have a JoAnns coupon is a great buy. I just tried Presencia 50 wt which was amazing for piecing but pricy. In garment sewing, I would suggest that you may want to match the thread just in case you need to do top stitching or button holes. In piecing, I agree with amma on colors:

    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I use white, cream, darker cream and black to piece most all of my blocks. I buy a cotton thread, but certainly not at that price

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    i've used all sorts of threads since i began this adventure called Quilting. at first i used the general purpose poly-cotton blends because they are the least expensive. then i discovered websites like threadart.com and connectingthreads.com.

    the prices there are very competitive with a certain bigbox store we all love to hate. when i switched to cotton thread i discovered three things:

    (1) it's easier to pick/pull/rip out the stitches when i use cotton thread. that's an especially important benefit to me because i do sooooooo much reverse sewing.

    (2) cotton thread is more likely to "become part of the quilt" when i use it to do machine quilting. polyester tends to just sit on top.

    (3) cotton thread is easier to use when i hand-quilt. i get fewer knots, for one thing.

    a very kind person gave me several spools of some VERY expensive cotton thread. like $9 and $12 per spool! i was suitably grateful and will remember and lover her forever as an extremely generous soul. but i've found that thread from threadart (TA) and connecting threads (CT) work just as well. lately i've been buying all my thread from CT. their solid cottons are a even tha nicer than TA and only a little bit more 'spensive. others may disagree, but i think my CT threads perform better than the ones i used with the killer pricetags.

    i used to try to match the color of my thread to the colors in the fabrics while piecing. i gave that up when i discovered that:

    (1) it almost never matters if the thread and fabrics match during piecing. i've pieced using white fabs and black thread and you can't tell the difference.

    (2) by switching to neutrals i save tons of money because i can buy the big cones.

    (3) when there's some contrast between the colors of the threads and fabrics, it's easier to see the stitches if i need to pick them out. (are you detecting a trend here? :lol: )

    the best thing you can do for yourself is to shop around. buy one or two spools of each thread you find that fits into your budget. experiment until you find the one you like best.

    then ignore everybody who thinks you made the wrong selection. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
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    then ignore everybody who thinks you made the wrong selection. ;-)
    What great advice PatriceJ!!

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    I used to use Mettler silk finish, am changing over to Aurifil. Not inexpensive, but not too bad. I bought three spools yesterday @ $9/spool - but it's a 1,422 foot spool. If I'd wanted to wait, or needed a larger color selection, it's available for $7 from jhittle's (http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com/sewing/catalog.php)

    I find I have less lint in my Bernina with the Aurifil.

    As far as colors - I use cream, beige, grey or black, depending on main color in what I am piecing.

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    I really like the Mettler silk finish thread as when using scant quarter inch seams etc. you don't lose any length in your fold over when pressing to one side . I hope that make sense to you. Even tho some threads say they are 50# doesn't mean they feel or act the same. I also use Robison Anton cotton thread on larger spools but they aren't the same as the mettler. For garment sewing I use Maxi-lock polyester in my serger and I also use it to hem garments etc. Been sewing garments for several years and haven't had a problem with this method.

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    All the big brand names have quality thread and all are excellent. I have spool of about every brand I've picked up here and there. I use Connecting Threads Essentials cone thread and it's great for all my general sewing and piecing. I use poly Maxi Loc thread too. It's as good as any poly brand name thread. I like to use 100wt or higher for my bobbins. Coats & Clark has a great bobbin thread and it's easy to find at JoAnn's and other chain stores. When I hear only use ____ this for quilting, I tune that person out.

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    When I started quilting I used Coats & Clark & American as that is what I grew up sewing with. Then the LQS people say oh no you can't use that stuff. Mettlers is very expensive at my shop. I have bought Robinson-Anton (that may spellled wrong) & have been very happy with there thread. I bought a varigated spring green that I quilted my mother's quilt with & it turned out great.I was really surprised to find out that there are so many threads & what is considered junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    the best thing you can do for yourself is to shop around. buy one or two spools of each thread you find that fits into your budget. experiment until you find the one you like best.

    then ignore everybody who thinks you made the wrong selection. ;-)
    Great advice! Also, some machines seem to do better with certain brands of thread. So experimenting would be the best route.

    I also piece with either white or neutral thread. I've yet to do a quilt with dark colors, but when that day comes I'll probably use a dark blue.

    As far as the flannel pj's, since flannel tends to shrink up I personally would use cotton thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peaceandjoy
    I used to use Mettler silk finish, am changing over to Aurifil. Not inexpensive, but not too bad. I bought three spools yesterday @ $9/spool - but it's a 1,422 foot spool. If I'd wanted to wait, or needed a larger color selection, it's available for $7 from jhittle's (http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com/sewing/catalog.php)
    As far as colors - I use cream, beige, grey or black, depending on main color in what I am piecing.
    Ditto on the thread I use. Auriful also on ebay, it is so fine you get more on the bobbin, I now use this exclusivly for piecing all my quilts. I use whatever beige and a neutral khaki for most of my piecing. I keep white, and black on hand. It sinks into the fabric, much less lint. A spool will last 2-3 times as long as mettler silk finish.

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