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julsmalham
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Date: 8/26/13 8:05 AM

I have recently purchased a machine with lots of lovely decorative stitches. My old machine did not have any so I have no experience with them. My question is "what thread do you use for them"? I have tried lots of them out using Gutterman all purpose thread but I think that using some embroidery thread might be a good idea. As I have no knowledge of these threads I thought I would ask embroidery machine owners for their advise. Also what thread do you put on your bobbin with an embroidery thread. I have bought a small reel of metallic variegated thread to experiment with but did not know what to fill my bobbin with. Can any one give me some advise or point me in the right direction.

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Date: 8/26/13 10:59 AM

Is your machine a sewing machine or a sewing/embroidery machine? If only a sewing machine, match the color of the bobbin to the fabric. I've used the same kind of thread in the bobbin as my top thread for my sewing only machine with decorative stitches. Polyester, cotton, or rayon all work. If you use embroidery thread in the top, you don't need to use the same embroidery thread in your bobbin because it's more expensive. If you want to learn how to make the most use of your decorative stitches, I highly recommend taking the Stupendous Stitching class taught by Carol Ann Waugh on craftsy.com. She also goes over thread choices in her class.

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Date: 8/26/13 11:21 AM

You can use the same ME thread in the bobbin, except for the metallic thread. Use it for the top only.

Practice a bit using a tearaway stabilizer under the fabric.

Click Here for several free videos that should help you with your decorative stitching.


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Date: 8/26/13 11:36 AM

Welcome to the world of THRAD (THRead Acquisition Disease) Please refer to our THRAD thread over on the Quilters' Corner board for lots of good enabling advice on hoarding collecting specialty threads...

I love shiny threads for decorative stitching, but it depends on whether you want it to "pop" or be more blended. Check out any thread you have available to you intended for machine embroidery - these are usually 40 wt poly or rayon. Trilobal polys (ex. Floriani and several of the Superior lines) will be even shinier. I also love cotton embroidery thread for an "heirloom" look (Mettler 60 wt embroidery cotton is my favorite).

You can either choose a matching bobbin thread or something lighter weight. If you choose a lighter weight bobbin thread than your needle thread you may have to lower with the needle tension. If it still doesn't work you may need to tighten the bobbin tension (some of us have a special bobbin case for this purpose so we don't have to muck up the regular bobbin tension)

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Date: 8/26/13 2:34 PM

Decorative stitches on your machine are just GORGEOUS when used with a 30wt thread. Some of the less dense designs are over the top with a 12wt thread! Like the blanket or feather stitch... just fabulous with the chunky 12wt threads.

When using these stitches for decorative purpose, I prefer to use a thin thread in the bobbin, such as So Fine (poly) which is a 60wt.

I prefer to thread my bobbin for embroidery, if you have the ability to do so, for this type of work. The bobbin case may have a finger or "tail" to thread. This pulls more of the top thread to the bottom, making a really nice stitch on top.

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Date: 8/26/13 6:12 PM

There are lots of options but I would start simple since your experimenting. I'd leave the bobbin thread same as you normally use so that the whole bobbin work bobbin tension thing is put aside for the moment. Because if you get sidetracked by bobbin tension issues the fun factor takes a nose dive.

I'd play with it from there. The heavier the thread the more fuzz, the floss and specialty thread more shredding. I second getting a second bobbin case and a selection of needles so you can quickly see what works best

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Date: 8/26/13 7:40 PM

Thanks for all the replies, it has given me food for thought. There seems to be more things to consider than just the thread itself, I hadn't thought about the tension issue with different weight threads. My machine is a sewing machine only, the Pfaff Performance 5 and the decorative stitches are lovely. I just wanted to experiment to see what kind of effects I could get with different types of thread. So far I have only bought a reel of variegated metallic thread which seems quite a lot finer that the polyester thread I would normally use for garment making. I wasn't sure if I could use it on my bobbin or whether I should get a speciality thread or just use regular polyester thread. I have not really looked at different types of threads before now, as I didn't have the capability to use them on my old machine. I am going to a Quilt Show at the end of the week and might have the opportunity to purchase something a little different, so I am trying to get information and be prepared. I will have a look at the "threads"that have been suggested.

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Date: 8/27/13 6:57 AM

I like Bottom Line for Bobbin Thread, usually available at stores that carry embroidery supplies. Also good are MagnaGlide prewound bobbins by Fil-Tec available online. Mettler is another brand of bobbin thread for embroidery. I have used all of these at one time or another with good success. Some machines like one thread better than another, so it may require some testing to see what is best in your machine. I've used Viking and Brother machines. Have fun!

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Date: 8/28/13 2:15 PM

If you have trouble with the metallic thread, sometimes winding it on a bobbin and use a prewound bobbin thread on top.

Sew your project upside down and that sometimes makes the metallic thread behave.

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Date: 8/28/13 3:42 PM

Ooooh bobbin-work is one of my newest loves! Since bobbin-work can be used for thread too thick or misbehaving to go through the needle, it's an excuse to collect even more fun thread Superior Razzle Dazzle is great for bobbin-work.

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