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    What brand of thread do you always use for piecing and machine quilting and why do you like it? And what thread will you no longer use and why? I have been quilting for about a year now and I am just exploring different threads. Also could you give web sites that have great prices for your thread of choice. Thanks in Advance

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    I prefer Superior threads, Mettler or Guterman...I will not use Coats and Clark because it is so fuzzy. Forgetting about brand names, the best threads are trilobal or long staple Egyptian cotton...these threads are made of longer fibers, creating less lint and less breakage.

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    I used Mettler thread for years in my Bernina sewing machine, but have finally decided it creates too much lint.

    Have heard that Aurifil creates much less lint, so that is what I am going to try now. It's a thinner thread too so that more yardage fits on a bobbin. I'm ordering from the website below that someone else here recommended, as she is having a sale on Aurifil (50 wt is the one I'm planning to use for piecing) for $6 a spool thru December 31st. (Yikes, have to get my order in!)
    http://www.sewezdesigns.com/index.html

    Have also seen Masterpiece from Superior Threads highly recommended for piecing. It seems to me it is very similar to Aurifil, and I think I figured out that Aurifil is cheaper.

    King Tut is often recommended for machine quilting. It is a little thicker than Aurifil and 3-ply instead of 2-ply. I am going to try the Aurifil variegated for machine quilting, but I'm tempted by the King Tut as it would be a stronger thread. It's just that it is about twice as expensive as the Aurifil on sale.

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    I use Master Piece for piecing and the thinnest thread possible for quilting wallhangings, otherwise Master Piece also for quilting larger quilts. A long armer friend gave me her stash of Master Piece when she realized that it can not be used in a long arm and I have a decent stash.

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    For piecing, I use Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus on top & Sew Fine or Bottom Line poly prewound bobbins. There is a little fuzz but not much.

    For quilting, I used to fight with C&C Machine Quilting thread but no more! I just tried a spool of Robinson Anton 50 weight cotton and it ran as smooth as silk. It does fuzz quite a bit but not as much as C&C and the quality is much better. Someone gave me a spool of Sulky Blendables and it was heavenly to work with but it's expensive. I also bought some King Tut but haven't used it yet. Many, many people swear by it, though.

    I just finished 2 quilts and used the C&C Dual Duty thread in the bobbin with no problems at all. My plastic prewounds won't work in my mid-arm and I don't have any cardboard ones yet. I like the poly prewounds because they hold so much more thread and no lint. Also, I have to drag out my old mechanical machine to wind the metal bobbins for my mid-arm since I don't have a bobbin winder and they won't fit on my embroidery or piecing machines.

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    I use the thread from Connecting Threads. Love it.

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    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting.
    Do you use different weights for piecing and quilting? I have just ordered lots of the 50wt, but I'm wondering if the 40wt would be better for machine quilting.

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    I use Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus on top and bottom (for pieicing) because it's readily available and I can run to Joann's if I run out and I'm cheap so I try to use a coupon if it's not on sale for 50% off and I still consider myself a beginning quilter and don't know better yet and I have two boys who will inherit a lot of UFO's which will end up in the trash if I don't get busy soon. I do clean my machine often to dig out all the lint but I don't mind.

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    We generally use Connecting Threads for piecing and either CT or Maxi-Lock (100% polyester) for quilting. The CT creates a lot of lint, but we clean the bobbin cases with every change so it isn't a big problem.

    Darren

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    I use connecting thread for both piecing and machine quilting

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    this was a good thread LOL

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    this was a good thread LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by Boscobd
    I use Aurifil for both piecing and quilting.
    Do you use different weights for piecing and quilting? I have just ordered lots of the 50wt, but I'm wondering if the 40wt would be better for machine quilting.
    I use the 50wt for both piecing and quilting and have never had any issues. About the only thing that I have noticed while using the 50wt for quilting is that depending on the thread color/fabric combo, the quilting doesn't show much definition. Not a big deal for me tho.

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    I use Superior threads, King Tut, Masterpiece and Bottom Line. I also like Mettler Silk Finish. And I use YLI Soft Touch for piecing.

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    I got two different recommendations. From the LQS Bottom Line 60wt polyester but when I took quilting classes from the QS I purchased my sewing machine from I was told to use Mettler silk finish, 100% cotton 50wt.

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    Aurifil.

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    I piece with Aurifil (it's low lint).
    I machine applique applique with YLI Silk 100 (If I don't want it to show) or Aurifil wool (if I want it to show).
    I quilt with whatever thread looks best - mostly King Tut, but I will use silk for a very special quilt.
    For the bobbin of my longarm I love Fil-Tec prewound bobbins (they are made with Glide brand polyester thread).
    For machine embroidery I usually use Isacord, sometimes use silk, and every now and again I use Oliver Twist.
    I thread paint with Sulky.

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    I quilt on my LA with King Tut, Rainbow, Halo, Razzle Dazzle, So Fine and Bottom Line, all by Superior. I use all on top and always use Bottom Line in my bobbin. King Tut is extra long staple Egyptian cotton so it rarely breaks with quilting. Both So Fine and Bottom Line are poly and are awesome. It you go to Superior Thread's website they have a tab called "education" where Bob will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about thread! I also use his metallic thread and glitter when I want sparkle. For piecing I use MasterPiece...thin enough to not interfere with my scant quarter inch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Do you use different weights for piecing and quilting? I have just ordered lots of the 50wt, but I'm wondering if the 40wt would be better for machine quilting.
    It depends on how much you want the quilting thread to show. The 40wt threads show more then the 50 or 60wt threads, but if you are doing micro work, you want 60-100wt so you can get your stitch lines close together without them running together like a 40 or 30wt thread would. I like 50wt for piecing because it is thin enough not to bulk up the seams but strong enough to hold together well.

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    I haven't found a brand of thread I don't have at least one spool of. I have one spool of hand dyed thread from England $12 for 100 yards. It was a door prize at quilt shop opening. The shop never did sell one spool of the stuff and she ordered lots of it. The owner wanted only the best of the best but forgot who her customers would be. (the shop went under in less then two years) I like all the good brands. I use Connecting Threads cotton and their new poly the most and I like Fil Tec, Superior, Coats and Clark, Guttermann, Star, YLI, Robin Anton, InvisiFil, Signature, and Sulky. Aurifil is good but not worth the price to me. I ask for samples at thread vendors when I go to quilt shows. Most will have a sample packs put back for sale. My machines will sew with all of the brands of threads. I do love machine quilting with silk thread. It's like sewing with air. Superior had a great introductory sale for their new line of silk and I stocked up.

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    I use Aurifil and Connecting Threads both seem to produce less lint and my breakage has gone way down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    I used Mettler thread for years in my Bernina sewing machine, but have finally decided it creates too much lint.

    Have heard that Aurifil creates much less lint, so that is what I am going to try now. It's a thinner thread too so that more yardage fits on a bobbin. I'm ordering from the website below that someone else here recommended, as she is having a sale on Aurifil (50 wt is the one I'm planning to use for piecing) for $6 a spool thru December 31st. (Yikes, have to get my order in!)
    http://www.sewezdesigns.com/index.html

    Have also seen Masterpiece from Superior Threads highly recommended for piecing. It seems to me it is very similar to Aurifil, and I think I figured out that Aurifil is cheaper.

    King Tut is often recommended for machine quilting. It is a little thicker than Aurifil and 3-ply instead of 2-ply. I am going to try the Aurifil variegated for machine quilting, but I'm tempted by the King Tut as it would be a stronger thread. It's just that it is about twice as expensive as the Aurifil on sale.
    Thanks for your information, I just placed an order! Awesome price. Karole

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    i have lots of coats & clark and gutterman thread left over from my days of making clothes...I have been using it up in my quilt tops. I'm less picky with what i sew my quilt tops with. What i am picky about is why i hand quilt with - YLI glazed cotton thread. Sadly, no one around here sells it :( I have to order it online

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    I like Mettler or Gutermann for piecing.

    I like Signature American & Elfird for longarm quilting. Also love Aurifil, Isacord, and Madeira polyneon when I want some shine.

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