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Thread: Best thread for FW 221

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    Best thread for FW 221

    I am wondering what the best thread and size spool for a FW 221 is to sew with? I find that when I use a large spool the tread breaks while sewing and I have no problem when using the small thin spools. Has anyone encountered this and is it a tension adjustment that is needed?

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    I just had that happen when I was at class yesterday. Next time i will try a smaller spool.

    for one of my machines with a short spool holder, i put an empty green skinny plastic spool in the hole that seems to help keep it on the machine.
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    I've not had any problems with the thread breaking, so you might want to check how you're threading it and how tight your tension is.

    I have only used Aurifil in my FW, and she seems to adore it. I plan to try a bunch of Connecting Threads thread I got for Christmas once my current projects move on.

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    there is a wooden dowel (not sure if that is how you spell it) you can purchase at quilt stores that will fit over the spool pin. I have used Coats and Clark cotton.
    Today my granddaughter and I both quilted on FW's.
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    I primarily use Gutterman thread in all my machines. Superior threads are also excellent.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    Mine likes every thread I have used. I cut a sonic straw about 4-5" long and put it over the spool holder and place my connecting threads spool on and never have any problems. (I am sure any straw would work-just like the red fat sonic straw. :>)
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    I use thread from Connecting Threads and haven't had any problems. I also use a thread stand.
    Lynn

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    That is a thought....I read in one of the other posts about a wooden dowel you can buy...does anyone know if you can get it on line and where?

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    The fw 221 is thread sensitve to serger thread I have found out but I use all other kinds. I have to work with the tension some times but for the most part they all work. I would like to read more if you have other thoughts.

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    mine takes any and all threads...i use the wooden dowel that i picked up at a quilt show

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    When I use thread from Connecting Threads I use barrel from an old straight ink pen, just take the guts out of it and put it on the spool pin. When I use Coats and Clark on the large spool, I either use a cone thread stand or the wooden spool insert. You can see one in the following picture link.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719RMiKSl

    You can see the pen barrel in the following picture link.

    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...45965719VtHrGS

    The only thread I've had trouble with on my FWs is Masterpiece, it breaks constantly; however none of my more modern machines have a problem with it.

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    I use any thread but I do mostly use connectingthreads thread. I have not had any problems but I did buy from http://www.shop.sew-classic.com a new spool pin that has a hole in it so provide a place of you to run the thread through if you are using a cone on a cone holder. They also sell a little spring to put over the spool pin that they say makes the spool turn easier if using a normal size spool of thread. I have purchased from this store several times and am very happy with their shipping prices and fast shipping. I like that idea about the Sonic straw.

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    What is a sonic straw?

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