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Date: 8/8/11 1:27 PM

After hearing Sandra Betzina rave about TIRE silk thread, i bought some, in black & white, #50 & #100, & after finally figuring out which machines like it, & how to adjust the tension for this super-fine, super-strong thread, I'm really starting to fall in love with it!

Now I'm thinking of getting some different colors. I must say, though, that the thread is so fine, & something about the reflective shine of the silk, makes it kind of take on the fabric color, so it seems to me that you don't even need that close a color match. I just used white thread on a some yellow fabric, & the thread actually looks like a match in color.

What do you think? Have you tried silk thread? What brands & resources have you found that you like? Good prices anywhere?

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Date: 8/8/11 7:18 PM

I have only used Gutermann silk thread, which is very nice indeed. I have gotten it at JoAnn and the larger sizes came from Atlanta Thread Supply at a good price. The smoothness and strength have been excellent.

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Date: 8/8/11 9:28 PM

I also got some Tire thread, from Things Japanese. I have been using just black and white as it does blend in very well. None of my machines have had any problem with it and it is very nice for hand sewing as well. It's easy to thread into the eyes of the very fine Japanese hand sewing needles I like.

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Date: 8/8/11 10:40 PM

Superior Threads sells many types of silk threads. They sell tire brand now too.
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Date: 8/8/11 11:44 PM

The Gutermann just does not compare to the Tire for machine thread.

I really hate the thinner hand sewing weight TIRE though- I've never had such an issue with thread tangling and knotting! I've let it unwind/untwist itself, waxed it, and had issues, I've made sure not to let it untwist and waxed it, I've used beeswax, I've tried three kinds of lip balm- it ends up a tangled mess if you have more than a foot (and when you're hand rolling a lapel, you need a whole lot more than a 12" piece of thread or you're going to be tying a whole lot of knots that don't stay knotted very well!).

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Date: 8/9/11 3:40 PM

I haven't had that problem. If I am preparing several strands with beeswax, I knot the cut ends so I don't put the thread on my needle off "grain". Sometimes I use Threadheaven, it's a great product.

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Date: 8/10/11 12:22 PM

Maggie Backman of Things Japanese transferred her Tire thread import business to Superior Threads last March. She's no longer selling thread. I've taken classes with her at Houston Quilt Festival btw. She's a terrific teacher.

I don't think I've ever met a silk thread I didn't love... I have a growing collection of 100 wt Kimono silk thread from Superior Threads. I adore free-motion quilting with it.

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Date: 8/10/11 1:35 PM

Thanks for that info Tess - I've been curious about the Kimono thread. Do you know how it compares to Tire thread?

I wonder if all of the Japanese silk thread is sort of comparable. I have some really old silk thread in my collection (estate sale finds for free or cheap) & I use it for thread tracing, because it's pretty easy to break.

What sorts of fabrics do you all use your silk thread on? So far, I've only machine sewed on silk.


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