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Thread: What thread to use for hand quilting

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    What thread to use for hand quilting

    I'm repairing a hexie flimsy I found when I cleaned out the garage fabric stash. Lol, completely forgot I had it. I'm using regular old Coats and Clark All Purpose thread (which I just noticed is 100% polyester,) and the thread the original quilter used looks much thicker. Did they use "hand quilting thread" back then? This might be from before the 50's, judging from the fabric. But they might have been using old fabric. Its cool, some of the hexies are pieced, to make the fabric last. I'll try to post some pictures, I can hear you thinking about wanting them clear over here, lol.

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    I use thread specifically for hand quilting. It's thicker than regular thread.

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    I just realized i worded this wrong. What thread do I use for hand piecing.

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    Hand Piecing I use either Aurifil 50 wt. or silk thread- I want a fine, smooth thread so my stitching does not show.
    threads have come a long way over the years, 50 years ago there wasn’t much to choose from.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

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    I love YLI or I wax Coats and Clark handquilting thread.
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    For hand piecing, I use a 40 wt. thread (King Tut by Superior Threads) as suggested by Jinny Beyer.
    Lisa

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    I use same Guterman's I use for machine work. Or occasionally Invisifil.
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    Oh- in that case!
    I use Aurifil 40 or 50 for hand piecing.

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