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

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    Senior Member wytetygeress's Avatar
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    Ok i have a newbie question. What type of thread (top) do you use to FMQ. A employee from Joann told me to use Serger thread. A lady at my LQS said don't use serger thread to use either cotton thread, embroidery thread or 50 weight thread...I am confused. Because when i bought my Viking machine, i was told to use embroidery thread only for embroidery.

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    I think it depends on what the quilt is going to be used for, some threads lend themselves better to wall hangings. You can use cotton, polyester, metallics, monofilament. It is pretty much up to personal preferences. Try different brands out to see what you like. They have so many Sulky, Isacord, King tut are a few I can name off the top of my head

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    Nothing like people who can't agree...

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    I use whatever works. I have used embroidery thread as well as serger thread with no problems.

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    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 =)

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    I use sulky or gutterman...but I make use to use the same on the bobbin

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    I like King Tut from Superior Threads. I have used Serger thread in a pinch, make sure there is plenty of slack for the thread as it comes from the cone holder . Sometimes putting it a bit of a distance helps. You may also want to adjust your tension.
    Embrodery thread is not a great quilting thread as it is intended for decoration and not for strenght.

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    My Viking loves Aurifil, Wonderfil, Gutterman, YLI for quilting. I use Aurifil more than anything else.

    Whatever your machine likes! Make yourself a practice sandwich and write one it what you use so you can compare a few.

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    I use Robinson Anton 50 wt that came with my 6600P sewing machine. It plays nicely when I FMQ. I am a newbie at FMQ and I had this thread on hand. The all purpose Coats & Clark from Wal Mart does NOT FMQ nicely on my machine.

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    I listened to the advice of Leah Day and bought Isacord. Wow..it really does quilt very nicely. I also use YLI with great success.

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    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.

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    I use King Tut for all quilting and guterman for piecing.

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    Now, to each her own, but I personally wouldn't use serger thread. It's not as strong. My time is more valuable then the fabric, thread, batting, etc. I can't afford to spend my time and energy working with materials that might not hold up. Other quilters might find that something else works for them, and make different choices. I like Aurifil cotton mako, 50 wt for piecing, 12-40 wt for quilting, although anything goes. I also like Masterpiece by Superior for piecing, and their Perfect Quilter or King Tut for quilting.

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    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.

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    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.

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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.
    I will. I fixed the daring foot. Called the guy that i bought the machine from and he said any high shank foot would work..so i went to the LQS, the same that told me to use the embroidery thread to buy the foot..

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    My machine isn't fussy at all, so I use all kinds of threads. I heard a lecture from a lady who works for YSL threads and she said, just use what you like, if it works in your machine.

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    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!!!!

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    Thank you everyone for all the advice! yall are the best.

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    to use serger thread is not good advice. It is thin and breaks easily as it is not as strong as other thread.
    It is made for serging and not some other work.

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    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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    I just finished FMQing three quilts on (two on my Viking and one on my Pfaff) and used Essential Pro, the new poly thread from Connecting Threads. Loved it!! Did not break once, almost no lint from the thread, and a nice, smooth matte finish makes it look like cotton. Bought a couple of cones to try because of the price. I will get a couple more. And, I put it on my wish list as a stocking stuffer for Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    My Viking loves Aurifil, Wonderfil, Gutterman, YLI for quilting. I use Aurifil more than anything else.

    Whatever your machine likes! Make yourself a practice sandwich and write one it what you use so you can compare a few.
    Best advice ever, I always make a practise sandwich and test out different threads, especially when I get a new machine, I don't mean NEW new machine just another one, oh you know what I mean I am sure.

    My Singer Capri prefers Sylko so I have to buy that on EBay, my Elna 7200 will use anything and the others are not too fussy either. I have started using the Superior "Bottom line" thread and if you go to their site: http://www.superiorthreads.com/ you will find an enormous amount of really good information.

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    I would not use serger thread! I use a 16 needle to fmq, and the serger thread needs a 14 needle (at least in my experience). When I was a newbie, I tried the serger thread and found that it broke all the time. I use the thread from Connecting Threads - in the bobbin and on top. Works wonderful; no breaking or skipping.

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    Superior Threads King Tut is very nice to work with. There's not much lint and breakage is minimal.

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