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Date: 1/31/14 4:03 PM

My mom left me several cones of thread with a glace finish. Some are marked Hy-Mark Glace Cotton Thread from the Paramount Thread Company of New York. The thread feels like it is coated. From what I have found online, this type of thread is used for buttons and sewing heavy duty items like leather. My question is, can this thread be used in a home sewing machine? I have my mom's 1960's era singer Style-o-matic, my singer Confidence and a Janome serger. I hesitate to try using it since none of these machines are industrial strength. Any suggestions?

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Date: 2/1/14 10:18 AM

The only context I've seen this thread referenced in is as a basting thread because it's heavy. Sandra Betzina uses it for that, which is where I heard about it. I don't think you'd want to use it in a sewing machine because it does have a waxy finish I believe, but I'm not certain.

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Date: 2/1/14 10:23 AM

No, do not use it on a sewing machine. The glacÚ finish will gunk up the tension discs.
That is what my sewing machine dealer told me about the Coats & Clark hand quilting thread that was used twenty years ago. I won't risk messing up my machines.

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Date: 2/25/14 9:12 AM

Thank you so much for the info!!!!!

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Date: 2/26/14 8:37 PM

Give your thread a good yank. If it breaks don't use it. Thread this old can have dry rot set in and really is not good for sewing. I have heard of people soaking spools of thread under water but that's all I know.

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