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    Hello, what are the favorite threads for piecing and machine quilting. There's so many out there.
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    I like aurifil for piecing,superior for quilting, and aurifil for hand appliqué. Mettlesome doesn't play nice with me.
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    Aurifil for piecing and Signature for quilting.

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    Aurofil for piecing, Metlar for hand quilting. Will be trying a cotton thread from Superior for hand quilting soon.

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    right now i am using masterpiece 3 ply superior for piecing and superior thread for quilting
    and just order some superior thread for serger.

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    I use Coats and Clark, Sulky,Star,Robinson-Anton. Try different brands, don't be afraid to branch out. There are so many different thread manufactures available today, it would be a shame to only use only one brand.

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    ok this is a really dumb question. I have cotton thread, I have cotton poly thread I have poly thread. Can I switch streams midstream? I have 100 spools of all of the above not large spools. can I use one to make a block and two to quilt the quilt? will it screw things up? its THREAD.. but when washed i worry. and no one seems able to answer this for me..


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    Here goes another newbie question. Why do you use one type to piece with and another to quilt with? And, are we talking quilting as on a LA or on a DSM? Just needing to clarify this in my little brain. OOPS, that's more than one question.
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    Thread is thread is thread. Asking about the best thread is like asking about the best machine. You will be confused about all the different answers. Someone soon will be along to confuse you further about what weight of thread to use.

    For the last two questioners:
    1. I have mixed threads on quilts many times ( cotton and poly and cotton-poly)and nothing happened. For piecing I use up all the odds and ends I have laying around or good old Coats and Clark..
    2. For quilting I find the best color match and shine level I want regardless of brand. (Or cotton or poly or ctton-poly.)

    None of my machines - two Pfaffs, a Viking, a Kenmore, and a Featherweight - care a wit about what thread is going through them.

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    I have to buy mainly what my budget can afford. I used to buy Coats and Clark when Walmart sold it. Then I found the cotton thread at Connecting Threads. I bought a lot when it was on sale and loved it! My Janome seems to like it and sews great with it. At less than $2 for a spool with 1000 yards, it fits my budget to a T!!
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    I like Aurifil 50wt 2-ply for piecing. The reasons are several. It is a finer weight than regular thread, so my bobbin holds much more of it making bobbin changes less frequent. The fineness of this thread makes for a very flat and accurate scant 1/4" seam for me. It is not linty, so I have to clean out the bobbin area less frequently. A spool lasts a long time.

    I like the same thread for quilting on my DSM. Some quilters move to Aurifil 50wt 3-ply for this because it is stronger.

    You can certainly mix threads when sewing blocks. My only caution is to make sure you are using the same weight and ply of thread. Most thread is 50wt 3-ply. They will all wash okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I like Aurifil 50wt 2-ply for piecing. The reasons are several. It is a finer weight than regular thread, so my bobbin holds much more of it making bobbin changes less frequent. The fineness of this thread makes for a very flat and accurate scant 1/4" seam for me. It is not linty, so I have to clean out the bobbin area less frequently. A spool lasts a long time.
    I use Aurifil for all of my piecing for these reasons and buy it on cones.

    For quilting my machine isn't picky and I mix threads on the top and bobbin all the time.

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    I always try one spool of any brand of thread I haven't used before. Then I know when I find a good sale price of any of them if I want to buy or not. I have a spool of about every brand of thread there is so it doesn't really matter to me. They are all good brands and good thread. Any 50 wt 2 ply or 60wt will give you a thin flat seam. I go by wt. and ply and the right size needle to fit the thread. For bobbin thread I use at least a 70 wt or higher on the biggest cone I can find. Usually Aurifil which is cotton mako thread. I bought a cone of Aurifil black bobbin thread, 80wt 17,000M for $18. It is thin enough the black works great in the bobbin with all med to dark fabrics.
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    I agree, thread is thread is thread. I have used them all and my machines (Singers and Juki's) work fine with any of them. I have however been using Wonderfil/Invisifil thread recommended by someone else on this board. It's 100 wt polyester thread. You get a ton of it on the bobbin (less bobbin refills) and takes up less space in the seams so a better 1/4 inch seam for me!
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    I like connecting threads. I had to buy a spool stand (yea, I could have made one but the CT ones were so pretty and when I try to cut corners, I regret it). It is relatively inexpensive and comes in a variety of colors. I am not constantly replacing the thread and it is of good quality. I tried poly thread because I heard how wonderful it was and it didn't work for me. Btw, people say CT is linty. I clean my bobbin area after I replace the bobbin 2x.

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    (yea, I could have made one but the CT ones were so pretty and when I try to cut corners, I regret it)
    My way of thinking too!
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