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Thread: Threads - to wax or not to wax?

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    I use 100% cotton thread for piecing and quilting and I used to always run it through wax as I read somewhere it helps prevent tangles; I've since stopped doing this because a) I'm lazy :oops: and b) I wasn't sure it reallly made a difference. I probably work with too long a length of thread to reduce knotting and rethreading the needle and I do find I get knots fairly frequently - I think I've just answered my own question, but what does anyone else think?

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    When I hand quilt I now use "quilting thread" which already has a wax substance on it. But if you are peicing and quilting by machine you never wax it as it will gum up you tension discs. I used to use wax before they came out with the special thread for hand quilting. marge

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    I haven't seen that, can you tell me the make? Can you get it online, do you know?

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    I use to use a wax now I use "Thread heaven" it is a thread conditioner and protectant....but I think the best think has been to shorten my thread...don't mind so much now that I found a needle threader....Gods gift to quilters.....that's my opinion
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    Thanks for the tip - I've got into the habit of cutting my thread always on an angle - it's amazing the difference in makes to ease of threading!

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    to wax or not to wax?

    are we talking about thread or legs?

    :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    to wax or not to wax?

    are we talking about thread or legs?

    :mrgreen: :lol: :mrgreen:

    OMGoodness Patrice...get out of my head!!! I was thinking thread, legs or eyebrows!!

    :wink:

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    It all sounds painful to me.

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    Oh girls....we can do both you know.....:-)

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    I don't like wax on my quilt. I just buy gutermann hand quilting thread. It if tangles, use shorter pieces.

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    [quote]I was thinking thread, legs or eyebrows!!

    dare I mention the bikini line :mrgreen: :lol: :oops:

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    I used to wax but find it too painful :lol:

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    Oh my! What kind of discussion have I started here? Only been on the forum a day and already lowered the tone! Sorry girls!

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    there's no point in trying to raise the tone around here. we are hopelessly rowdy. :lol:

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    Great, THAT'S why I feel so at home here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    there's no point in trying to raise the tone around here. we are hopelessly rowdy. :lol:
    It's all Patrice's fault. She started it.

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    Thanks for not blaming me! Just asked an innocent question...!

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    Be careful. There is probably plenty of blame to go around. LOL

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    Well...maybe it's her cat's fault then........



    :roll:

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    no. i'm proud to say it's ALL my fault. :mrgreen:

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    Read a tip from somewhere that said to iron your thread--it straightens the fibers and they won't tangle. Worth a try!

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    Thanks poygan - we ARE back to talking about sewing thread, I hope, LOL !!!

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    I had the same problem until I saw in a quilting magazine to keep a fabric softner sheet on hand and each time you rethread your needle, fold the sheet and pull your thread through. I sure made a difference for me.

    good luck

    Jane Sisk

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    I'll try that for sure Jane, just the easy kind of tip I like!

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    Are you using hand quilting thread? Single? length about 12-15 inches. I only waxed when I was having trouble pulling the thread through. Certain colors like black or navy also seem to knot more easily.

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