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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 20:09 #106271

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Keith, I'm looking for the "like" button!!! :D


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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 20:03 #106270

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I have to admit to being a Mettler man... I love their 60/2 and 50/3 threads. Almost nothing other than Mettler 60/2 goes in my bobbin when I'm quilting. And I love them on top too. You know, there's all this hoopla about lint-free thread, but I love the way a slightly fluffy thread looks when quilted. And I'm willing to clean my machine periodically for that look.

I love Clover's 50 weight silk for that reason too, it looks more cuddly - 100 weight silks sometimes look so cold and severe and austere to me...

Aurifil's 50/2 is a great thread too for so many things.

And Presencia makes some really cool colors - crisp and true and bright...

YLI and Sew Art International make my favorite monofilament thread.

But if I had to choose one manufacturer for all my needs - it would be Superior. Their matte finish monofilament is great, I love piecing and quilting with Masterpiece (although I liked it better with it was 2 ply), quilting with King Tut is fun and so many pretty variegated colors... Rainbows are very exciting polyesters. And I didn't mention it before, but Superior's Metallics are my favorite metallic- Glitter too. But Sulky's Sliver is also fun.
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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 16:53 #106265

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I ditto much of what has been said above but have used Mettler Silk Finish which is actually 100 % cotton and is a great thread for sewing garments, paper piecing as well as quilt piecing.

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 16:17 #106264

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Sound pretty good to me :lol:

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 16:08 #106260

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PosyP wrote:
Hey Renata - you are starting to sound like an expert :wink: 8)

(or an engineer :lol: )
:lol: :lol: :lol:
... or a submariner... details, details, details! :D

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 15:56 #106258

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Hey Renata - you are starting to sound like an expert :wink: 8)

(or an engineer :lol: )


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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 15:08 #106251

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twiglet wrote:
Interesting. I thought King tut was a fabulous thread but its been leaving a waxy residue on the machine this week. Most odd. Any thoughts :?

Wendy, that does sound odd.

I am sure that if you contacted Superior Threads on their website through the "contact us" feature, they would make this right for you and they would want to know if there were a potential problem with one of their threads.

Here a few questions you might want to ask yourself that would be helpful to Superior Threads in figuring out what is going on with your King Tut thread, if you contacted them:

(1) Did you oil your machine just before using the King Tut thread?
(2) Are you getting a waxy residue when just using a specific reel of King Tut?
(3) Does the reel in question look or feel any differently from other reels of King Tut you own (i.e., does it appear there is a "waxy" substance on the thread before you thread your machine)?
(4) Do you still get a waxy residue on your machine after you change out your King Tut reel to, let's say Aurifil or some other thread?

I'm at a loss for answers because I don't know Superior Threads' production process, but I am very interested in what you find out, if you choose to pursue this.

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 14:13 #106250

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Interesting. I thought King tut was a fabulous thread but its been leaving a waxy residue on the machine this week. Most odd. Any thoughts :?

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 09:59 #106236

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I have rediscovered Mettler 60 wt. cotton. Fabulous thread!! Also use a lot of Aurifil. Will NOT put Madeira in my beautiful new Bernina. So much lint it'll make you sneeze!!
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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 06:32 #106221

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Patchworkjill wrote:
I love superior Thread but have not used the one called "Glitter" my question is has anyone used this thread to machine applique using a blanket stitch, it is to be used around medium to large diamond shapes......... any advice would be appreciated please.

Glitter is one of the most difficult threads to get to sew perfect. I would not consider it a good thread to use with a blanket stitch, but I might be wrong. I love how it looks and all the time trying to incorporate it. If you use it remember to make the thread path so direct from the spool as you can so it doesn't twist up. Loose the tension (my machine prefers 0.25-0.50 for this thread) and I think it's best to use a fine read: smooth) thread like Bottom Line in the bobbin.

One of the Mug Ruggers will get a card from me, where I used Sliver and Glitter to decorate it. I'm not going to write some of the words I spoke because one of the colors kept breaking. Though I could write them. Very few of you would understand them anyway :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 05:32 #106219

I think Aurifil threads are fantastic for piecing or quilting. Superior Rainbows are beautiful for quilting too. I also love Hemmingworth threads for quilting - beautiful colours and sheen to the thread. I have also recently been using Wonderfil embroidery thread for applique and it is lovely too.
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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 05 Jul 2013 00:11 #106210

I love superior Thread but have not used the one called "Glitter" my question is has anyone used this thread to machine applique using a blanket stitch, it is to be used around medium to large diamond shapes......... any advice would be appreciated please.


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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 29 Aug 2010 09:28 #49460

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I wou;d gp with Superior threads every time for piecing and machine quilting. For hand embellishment, I would go with Oliver Twist hand dyed fabric. I wa seduced by them at Festival of Qilts at Birmingham last weekend. I want to just keep looking at them and admiring them, the way I want to look at and feel my silk fabrics. :-)


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Re: Threads - which do you prefer? 25 Aug 2010 11:35 #49394

King Tut for quilting, nearly every time! I use Masterpiece for piecing and I also use the Robison Anton Superstitch (100% cotton) for quilting on the rare occasions I don't use KT.

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