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Jutta Posted: Mon, Jul 6 2009 10:04 PM

Do you use polyester tread or cotton thread for your machine piecing? What is your favorite color for piecing fabric?

I have so many threads and I try to match the color of the fabric when hand piecing. For machine piecing I use a neutral color such as off-white or grey. 

My motto is you can never have to many thread spools or to much fabric!

 

 

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Hi Jutta, you will find some of your answers here:  1051.aspx

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Rhonnie replied on Mon, Jul 6 2009 10:11 PM

Jutta,

I have to agree never too much thread....it's kinda like never too much fabric.

I use neutral for all piecing. I always use cotton thread. I guess that comes form years of sewing for a welder and never broke that habit or even thought it was a need to break it.

The one with the biggest colection in the end wins...is that the theory?

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Jutta replied on Mon, Jul 6 2009 10:18 PM

Thank you Spudgrandma. This is very interesting what everyone is using.

I must have missed that post, because it has been a while since I have been on this forum. Changed my internet provider to Satellite and had a few problems with it.

Thanks again!

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Jutta replied on Mon, Jul 6 2009 10:21 PM

Hi Rhonnie,

If that's the theory, I am going to make the top 10 list.....lol

I thought cotton thread was a must when it comes to piecing, but I understand that polyester may even last longer.

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Rhonnie replied on Mon, Jul 6 2009 10:37 PM

I hadn't heard that but honestly I am not around alot of quilters. I am just me winging it where a wise lady left off with stupid teen that knew too much but loved me anyway. I will be curious as to if that is the thought of most, alot or just a few.....I guess this question is gonna keep me asking and finding out more.

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Jutta, I have been told, and I have read, that you don't want to use polyester thread. Since it's a synthetic, it will cut the threads of the cotton fabric eventually. I use only cotton thread. I don't do much hand-piecing, like next to none, but I use 1 of three colors: white, black, or grey. I took a hand applique class one year at Quilting In the Tetons. I don't remember the name of the instructor, but she used silk thread for the hand applique.

I guess the bottom line is you need to use natural fiber threads for natural fiber fabric.

 


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Jutta replied on Mon, Jul 6 2009 11:40 PM

Judy,

I agree with you and it makes sense. When I took a hand applique class our teacher talked about using silk thread as well. Working with silk thread is very nice.

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gini replied on Tue, Jul 7 2009 12:23 AM

hi jutta, i use cotton thread for piecing.   off white, a greenish brown and black.    when i have quilting threads left over, i will match them to fabric until i run out.    with my hand piecing and applique i match the color.  i try to get cotton, but i will use anything that matches most closely if i can get it.   silk threads are great for applique, they disappear into the appliqued piece.  but very slick.  i hve just learned a new technique for controlling them, so i'll have to dig them out and try again.    an applique  instructor  told us last class that aurafil is a great thread to use, because it doesn't tangle.    i just got some today to try.    gini

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Rhonnie replied on Tue, Jul 7 2009 11:56 AM

I see that it seems to be the cotton that is favored. I guess I am the natural fibers type I use only cotton to sew with unless a special project and ugh I hate when kids say mom can do that. Plus I have tried the poly in my machine and it hates it. I have machines with personality it seems....lol. I was told once they like me and stong willed/stubborn...I wonder if that was a compliment or insult.....no matter I took it as a compliment. LOL gotta think positvie somedays

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Kris replied on Wed, Jul 8 2009 12:43 PM

I mainly use 100% cotton threads. I use monofilament thread occasionally when I don't want the thread to be the focus of my quilting. 

I don't have a favourite brand of thread but lately I've been using Essential thread from connecting threads. It is very inexpensive and does a really nice job.

In my most recent quilting project I used a Sulky varigated 30 wt cotton on top and Coats & clark 40 wt rayon thread on the back. 

I use what works at the time. 

I don't keep a lot of thread at one time since they do tend to deteriorate over time.

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Jutta King:

Thank you Spudgrandma. This is very interesting what everyone is using.

I must have missed that post, because it has been a while since I have been on this forum. Changed my internet provider to Satellite and had a few problems with it.

Thanks again!

No prob Jutta.  I'm  glad you got your Satellite worked out, having computer probs is the pits.

 

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gini replied on Tue, Feb 22 2011 10:15 AM

this is a good article on metalic threads

http://e1.interweave.com/dm?id=3C4BFC252D0E463C1F99E4F6945B1AED31464B43DE2AEF6E

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