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Thread: What do I do with this type of thread?

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    Super Member KenmoreGal2's Avatar
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    What do I do with this type of thread?

    I was given a lot of spools of thread. Most of it is all purpose but there are a few that I don't know what to do with. Please advise me!! Thanks.

    1. Silk thread
    2. Sulky
    3. Machine Embroidery (not a pack of floss, but a spool of embroidery thread)
    4. Three Cord Mercerized Left Twist
    5. Rayon
    6. Mettler Poly Sheen


    I have one more that has no label so I'll take a picture of it on a separate post.

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    Hard to tell without knowing the weights. Off hand, 3,5 & 6 sound like machine embroidery thread, which you can use for quilting, especially wall hangings & table top items. 4 sounds like button hole twist, very strong thread, use to hem jeans. 2 is a brand name, not a thread type. Depends on the weight of the silk. you can quilt with it, also can be used for applique.
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    Super Member KenmoreGal2's Avatar
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    Thanks!! Except for that "left twist" one, they seemed very similar to all purpose thread to me. I don't want to cause problems with my machine by using inappropriate threads. Can I use embroidery thread in a regular old (really!) DSM?

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    I love using YSL silk thread for hand appliqué.
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    I'm "bumping" this post once in the hopes I will get more replies. Thanks!!

    I also have a follow up question to Princess's reply. I assume if I use one of these threads, I will have to use the same type of thread in the bobbin right (like the machine embroidery thread for example)? My thinking is that if I only have one smallish spool of a certain type, I probably won't have enough to do much if it has to be top and bottom thread. I can't mix general purpose poly thread and machine embroidery thread can I?

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    Silk thread is very popular with sewing applique. I love Mettler thread. I haven't used the poly sheen. I have used Sulky in quilting and decorative stitching. I usually keep a cotton thread in the bobbin when using a specialty thread on top.
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    Thank you for that additional piece of advice ManiacQuilter. I'm going to print out all the replies and keep them in a zip lock bag with these spools of thread for future reference.

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