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Date: 1/27/14 2:29 PM

I'm posting here as I'm thinking quilters typically stick to cotton thread, but maybe I'll post in notions too.
I'm not a "real" quilter, I do clothing mostly with an occasional quilt so I defer to the best color match. Metrosene is my favorite but I like silk finish cotton, it just seems a little heavier and when the spools get near end I've had to toss some as it's so curly it kinks or breaks, so if Metrosene is available in same color I go there.

This week at Road to California quilt show we were using Mettler silk finish in some classes in the machines supplied. WOW. WOOOOOOW was that stuff linty and fuzzy. I mean more than Guterman. You could see thread dust all over the presser feet, one lady kept cleaning her bobbin case, and if you pulled thread down to needle to rethread or they pulled out the spool you could see fuzzies fly off the thread strand. I looked at the spool and saw it said Made In Spain. I hadn't checked in years, I presumed it was German. I don't recall ever seeing this.
Anyone else notice this? Is it since a manufacturing change? Think it was just that color (neutral grey). Maybe a bad batch? When I saw fuzzballs literally fly off the thread pulling it down to the needle threader after dusting off the presser foot over and over I decided I am sticking to Metrosene, Guterman, I (gasp!) even use Coats (but there are different qualities) sometimes for good matching.
What's up???!!

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Date: 1/27/14 3:36 PM

I brought some about 8 years or so ago and loved it. I'm thinking a bad batch or maybe old.

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Date: 1/27/14 4:34 PM

This is funny...I just got a new sewing machine and in the box were 3 sample spools of thread...2 spools of Mettler Metrosene and 1 of Mettler Silk Finish in multi.
I put the multi Silk Finish in the machine and proceeded to stitch samples of all the different stitches that came on my machine. LOL The thread is so nice. I did not see any debris coming from that thread...and I definitely would have noticed because the machine was brand new and squeaky clean. So I'm thinking it might have been a bad batch, or old.

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Date: 1/27/14 4:35 PM

Oh, I see that's exactly what quiltingwolf said! LOL

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Date: 1/27/14 4:42 PM

What I bought 8 years ago or even a couple years ago was fine too. Where was your 8 year old spool or those that came with machine made? It could have been a bad lot but I have never noticed the Made in Spain (made me think of the very notable difference in Guterman a while back, late 90s I think, when they had a factory issue, fire or something? and were having thread made in Mexico. Significant difference). There is no way you couldn't have noticed the thread dust or fuzzies in this. And it was more than one machine, I'd go to a friend's and same thing. We have the same brand machines at home so I figured that probably wasn't it.

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Date: 1/27/14 4:43 PM

I use Mettler Silk Finish Cotton 50 wt. for all my piecing and I've never noticed it being "linty."

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Date: 1/28/14 8:42 AM

Before your Aurifils and Maderia Cotona and a few others, Mettler silk finish was THE thread for quilters. It's always been high quality thread.

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Date: 1/28/14 11:32 AM

I love Mettler silk finish thread... I only have a few spools but I've never noticed the lintiness you describe... So makes me wonder if you have an odd spool or there's a tiny burr somewhere along the thread path. Have you changed the needle to rule that out as a suspect? Have you tested other spools? Clearly there is enough testimonial here to support the high quality of Mettler thread. Please report back!

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Date: 1/28/14 11:38 AM

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Date: 1/28/14 9:56 PM

It seems to be as linty as any of the others I have used, gutterman, connecting threads, aurifil. Sometimes I think its the machines as well because some people complain of threads being really linty when I haven't been able to notice a significant difference when using it in my machines. The only thread I have seen crazy lint on that I used was YLI that I used this past weekend, I had never seen so much lint before. I like mettler a lot, really like the finish, don't have a good source for it here so would have to drive far or buy online. I still haven't used superior yet, just used aurifil for the first time and really prefer gutterman which was a shock to me since so many rave on aurifil, but I still want to try bottom line to see if I prefer it to gutterman, as of right now gutterman is my fave for piecing, but I like mettler for applique and topstitching as I like the finish of it. There was an article where someone showed the threads under a microscope, and gutterman, aurifil, and superior looked the smoothest of all the brands they showed.

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