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Has anybody used this thread & had problems??
DonnaC
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Date: 8/1/10 2:40 PM

I have a nice, new sewing machine (Singer Quantum L-500) and when I purchased it, I wanted to get some "better" thread to use. I bought a ton of the Essential 100% Egyptian Cotton thread from Connecting Threads. My poor machine will NOT sew with this thread!! It's been driving me crazy. I cannot seem to use it as top thread. It seems to work okay in the bobbin, though.

Has anyone used this thread before, and had problems? Did you find a solution? What happens is the thread just forms "bird nests" at intervals along the bottom of the fabric. I'm not sure if it's how the thread is wound on the spool, or what. I tried winding some of the thread onto a bobbin and then put the bobbin on the thread holder and used that as top thread, but there was no difference - still bird nests underneath.

This is really strange! If anybody can help or has any experience with this thread, please let me know. Thanks!

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Date: 8/1/10 6:37 PM

Did you use this thread on a previous brand/model sewing machine? I would be leery of $1.99 for 1,200 yards of thread. Connecting Threads usually sells good stuff, but . . . I don't cut corners when buying thread.

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Date: 8/1/10 7:09 PM

I've never had any problems with Essential, and I use a lot of it. Is your machine working fine with an alternative brand?

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Date: 8/1/10 7:18 PM

I also bought a number of spools of this thread. I use it mainly for piecing. I haven't had any serious problems with it, although I probably won't buy it again. It creates quite a bit of lint and I have found the occasional knot.

I have noticed that some sewing machines just don't like some kinds of thread. None of mine object to the Essential Thread, but maybe your Singer does. I know this sounds silly, and I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't experienced it. The Bernina might throw a fit with a certain spool while the Janome will sew right along, or vice versa. In fact, sometimes a different color in the same line of thread sews differently.

Of course, if your Singer is new, it might be acting up and need an adjustment. Does it sew well with other thread?

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Date: 8/2/10 9:50 AM

I've been using this thread and really like it! When I first used it I had problems(mine)--I put it on the horizontal spool holder. Because the spool is larger, its' weight wouldn't allow it to feed freely. Once I figured that out, all is fine, no problems.

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Date: 8/2/10 1:20 PM

You bring up a good point about the position of the thread spool. This type thread is cross-wound and needs to come off the end, so either a horizontal spool or a separate cone thread stand might be the solution.

Bird-nesting often has to do with tension issues. Is the sewing machine being threaded while the presser foot is up?

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Date: 8/3/10 3:31 PM

Thanks for the responses. Let me try and answer some of these questions.

Nope, I have not used this thread on a previous machine. I was having a lot of problems with this new machine at first - in fact, I had to send it back to Singer for warranty service after about a month of using it. In the meantime, I thought maybe some of its tension problems were caused by using cheap threads (a/k/a Coats & Clark or Guterman). I had heard that newer machines don't like the cheap threads. So that's why I purchased from Connecting Threads. I simply can't afford the Aurifil or other premium brands.

Now that the machine has been returned to me by Singer, it seems to work fine with the Guterman, Coats & Clark, or whatever else I've tried from my thread stash. Plus, it works okay with SOME of the colors of the Essentials thread! It seems to especially hate ALL of the 5-6 shades of green that I bought! Really odd. Like I said, the Essentials is working fine from the bobbins, just not from the top thread.

My machine only has two vertical spool holders. I haven't tried rigging up a horizontal spool, but that's worth a try, I guess.

Also, I am threading with the presser foot up... it's pretty clear in the manual that is important, so I've been diligent about it. This machine has a two-position lifter so I'm finding that I need to be careful it's all the way up!

Thanks for the help, everyone. I'll try a couple of other things and then post again - just in case anyone else with this machine has the same problems.

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Date: 8/3/10 4:06 PM

Possibly a Thread Stand will be useful.

This article is right on about plastic thread stands that look like this: useless, they tip over very easily. I have a metal stand (cast iron? I dunno. but it's heavy) and it's very useful for feeding thread from large spools or cones. If you shop for this online, and it says "plastic base", pass it up.

Clotilde thread stand
John Flynn thread stand
Superior Threads thread stand
Superior Threads thread stand at Create for Less (better price)

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Date: 8/3/10 7:21 PM

Okay, now I'm confused!! I thought someone was telling me to try a horizontal thread feed - the stand is a vertical feed, which is the same as my machine. Maybe I'm just not understanding why it would be different feeding from the stand than from a vertical spool pin?

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Date: 8/3/10 7:55 PM

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Okay, now I'm confused!! I thought someone was telling me to try a horizontal thread feed - the stand is a vertical feed, which is the same as my machine. Maybe I'm just not understanding why it would be different feeding from the stand than from a vertical spool pin?

With the cone thread stand, the thread will feed upward, through the hook thingy (really technical term there) and then over to the machine. This is the same direction it will feed if your machine had a horizontal spool holder. Cross-wound thread usually does better that way. Hope this helps.

FWIW, I may be a thread snob, but I don't consider C&C nor GŁtermann to be 'cheap' thread. I haven't had any problems with either of those brands on my machines, and will continue to use them if either provides a perfect color match when Mettler and Aurifil don't.

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