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Date: 4/21/09 12:45 PM

So I recently discovered that the Maxi-Lock thread I bought for my serger melts when my iron is cotton-hot. This wasn't a big deal when I was serging a poly-knit dress, but I'm currently in the process of making my first pair of jeans. I've found that as long as the thread doesn't directly touch the iron (by using a press cloth) the thread doesn't melt. So, ok, annoying but not impossible.

Unfortunately, in the process of pressing my aforementioned jeans, I found that the thread I bought for topstitching (C&C Heavy Duty something) also melts under high heat! So, of course I am now going to have to redo some of the back pocket topstitching.

Previously, the only thread I ever used was the standard C&C stuff, and that never melted on me. It makes me not want to buy any different kind of thread if I don't know if it is going to melt or not!

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Date: 4/21/09 1:35 PM

That silly MaxiLock thread, it does melt! I use it all the time in my serger anyway but am careful with the iron. I had the same dilemma a while ago and got some good tips in this thread.

You can probably use a lower heat and get good pressing results by using a bit more steam and perhaps a clapper type instrument. That would be anything that you can press the just heated and steamed area with in this case, otherwise it is an unfinished hardwood piece. I find that a bit of steam injected into the fabric with my gravity feed iron is often enough to make the fabric submit to shaping. That and a little pressure can take the place of extra heat. You don't want to polish your denim to linen table cloth flatness and crispness after all.

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Date: 4/21/09 1:58 PM

I have never heard of thread melting, except the ones that are suppose to in 30 years of sewing. I used Maxi serger thread in the past and never had a melting problem. Are they making it differently now days.

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Date: 4/21/09 2:00 PM

One thing you mentioned making jeans. Are you using regular cotton denim, if so you should really be using cotton thread. Should match thread content with fabric content.

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Date: 4/21/09 8:00 PM

Use cotton thread for your jeans; I do all the time.

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Date: 4/21/09 11:10 PM

Definitely use cotton thread for your jeans.

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Date: 4/22/09 1:12 AM

Quote: Sewliz
That silly MaxiLock thread, it does melt! I use it all the time in my serger anyway but am careful with the iron. I had the same dilemma a while ago and got some good tips in this thread.

Well that was certainly an interesting thread; thanks for posting it. I've had it melt too so I am more careful now. Another problem I have with Maxi-Lock is all the darn slubs! Ugh! But I have a lot of it and have to use it up. I need to find a better, unmeltable serger thread, maybe cotton.

Someone mentioned using a cotton organdy press cloth. SIlk organza is very see-thru and also takes considerable heat in my experience. But not poly organza, needless to say.

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Date: 4/22/09 9:56 AM

Quote: Natalie D.
SIlk organza is very see-thru and also takes considerable heat in my experience.

I love my silk organza press cloths!!! I never thought to use it until I saw it in a sewing class. I got some of the $10/yd stuff from the Sewing Place ... oh I see the price has gone up to $12/yd ....
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Date: 4/22/09 10:39 AM

I was using the chain stitch on my serger and Maxi-Lock thread to make a dark green vine between appliqued flowers at the neck of a linen top. Yeah -- it melts. What a mess. I was able to clean it up but it isn't quite right.

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Date: 3/23/11 6:53 PM

I sew pillowcases for deployed soldiers and my husband recently purchased a Baby Lock serger for me to help speed up the process.
I did notice that my iron seemed to get some weird gunk on it, but did not realize until last week that it was actually the Maxilock thread that was melting.
I will have to be extra careful when ironing the pillowcases, because I can't risk the threads becoming weak and falling apart after I send them off.
Any suggestions are welcome.

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