When hand quilting, do you prefer to wax your cotton thread? I am not sure that it makes a difference if the cotton thread is waxed or not. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Thanks for your input!
I do a LOT of hand quilting, and found that the YL1 quilting thread (and the Guterman's) don't need any waxing. The thread doesn't get tangled, and I cut my thread about 45-50" long. I tried waxing my thread a while back, and found that it didn't make a noticeable difference.
maybe that's it. I use Güterman thread as well and it works beautiful for me. There are less expensive threads out there and sometimes they tangle up and might need waxing. I guess it depends on what you buy.
I use the 100 % cotton thread for hand quilting and don't know what the YL1 is. Is this the same thread?
Hand quilting thread is already waxed... if you use something else - I will use thread heaven- the stuff in the little blue box - just run my thread through it and have no problems - but that is when I am using just regular cotton thread or a poly or rayon or metallic...
Never had the need to wax my thread but I always use hand quilting thread for that purpose.
I don't do any hand quilting ... only hand stitch my bindings. I always use the stuff in the little blue box too, but maybe I wouldn't need to if I used a better thread.
Sandy, i don't think it is a matter of better threads - some of the best silk threads will tangle at the worst time. I dont' use cheap threads but think the thread stuff is great. it keeps it from tangling and that is a good thing...lol
that's news to me that all quilting threads are already waxed. Need to check into that. I have switched to Güterman threads and they work beautifully without waxing. I have been using the the yellow wax to use for orther 100 % cotton threads, but it has not made any difference on how the thread is going through the layers of fabric. I don't use Polyester threads for hand quilting at all. Occasionally, I use polyester threads for hand applique or maybe hand piecing, but if I can avoid it, I will. For hand work I like to use 100 % cotton. I have used a metallic thread for a Christmas table topper once and it was very hard to work with (hand quilting). Maybe it would work better for machine quilting rather than hand quilting. I love silk threads for hand applique and never had any problems with tangeling at all. If they were not so expensive, I would exclusively use silk threads for hand applique, because they go into the fabric like "butter".......love it.
Thank you....................and happy quilting!
please don't tell me you are waxing your silk threads.....lol!
that's what throughs me off! I use 100 % cottong threads for hand quilting and I have worked with them waxed and un-waxed and I don't see any difference. Hm.....wonder what the wax is for.
I think the wax was to make the thread stronger. Initially, like 247 years ago (!), when threads weren't as strong, women used bee's wax to strengthen the wax. (I probably have the whole history thing wrong, but it's basically correct.) Anyway, the Quilter's Dream in the little blue box isn't to strengthen the thread but to keep it from tangling.
One other thing that can be done, when hand quilting, is to knot the correct correct end. I don't remember which it is. I hand quilt so seldom that I have to look it up each time. But the way the thread is put on to the spool determines the lay of the fibers. I think you put the knot at the end you just cut and that keeps the fibers going the right direction.
Jutta, I do use thread heaven on my silk threads when I am using it for applique - and it keeps the threads from tangling...
If you look at thread that is marked for hand quilting - it has a stiff layer on it - that is to keep it going through the material without breaking and tangling...my understanding is that that is wax... I could be wrong - I often am but that is why the thread is so much stiffer and you are told not to use it in your sewing machine.
Althea :it has a stiff layer on it - that is to keep it going through the material without breaking and tangling...my understanding is that that is wax...
Mine, too, Thea!
Judy, that is interesting, about making a knot at the right end of the thread. I make my knot at the end of the thread where it's been cut. Maybe, that's the reason I don't need to wax the thread. I have used bees wax (yellow) at a class I took 15 years ago, because the teacher suggested it.
It makes sense what you are saying, that the thread wasn't that good back in those days and the wax made the thread stronger. Seigh.................I got and answer to my weird question. lol.
I just read up on threads again - and most threads that are labeled "hand quilting thread"
Hand Quilting Thread is easy to use for hand quilters because often it is made from 100 percent cotton and comes already glazed to give you a stronger thread.