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Thread: What type of thread do you use to FMQ?

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    i use the superior thread 50 wt. they recommend that with my 6600p that i fmq with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter

    You know you can get just as crazy about buying thread as you can fabric - whod'a thunk it.
    I'm crazy about thread!

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    I use serger thread, machine quilt and regular cotton thread. Try different kinds to see which one you prefer.

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    Definitely go to the superior threads site. Look under the education tab. That said, what kind of thread you use depends on the effect you want on your quilt. Embroidery thread is usually shiny and is great for hightlighting areas on a quilt -- eyes, sun, flowers. The heavy weight threads will show and are great if this is what you want. If this is your first attempt, you might want to use a 50 or 60 weight. These ligher weights will blend into the background and all your learning "mistakes" don't show up so much. As stated above, use a quilt sandwich with your actual quilt fabric and batting, and have fun trying out different threads until you find the one that gives you the effect you want.

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    I agree with Katier825, my Viking only likes certain threads. The ones I use the most are Aurifil and YLI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I read a horror story once where a lady used a cone type serger thread to piece her quilt and when she ironed it, the whole thing fell apart. Aparently the thread was Nylon. Since then I have stayed clear of all things serger.

    I often use the same weight cotton thread for piecing and for quilting. Most of mine is from Connecting Threads. But I also use Star thread - the variegated (from Coats and Clark) with great results, and I have assorted others.

    You know you can get just as crazy about buying thread as you can fabric - whod'a thunk it.
    How interesting--I've used cones (serger thread), the cheap stuff, for years and have had no problems. I use more expensive threads for FMQ--usually Gutterman because that is what I happen to have on hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    Opinions are like ... quilts. Everyones is different.

    Different threads have different qualities and will suit varied needs as well as machines and fabric.

    The best advice I can offer is to make a sample sandwich of the same material and check out the different thread to see how it performs as well as how it looks. It is not uncommon to use diferent colors, weights, and types of thread on the same quilt.

    EXPERIMENT .. On samples!!!!
    Excellent advise! It is so worth a little time and effort to experiment first. You will know what works for you and your machine!

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    I'm not a professional at all but my experience with Sulky on my long arm was nothing but negative. It kept breaking. Went to my serger thread and had no problem.

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    I use Isacord Embroidery thread, I have done about 20 quilts and it seems to be great, but I am a newbies too.

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    You can use anything that looks good on your quilt. It depends on how much you want it to show. If you don't want it to show, but sink into the fabric, go with a 50 or 60 wt. thread. If you want it to show more, go with a heavier one. I have used all the different kinds that everyone has been talking about. I even have used serger thread, with no problems. Even after the quilt is done.
    I prefer to use one thread in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. I have even used Bottom Line in both the top and bobbin.
    If you are just starting out, I would say to start with a finer thread and then move on to others.
    Like someone else said, try different threads on a couple of quilt sandwiches. Mark on them what they are. When you see something you like - go for it.
    Good luck! Oh, one more thing, be sure to practice on the sandwiches first, before you do your quilt. Relax and enjoy the learning process.

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    There was a string a few weeks ago about fmq with the feet up. I read many quilters did that. I tried it yesterday and like it. I do feel it helps keep the stitches more consistent. I like Superior Thread so King Tut is my most used for quilting. I am using Aurafil for the first time because it was the perfect color. I like it too.

    Quote Originally Posted by saragasch
    I found with my Viking that it likes certain threads better than others. It does better with Isacord and Kingtut than others. I also do something that is supposedly a big no, no. I have to fmq with my feed dogs in the up position. It just does better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I read a horror story once where a lady used a cone type serger thread to piece her quilt and when she ironed it, the whole thing fell apart. Aparently the thread was Nylon. Since then I have stayed clear of all things serger.

    I often use the same weight cotton thread for piecing and for quilting. Most of mine is from Connecting Threads. But I also use Star thread - the variegated (from Coats and Clark) with great results, and I have assorted others.

    You know you can get just as crazy about buying thread as you can fabric - whod'a thunk it.
    I also use the cotton thread from Connecting thread, I love colors in my quilt. Remember cotton thread does make the need for cleaning around the bobbin important. I clean after every major project.

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    I think it is up to you and the results you want. I have quilted with cotton, poly, rayon, invisible monofilament, metallic. I've used different weight also depending on the results I wanted. I learned with cotton and then branched out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilting in my60s
    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I read a horror story once where a lady used a cone type serger thread to piece her quilt and when she ironed it, the whole thing fell apart. Aparently the thread was Nylon. Since then I have stayed clear of all things serger.

    I often use the same weight cotton thread for piecing and for quilting. Most of mine is from Connecting Threads. But I also use Star thread - the variegated (from Coats and Clark) with great results, and I have assorted others.

    You know you can get just as crazy about buying thread as you can fabric - whod'a thunk it.
    I also use the cotton thread from Connecting thread, I love colors in my quilt. Remember cotton thread does make the need for cleaning around the bobbin important. I clean after every major project.
    I clean my bobbin area with each and every bobbin change.

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    I used Sulky Polylite and it works like a dream, plus the sheen makes the quilting "dance."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Don't put a large amount of weight on anything a Joanne'e employee tells you! Just because they work there, doesn't mean they know anything about quilting etc.

    You have that right. Was in Joan's recently and looking for bobbin washers and quilting paper. Just wanted to see what they were like. One of the clerks spent some time looking for them and finally admitted that she had never heard of either one. Must admit, I was a bit miffed. How could anyone work in a place like that and NOT have heard of those items. That said, Amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wytetygeress
    I have metallic thread...I haven't used it yet. It kind of scares me lol. Right now i am using serger thread right now and it keeps breaking. I am just starting out on FMQ so i will try your suggestions =)
    If you are going to use Metallic thread, get a bottle of "Sewers Aid" and squirt it on the thread before you start sewing. I don't know why but it helps the thread from breaking. And Don't quilt to fast. Good luck.

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    I use the type of thread depending on the look I want. If I want a heavier look to my thread, I use 40 wt. cotton. If I want a lighter look, I use the 50 wt. cotton. If I want it to have a shine to it, I use a 40 wt. polyestor.

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    I have a Husqvarna Designer SE I use medera poly thread for embroidery and fmq. Also have use YLI verigated and love that look for fmq!

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    My brother FMQ loves signature....and I have used YLI..but I pretty much stick with Signature..

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    Quote Originally Posted by ploverwi2
    Google Leah Day. You will love her site and all her free FMQ patterns. You can e-mail her with questions, and she will write back the same day. She has been so good to me. She also knows how to fix your darning foot. So it works a hundred per cent better. Give her a try. You will be so glad you did.
    Thanks for the info on Leah Day. I googled her and have now bookmarked her site. I plan to go back and really check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Don't put a large amount of weight on anything a Joanne'e employee tells you! Just because they work there, doesn't mean they know anything about quilting etc.
    amen,some time I don't think they know the layout of the store. However, being a newbie I have learn to go to the manager with questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saragasch
    I found with my Viking that it likes certain threads better than others. It does better with Isacord and Kingtut than others. I also do something that is supposedly a big no, no. I have to fmq with my feed dogs in the up position. It just does better.
    I agree with you saragasch. I always leave my feed dogs up. I can get better control and stitch length that way.

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