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Subject: Aurifil vs. Connecting Threads Essentials Thread Date: 9/19/10 10:43 PM

Does anyone have experience with both of these threads? I have a couple spools of Aurifil and I love it but it's expensive. I was in Hancock fabrics today and there was a group of people talking about the connecting threads thread and how great it is. I also have read a little on here from people and it seems mixed reviews, some saying you get what you pay for. The price is very good on it and was wondering how it compared to Aurifil. How linty is Essentials? Before using Aurifil, I was using Gutterman and Mettler. Both are very linty and was on the heavier side of 50 weight, but ran fine in my machines. How does the heaviness of Essentials compare to Aurifil? I know that Aurifil is 2 ply and Essentials is 3 ply. When I used Mettler, it seemed heavier and didn't like it for piecing. Thanks for any input!
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Date: 9/21/10 3:35 PM

If you used the Mettler 50/3 "silk finish" cotton, it IS heavier because it's a 3-ply thread. IMO it looks like rope, compared to the Aurifil. I haven't used Essentials so cannot help you there. I'm an Aurifil girl.

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Date: 9/21/10 4:11 PM

I've used both. I like Auriful better for piecing, but it's expensive. Essential threads are ok and for the price it does the job. It has nice sheen. It's definitely thicker thread and I like to use it for blanket stitches and quilting, too. It's linty, but I never had a problem with it. The best part is that I can buy many colors for various projects and it doesn't cost a fortune.

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Date: 9/21/10 5:09 PM

I agree with AN. I have used several brands. My fav for piecing is Masterpiece by Superior Threads, It is a fine 50wt like Aurifil but not as expensive. I might use a different thread to add borders to my quilts because the seam allowance in most cases does need to be sooooo precise. I might also use a less expensive thread if my block design is simple like a nine patch, or a string quilt. If I am piecing half square triangles or other angled blocks then I use Masterpiece.

Generally though, whatever brand I start with I finish with.
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