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Date: 7/7/13 8:52 PM

I'm in the process of making 8 baby quilts right now. I'm on number 5 and I'm getting a bit nervous that it's not the best idea to use 40 wgt Sulky threads for the fmq work, which is what I used on the first 4 quilts.

Will the 40 wgt Sulky thread hold up well with the more frequent washing that a baby quilt gets?

Would it be a better idea to use cotton, poly, or cotton/poly blend threads for the fmq?

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Date: 7/7/13 9:24 PM

is it quilting thread? If it is yes it will stand up.

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Date: 7/8/13 5:31 AM

Cotton is the most prone to fading and breaking.

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Date: 7/8/13 2:34 PM

I made my daughters quilt in 2010 of all cotton, including threads. I didn't do FMQ at that time, just SITD and straight lines. Despite machine washing and drying at least once a month for the last several years, it still looks like new. I love that quilt. Now that she's older she wants me to make her another one with more flowers and stuff. She even picked out some fabrics. We'll see how that goes, how long it takes me.

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Date: 7/8/13 9:17 PM

Hi A -

I appreciate your description, it fits with what I've been thinking, I think cotton is the way to go to complete the remainder of the baby quilts.

Thanks for your feedback.

Kippy

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Date: 7/9/13 5:42 AM

Use what makes you happy - or better what makes your Machines sew happy!!!

2 of mine do NOT like the 100% cotton but love that cheap serger thread (go figure)!

I'm betting your quilts will outlast any $40 baby quilt bought at WallyWorld!!!!

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Date: 7/9/13 7:13 AM

Rayon can fade after a lot of washings. Embroidery thread is ok, to use but poly would be better. I use rayon a lot on my appliqued wall hangings as I have the widest range of colors. But wouldn't use it on something that is going to be wash frequently.

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Date: 7/9/13 10:15 AM

That's it, I've switched to cotton for the baby quilts. My machine will take any thread, it's not fussy. Whew.

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Date: 7/9/13 1:27 PM

Rayon is the weakest thread, generally.

Then cotton.

For strength you'll probably want polyester, like Metrosene.

But if your quilt is 100% cotton and the piecing thread is cotton and the batting is cotton, I'd stick with cotton thread.

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Thirty plus years ago I pieced a poly/cotton blend quilt for my soon-to-be-born daughter. It was almost impossible to find current 100% cotton quilting-weight fabrics in the 70s.

My aunts hand quilted it with cotton quilting threads.

After 18 years all the cotton thread had broken and disappeared. All that was left was the poly/cotton fabric and the poly batting. Of course this was a heavily used quilt; I found out later it even went to college and med school with her, folded up and hidden with her pillow in the pillowcase.
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Date: 7/9/13 2:00 PM

Older quilts may have been subjected to bleach, harsh detergent and sunlight.

Poly thread has some give and cotton does not, which is what you want for precise piecing.

If the quilt is not going to a juried show, use what is the strongest and will hold up to the daily use and frequent washings.

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