Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Trying to downsize >

Trying to downsize

Trying to downsize

Old 01-10-2013, 04:04 AM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 381
Default Trying to downsize

Being a new year etc. I have the downsizing and organizing bug. When I first got my serger I went crazy and purchased thread for it in lots of different shades etc. It wasn't long before I figured out that changing four threads for every little project was a big pain. I probably own more than 50 spools of serger thread in different colors etc. I don't longarm and only basically machine quilt Linus quilts. What can I use all of that serger thread for? Is it alright for machine quilting or as bobbin thread for embroidery?
I use my serger to do the basic sewing on my Linus quilts as most of them are just lengths of colorful child friendly prints backed with flannel and layered with batting. I make them envelope style and "birth" them. I sew the "envelope" with the serger, it cuts down on bulk and makes the seam sturdy. Since those seams are hidden I just use white or cream colored thread for them.
Once they are turned I machine quilt them very simply with a decorative stitch and often varigated thread.
mpspeedy2 is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 04:48 AM
  #2  
Super Member
 
deedum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bluebell
Posts: 4,288
Default

I too have trying to downsize in my sewing room. A person can just get too much stuff in there and then can't find anything I found. Been cleaning out and purging, sorting and trying to use up some of what I have. I have two sergers and tend to use the old one (they both are oLd)to make burp cloths and receiving blankets for babies. I would think it is fine for machine quilting but I would hesitate with the embrodiery part of it.
deedum is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 04:57 AM
  #3  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Central NJ
Posts: 5,402
Default

I use serger thread for machine piecing my quilts all the time. Never had an issue with it. Pick a color and go!
NJ Quilter is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 05:01 AM
  #4  
Super Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tennessee, UC area
Posts: 1,422
Default

Embroidery thread for the bobbin is usually white(if the piece is not reversible, and is very fine (40wt) so it won't create bulk in the many stitches of a design. The colors would be usable on top if you don't mind a "no sheen" look--which poly & rayon give. Personally, I use the serger cones for piecing all the time. And like you< I have tons of them --some came from factory sewing and I don't even know what fabric items they were used for. But if it's still strong--it is still usable!
mermaid is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 05:31 AM
  #5  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 12,371
Default

i used up (tons) of serger thread for quilting, piecing, bobbins...my mom had purchased a store going out of business stock & brought home literally hundreds of cones of 'maxi lock' thread- we both used it for about everything for years...there isn't much of it left now- we both sew alot- we never had any problems with any use of it-

Senior Member [HR][/HR]<dl class="userinfo_extra"><dt>Join Date</dt> <dd>Oct 2010</dd><dt>Location</dt> <dd>Tennessee, UC area</dd><dt>Posts</dt> <dd>370</dd><dt>Feedback Score</dt> <dd>2 (100%)</dd></dl>
Embroidery thread for the bobbin is usually white(if the piece is not reversible, and is very fine (40wt) so it won't create bulk in the many stitches of a design

(bottom line bobbin thread is 60wt---40 wt is a pretty common weight thread for piecing, quilting, garment construction ect---not considered a 'fine thread' at all---60wt-to 100wt threads are more the fine wt threads)
ckcowl is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 05:35 AM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
himnherr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 660
Default

I was given a ton of cone thread a couple of years ago. I use it both for piecing & quilting. Have not had any problems with it at all.
himnherr is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 05:47 AM
  #7  
Super Member
 
wesing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: East TN
Posts: 2,397
Default

When we first got our quilter the only thread we could use with it was Maxi-Lock serger thread (100% polyester). The quilts we have made with it are still going strong. We have not used it for piecing.

Darren
wesing is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 06:23 AM
  #8  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 11
Default

I've used my serger thread for everything with no issues. It works great for you embroidery machine, I use it to create a shadow effect on my embroidery as most of the embroidery thread is shiny and the serger thread is matte. Try a sample, I think you'll like it.
wellsl is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 06:51 AM
  #9  
Super Member
 
wolph33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Wi
Posts: 9,232
Default

I have used maxi lock for piecing for more years than I want to admit to,lol-guess I am getting old
wolph33 is offline  
Old 01-10-2013, 07:02 AM
  #10  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 20,906
Default

If you are talking about "Maxilock", it is not a thread that was made to hold up to seaming or quilting. It was designed to be a cheap and light thread for finishing the cut edges of garments, to keep them from raveling. It sounds like people have gotten away with using it on their quilts, but if you want your quilts to last a lifetime, I wouldn't use it. I made all my kid's clothes when they were small, using a serger and knit fabrics as much as possible (faster, easier). It was then that I learned the serged seams with Maxilock do not hold up. The thread will break easily in any kind of stretchy seam under stress. I know quilt seams are not stretchy, but a thread salesman confirmed my findings that Maxilock is a lightweight thread. I would use at least a Tex 40 rated thread for quilts. Maxilock is only a Tex 27.
sewbizgirl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
wendiq
General Chit-Chat (non-quilting talk)
48
11-09-2013 05:17 AM
harrishs
Main
99
03-11-2012 09:42 AM
tanderbear
Main
7
09-30-2011 07:14 PM
bebe
Main
113
06-10-2011 04:52 PM
TeriD
Pictures
83
05-28-2011 05:06 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.