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Thread: Waht thread to use??

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    Waht thread to use??

    Can you use serger thread to piece a quilt together?

    What is the difference between serger thread and sewing thread? Thank you
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    of course you can. However, serger thread is not as strong as other thread so be aware of thi. Is more linty.

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    This comes up often and I would never pinch a penny in this way. Read this http://www.the-sewing-partner.com/serger-thread.html

    Serger thread is designed to be used in 2-5 overlapping strands to be strong enough for a seam. Not my idea of a bargain to use it and I don't like polyester in my quilts anyway.

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    do a tug test- if it does not break when you wrap it around both hands and give it a tug it is strong enough===i've had expensive quilting thread break with a tug---and i've made many many quilts with serger thread that years later are still all in one piece just fine-
    as long as the thread is strong- does not break easily you can use it- the main difference is weight- but you can buy serger thread that is 40-50 & 60 wt that holds up just fine. and you can spend a fortune on expensive thread that will break every couple inches.
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    I use it all the time and set my stitch length a little shorter. Never had a problem.

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    Thank you all so much for you views on using serger thread to piece quilts and quilting them....

    I was given a very large box full of serger thread and since I do not have a serger I was wondering what to do with it..

    I guess I will try the test of pulling the thread to see how strong it is... then if it is ok, I may try using it ... Thanks again...

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    probably silly question: since serger thread is thinner, would it work to thread two strands of it (from two spools, of course) into the needle and proceed with piecing?

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    Cotton thread is normally the thread of choice when quilting; it's stronger and since it is sewing cotton it is supposed to be better on the durability of the quilt. Serger thread is polyester and can cut into the cotton fabric. I only use Aurofil when it comes to making my quilt. It is 2ply so I have more accurate seams and it's strong.
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    I have a lot of serger thread from 18yrs ago when I bought my serger and then got out of sewing for years. This year I bought a Viking Ruby and I'm making free standing lace ornaments and tree toppers. The site where I got the pattern says that polysester (serger) thread is better for the lace than the normal rayon thread used in embroidery. It's working really well and the best part I really feel that these cost me know thing to make except time since I've had the thread so long. It's still stong so I used it.
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    When using a serger you are usually working with three or four threads. The thread has to be thinner to keep it from being to bulky. It does produce a lot of lint. I have used regular sewing thread on my serger but not serger thread on my sewing machine. They do make cones of thread that look like serger thread to be used on a quilting machine like the Tin Lizzie etc. I would assume that they are cotton or at least a blend not polyester like the regular serger thread. I wouldn't piece or applique with serger thread.
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