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Date: 11/16/12 11:36 AM

First off let me begin by saying I am a thread junkie. I love all thread all kinds. Including my embroidery thread I probably have over 500 spools. I blame Joanns for making me a thread junkie when I worked there for a year while going back to school they put me in charge of thread and notions.

But I wondering are you a thread snob? Before I got my Janome in 2004 I basically use the CC for everything. Had used it for years and years as as far as I was concerned other thread didn't exist. The my Janome dealer said Oh no nothing in this baby but Mettler cotton or poly (interestingly enough she sold Mettler) CC is junk thread don't use it. Well since then I have and it hasn't made my machine blow up or anything. Now I do pretty much like Mettler for most everything as if I do make clothing I'm doing 100% cotton. But I'm beginning to think that the old myth about poly cutting cotton was taken a little too seriously. This came to mind when I went searching for good prices for the cadillacs of threads. Nope just can't see getting only 4 spools for $20. Or three even Mettler isn't that expensive. I didn't realize until I went searching that Mettler is indeed 50 weight long staple cotton. So I'm ok. And I would also be ok with CC Cost I would rather sew with CC then not sew at all. I had considered getting some cotton from Connecting threads as they have some nice assortments but read review and seems to be really hit and miss. Still might try it myself though. Sat after black Friday thread is on sale at JA buy one get free.

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Date: 11/16/12 11:49 AM

WOW...we have so many threads on thread already. Well, here goes anyway - no, not a thread snob, like it all, love to pet the colors. With proper tension settings, most machines will use whatever standard sewing weight threads you have.

Heavy threads - not so much unless you have a vintage machine that can handle this in the bobbin, but you can use a heavier thread on top and a lighter thread or standard thread on he bottom anyway.

I love Metrosene the very best, but I have and use C&C in second place and of course who doesn't have Gutermann that they bought in the multi-pack on sale at JAs?! So it's all nice - any cheap no-name is a big NONO though because it will be just that - cheap and it will ravel and break. So not out of a no-name bin at Big Lots please. I now have fallen in total love with all cotton threads - the colors are so pretty. I never use or will use Rayon - not as strong, but people use it and love it and whatever lights your fire is a good mantra.

"Quilting threads" are also good garment threads except of course really heavy or really thin ones. Still, I used a 50 weight C&C cotton in the last garment I made - it was also cotton. I don't hoard fabric at all, but thread?! Please do not ask how much I have...and there is another "small" order on the way as we speak from Superior Threads. I am now on a reducing plan for my weight, but not for my spending. Thread might be better than food sometimes. ;)

EDITED to add that right now Superior Threads is giving the DVD on Threadology away free for the postage or if you order and I already have that. It is great - you will learn a ton of things from it. It's not just a big ad, it really has some good info - more than I can actually learn unless I space it out over time.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:02 PM

You might want to check out Metro Threads for really low prices.
I just got my first order and am pretty impressed with the results I'm getting.
Price is often 60 cents a spool on sale.
It is made in China in case that bothers you.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:11 PM

I'm not a thread snob---I don't have enough thread to be onebut I DO like good quality thread. I am still learning what this actually means though.

I thought 'thicker' means 'better' but I'm not so sure after reading others opinions here and there on PR about thread. I did use CC all the time b/c it was thick, then they went to a thinner thread, and I though I was sad to see a thinner thread, I haven't had any problems.

I use Guitermann most of the time, b/c that was what you were ~suppose~ to use. Someone told me CC was too linty and gets everywhere inside the machine and since I cannot see inside mine, I took their word for it and switched to using Guitermann mainly. Any lint I ever clean out is from the fabric I am using, thus I always figured THAT was what got inside the machine more than the thread I was using, but I don't know for sure.

I too have those Guitermann sets from JAs----and you know, the other day, my navy Guitermann thread that I had bought as a single from JAs ran out, so I grabbed a black one out of the Guitermann thread set to finish out the row----and the black thread IS thinner than the navy one I was using! I was so surprised!! Has anyone else noticed that?

Just yesterday I was ripping out a stitch from a piece of fabric I used to test drive some Berninas---and I was so taken by the bobbin thread the store was using! It was so pretty---thick and you could see the twist of the yarns. Now I have no idea if you are suppose to see that etc but it was nice to see.

I am now realizing that I need to learn what different weights look like and are used for. I know heavier weighted threads are for heavier fabrics, but that's as far as I know things in regards to weight.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:38 PM

Oh I have tons of embroidery. I was thinking more along the lines of quilting thread.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:46 PM

I gave away my old thread (Becuase they matched the pre-wound metal bobbins) when I sold my 30 year old really dead kenmore. They were old C&C thread and had been fine. What few I had left must have been too old or something because I have had issues with them shredding and breaking randomly in my newer machines. It's very random. I am not a thread snob per say... but I did make a spreadsheet to actually calculate how much thread actually costs (not just the price per spool, but how much the real cost per yard of thread) and found that really C&C is not always that cheap. Yes, per spool it's cheap but those are very small. spools.

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Date: 11/16/12 1:07 PM

I just looks on the Threadart site. I know they have mixed reviews for embroidery thread. I brought a set before getting Maderia and I might have trouble with a certain spool but all and all it's ok. Well they have cotton 50/3 long staple for $2 for 1200 yds. Junk? or a deal?

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Date: 11/16/12 1:13 PM

(Waving hello from a fellow thread junkie...)

I wouldn't say I'm a thread snob, but price is not a driver for me. If I love a thread for a certain project I will use it. Not that I won't shop around for the best deal on it, though.

DH and I are DINKs (double-income, no kids) so I have more money than time. I will not invest my time experimenting with a thread I am unfamiliar with unless there's something driving me to do it. This means I make a lot of thread choices based on what is familiar. Which in turn means I have a lot of Superior thread just because I know it will work for me.

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Date: 11/16/12 2:01 PM

Not sure what the definition of a thread snob is exactly....

When I was garment/costume making I never gave thread any kind of consideration beyond color and quantity.

Quilting is a different matter though. I have TONS of old spools of CC and the big serger cones. For piecing it doesn't matter much to me, but for FMQ my machine doesn't like it.

I do have personal preferences, and my all time favorite thread for quilting is silk. I LOVE the way it behaves, looks, and performs.

I do NOT like thick thread for quilting. I don't like seeing the thread when I look at my quilts.

I haven't found a brand or type of thread besides YLI silk #100 that I can honestly say "Oh wow I LIKE this thread!"

edit: speaking of thread. I just saw Aurifil wool thread! Wool is such a LOVELY material to work with. I don't want to hijack this thread, but does anyone have any washing tips for a wool quilt??
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Date: 11/16/12 2:33 PM

I was kinda of being funny about the thread snob thing don't want to offend anyone.

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