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Kathy posted on Sat, Oct 29 2011 10:59 PM

Hi Everyone,

I have a question for anyone with an opinion. Should cover everybody. I have been reading about buying the best that you can afford in fabric, machines, and...........thread. So...which brand of thread is the best. From what I understand, egyptian cotton thread is the best kind of thread due to the long staples and that it will hold up better. But I am scratching my head when I go to the different stores and look at all the quilting sites and try to figure out which brand to buy. Any thought on this folks?

 

Thanks,

Kathy


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Jo - thank you so much for the mini education.  I always use the thread caps that came with my Janome.  The thread feeds so much better on my Janome than on my little Babylock that has the short spool holder and no thread cap. 

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Kathy replied on Tue, Nov 1 2011 7:07 AM

Thanks Todd, I will check out the videos. And Jo thanks for the great information. I have used the thread caps on my machine. I figured if they were there, there must be a reason. I did discover when quilting the baby quilt, when I switched threads, it quit giving me problems.

 

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Hi All, For those of you with a Babylock Jewel, mime HATES Mettler swilk finish.  Thread continually breaks, regardless of sprred. "Jules loves Gutterman, Aurafil and So Fine.

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Oh sorry I forgot Jules also love King Tut

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I have used Sulky, Robison-Anton, YLI, and Aurifil.  The RA thread drove me nuts with the spools - like little mini-king spools - I could never get it to come off smoothly.  I LOVE the Aurifil.  I just started using it a couple of months ago, recommended by the LQS (who just started carrying it a while ago).  It seems expensive but that's because there is a lot more on the spool than the other brands too.  It comes off the spool really nice and smooth.  I plan to continue buying it.

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I agree I love cotton thread and aurifil is the best.  I had a LQS tell me that you got the most bang for you buck because it has more thread on the spool.  Quilt Daddy I will check out your site, thanks

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Quilt Daddy, wow that connecting thread is really a lot less expensive.  What kind of longarm do you have?

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Nana replied on Thu, Nov 17 2011 5:54 PM

Elizabeth

I could never use the essential thread on my midarm.   But I use it alot for piecing.   I also use it for quilting on my DSM.  It broke constantly on my midarm.  I do know of others that have really good luck with it on their longarms so I would at least give it a try.

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I agree Nana, I couldn't useEssentials thread either, it was very linty and broke constantly!  Connecting threads has recently come out with a line exclusively for longarmers and I decided not to try that one. I had wasted enough cash already. LOL!

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I'd like to add my $.02 to this thread question. I have been sewing fashions with C&C for 50 years, but I found it not good for piecing when I learned to piece I couldn't get a scat 1/4" seam The polyester thread is too thick for fine piecing.
I use Aerofil by Madeira for all my piecing now it is perfect and made for quilting. It comes on small spools and yes I do use a thread cap, as my Janome requires it. I use a blue tip Janome 75/11 needle, very sharp, & this helps to keep down any lint build up on my pieces. I do have to clean behind it though. I purchase these threads in 6 packs 3 each black and white. It comes in all the range of colors though if you must have matching. If your piecing is good you never see the threads anyway. Nancy's notions sells it if you are interested in trying this one. I have a great sewing wall of threads for my 4 different machines and my Janome is an embroidery machine, so I also have 5 drawers and three bins full of 35 and 40 wt. embroidery threads. Each project requires my thread stash to be in full color.. LOL
enjoy the journey into threads and needles.
PS My husband thinks all this "stuff" is just that "stuff" until I show him a newly finished project, then he says wow you made that? Then I go buy fabric and more thread.. Love it!!!  PPS married to him for 43 years

 

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Caryl Anne - which Janome embroidery machine do you have??

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Judylee, thanks, since we have the same machine that really helps.

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Caryl Anne - which Janome embroidery machine do you have??

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Caryl Anne:

I'd like to add my $.02 to this thread question. I have been sewing fashions with C&C for 50 years, but I found it not good for piecing when I learned to piece I couldn't get a scat 1/4" seam The polyester thread is too thick for fine piecing.
I use Aerofil by Madeira for all my piecing now it is perfect and made for quilting. It comes on small spools and yes I do use a thread cap, as my Janome requires it. I use a blue tip Janome 75/11 needle, very sharp, & this helps to keep down any lint build up on my pieces. I do have to clean behind it though. I purchase these threads in 6 packs 3 each black and white. It comes in all the range of colors though if you must have matching. If your piecing is good you never see the threads anyway. Nancy's notions sells it if you are interested in trying this one. I have a great sewing wall of threads for my 4 different machines and my Janome is an embroidery machine, so I also have 5 drawers and three bins full of 35 and 40 wt. embroidery threads. Each project requires my thread stash to be in full color.. LOL
enjoy the journey into threads and needles.
PS My husband thinks all this "stuff" is just that "stuff" until I show him a newly finished project, then he says wow you made that? Then I go buy fabric and more thread.. Love it!!!  PPS married to him for 43 years

 

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link to what i use for piecing http://www.nancysnotions.com/product/white+8011+madeira+aerofil+all+purpose+thread%2C+110+yd..do?sortby=ourPicks

  • Designed to run without problems, this thread has optimum sewing properties such as elasticity, strength, and glides through fabrics knot-free by hand or machine
  • All-purpose sewing and quilting thread
  • 2 ply, 100% polyester
  • Available in three sizes: 110 yd./spool; 440 yd./spool; 1,100 yd./spool

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