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Date: 1/12/13 8:12 PM

I was at Joann's and see the Coats and Clark machine quilting cotton thread on nice, big spools. Has anyone used this thread before? What kind and which brand of thread do you use for machine quilting?


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Date: 1/12/13 8:23 PM

If it's the 100% cotton stuff, that's all I buy these days, for regular sewing as well as quilting (I'm kind of a natural fabrics fanatic). I do buy hand-quilting thread for the quilts I do by hand, and that's Coats & Clark also, and also 100% cotton. I've tried many other threads over the years and I still like the C&C 100% cotton. Don't like their Dual Duty threads anymore, though. I might use them in garment sewing if I really needed the thread to match the fabric. Most of the time these days, white, black, navy and grey manage just fine. At least 90% of the time.
Oh, and it does come in some other colors. I machine-quilted a chocolate and emerald Ohio star quilt with the dark brown. It came out very well. But I find it hard to quilt with dark colors since most of my sewing time is at night.
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Date: 1/12/13 8:34 PM

You will read many criticisms of C&C. Of course, every thread has its detractors.

C&C is a bit lintier than some other threads, but in my opinion is a very good value and I have some and would not hesitate to use it.

For hand quilting, as I think the poster above me said, C&C is very good. It is highly waxed or something and it glides in and out of the quilt sandwich. I have used it many times and with good results.

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Date: 1/12/13 9:24 PM

The Machine quilting cotton is not coated, and it is a nice thread - especially the stuff on the spools in the display - just make sure you don't buy hand quilting thread unless you are hand quilting because it will be coated and that coating can gum up machine tension disks (discs?). I like C&C cotton thread and if your machine likes them - it's a go. I find it is not as linty as Gutermann and far less expensive. I used the huge variegated fat spool on my first ever quilt for free motion, and my machine used it top and bottom without a problem. I haven't tried it yet on my new machine that I did buy for free motion quilting, but I intend to try that next.

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Date: 1/12/13 9:31 PM

Mufffet, thank you for making my garbled prose clear as I would hate to mislead someone.

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Date: 1/13/13 1:30 AM

I had to loosen my bobbin tension to get decent looking stitches with a reasonable top tension. The thread is relatively heavy, and I was a bit disapointed by how much white is in the blue varigated thread. However, once I got the tension it did its job. If you use a coupon you can get a nice price at JoAnn's and I didn't have many issues with thread breakage. My spool was pretty linty. Get a 40% off coupon from JoAnn and try a spool. If you like it and it works well for you, you like the look its a good price on thread.

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Date: 1/14/13 10:24 AM

I have used the large spool cotton for making an all cotton jacket, spent the whole 3 day class using it with no problems, and the lightweight jacket has held up. I have used the cotton thread in the smaller spools (yellow label) for piecing, machine quilting (not free motion), and garment sewing with no problems. Now, I do sew slower than most folks. But, I have not had any problems with this thread. I did have one large spool of cotton thread curl a lot when I would pull my fabric out after sewing a seam. I intend to use my stash of Coats & Clark thread even though I sometimes feel like I need to justify using it when I am sewing at a sewing shop. I always say I am just using up my stash. I want to try out the fine thread sometime for piecing.

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Date: 2/13/13 12:27 PM

I just bought a spool and am trying to use it for free motion "C''s, it is shredding like crazy for me as soon as I started my actual quilt. Have done a bit of free motion stippling with other coats and clark thread without issues. I dont know if it is my tecnique , needle bobbin tension or the tread

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Date: 2/13/13 12:52 PM

Try a different needle????

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Date: 2/13/13 1:43 PM

It is a thicker thread and needs a looser tension on the bottom in my experience, and I love the stuff BTW.

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