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Old 11-05-2014, 05:27 AM
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Hi everyone..........this newbie has another question. Thread choice is limited in Ontario to maybe Coats & Clark or Gutermann. I can't touch the local quilt shops due to their high costs and did find a 30/3 at Fabricland ( I think that is too heavy) for ONLY $16.00 incl. tax for a 1200 spool. Is 50/3 ok to use for piecing and top quilting. Does it always have to be all cotton.
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no dose not have to be all cotton just not rayon a lot of people use coats & clark
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I bookmarked a great thread company in Canada. They have Auriful which is a very fine 50/3 thread I like for piecing. http://www.tristan.bc.ca/specials.html

Also I imagine www.connectingthreads.com ships to Cananda. Their cotton threqad is very nice and the price is RIGHT!
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I use Coats and Clark all the time. They have different varieties. I like the all cotton for machine and heavy duty. It just depends on the subject I'm working on.
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Coats and Clark is very expensive compared to other quality brands. There is less on the spool for the same price. I live in the US and buy thread from Tristan's. Their cotton mako thread is fantastic. I can't find it in the US.
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Originally Posted by SusanSusan33 View Post
I bookmarked a great thread company in Canada. They have Auriful which is a very fine 50/3 thread I like for piecing. http://www.tristan.bc.ca/specials.html
Does the '3' in 50/3 refer to the ply? I was under the impression Aurifil threads were 2 ply. Can anyone confirm?
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Why not rayon? Is sulky thread rayon? I assumed it was ok to quilt with?
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The first number is the weight of the thread the second is the ply. For piecing and bobbin I like the 2 ply. Tristan sells cotton mako which is the same as Aurifil which they are clearancing out. Aurifil is just a brand name.

Rayon is more for machine embroidery. Sulky makes different types of thread, not just rayon.

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Yes, 50/3 is good to use for piecing. With whatever thread you use do a test and verify that it doesn't throw off your seam allowance. Thicker thread takes up a tiny bit more room & vice versa.
http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...ce-t89997.html
Also there has been a lot of discussion lately about the use of poly thread. Evidently most people feel it's just fine to use in quilting due to improved quality.
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Originally Posted by joe'smom View Post
Does the '3' in 50/3 refer to the ply? I was under the impression Aurifil threads were 2 ply. Can anyone confirm?

Oops- I mis spoke (or is that mis typed??) it's 2 ply not 3 ply!!

I beleive Connecting threads thread is 3 ply.
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