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Thread: Using Gray Thread?

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    I use a light grey most of the time. other thread I use is a green kaki color which was recommended by Edyta Sitar only time I use other colors is if mostly white I will use white or mostly black will use black. saves changing by matching thread. I wind several bobins at once too. I use Aurifil thread.

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    That's a good idea! I usually piece with gray too! I also use ecru, black, and med. gold. The gold blends with most fabrics too. I learned this in my early dressmaking years.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    Yes, yes, yes....I have two shades of gray that I use all the time, medium light and medium dark. And I TRY to always have a box full of all white bobbins, all black bobbins, medium gray, and dark gray. I think the box holds a dozen. So easy to just wind a whole lot of bobbins at once and be done.....
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    I agree with all the colors as I do that too however one color not mentioned is light lavender. That too, blends well with most fabrics.

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    I use all colours, but mostly brown as I do a lot of quilts with an underlying red or maroon colour way. Brown blends in very well. I use grey on lighter quilts.

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    I have black and white bobbins in Bottom Line filled. I plain on getting some grey as soon as I can afford a spool. I figure between those 3 I will never have to have a colored bobbin unless I am doing some stitching that will show on the outside. Like the tote bag handles I just did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliKat View Post
    For piencing I use grey or taupe. Neutral colors blend in well and that way I don't have so many different colors to store.

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    Me too, right now I have cones of light grey and a medium beige. I hardly ever use white for piecing. Light sagey greens sound like another good choice.

    When I began quilting about 12 years ago my instructor told us about using light grey and at that time she said it was difficult to buy it in large spools so she grabbed whatever size spools she could.
    Last edited by May in Jersey; 10-21-2012 at 06:32 AM.

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    This is so smart! I never thought of it and have been buying way too much thread. I'll get some larger amounts of gray going forward!

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    If I am piecing, I use whatever color I have, top and bottom, unless it shows through on light colored fabrics....uses up all those extra bobbins! For quilting, I use a matching thread on the bottom (my quilting isn't that exceptional) and a color on top that will blend the most.

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    I use a grayish white, I think it is called silver, in superior bottom line thread. I use it in the bobbin and what ever color I want with the top thread. It just disappears into the fabric, I use it for piecing and quilting. It is very fine so a bobbin goes on forever.
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    Be aware that on dark colors it may show way more than you will like. My first quilting class I was told the grey thread theory and as the teacher was a bit of a quilt Nazi, that is what I used. Just before quilting I had to stop and un-sew a lot of blocks because the grey thread did not disappear into the dark purple fabric I was using. Just a little heads up.
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    also use a grey or tan thread in the large cones, it seems to work very well

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    I use, white, black, tan, medium grey, and dark gray....The most important thing to add to the mix is your brain.... Look at the first sewing and see if it is going to work, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn't....you do need to use your eyes to know for sure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins View Post
    I have a taupe that works very well.
    I'm with Deb, the taupe that I use blends with all colors. However, at the moment I'm trying to use up all the colors of the rainbow from my clothing construction days and since I am piecing scrapy quilts all the different colors work well without trying to match a thread color to a fabric.

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    I usually use grey, especially if my fabrics are all different colors as in a scrappy-type quilt. If the fabrics are earth tones then I choose an ecru color. I find that I can always buy these colors in bulk spools so I end up saving a lot of money not buying multiple small spools of a matching color.
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    I also use shades of grey in piecing, hand applique and quilting. I find I like the way the grey blends with almost all fabrics. I also wind several bobbins in the color I am using. Thanks for a great thread! Luann in CT
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    I read that too. I think it was a national quilt teacher that was being quoted. I always use only neutral colors to piece now. Makes it a a whole lot easier and faster.

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    I save the colors for applique, and use tans, greys, kahki, taupes for piecing.

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    Never heard of it. I use white or black on dark fabric.

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    Hmm, I've always used color and now that I'm thinking about it, it makes sense to use gray or white or some other neutral color instead and use the colored thread for the actual quilting. Thanks
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    Funny, I was told to use chambray, so most of the time that is what I have done. But think I'll start using up all the different colors of thread used in clothing construction over the years and empty out a slew of bobbins :>)

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    I do the same as gollytwo. It works great.
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    I use mostly cream or ecru, but do use dark thread with black. Here is a tip: don't use black thread on black fabric, use dark blue or dark gray. That way if you have to rip, you won't go blind! I always use Bottom Line or So Fine, both by Superior Threads, because the 50 and 60 wt thread allows for a more accurate seam allowance
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    grey, taupe and ecru are my main colors...all work well for me
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    I read a post months back where someone use either grey thread or lavendar thread for piecing. I like the grey thread idea and I have grey thread in my serger.

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