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Subject: Question about Trilobal Thread fixing sewing machine Date: 10/4/12 4:30 PM

Hi everyone! This is my first post, but I have been lurking for a while now reading everything everyday. I do have a question I am hoping someone can answer.

The upper thread sensor on my Pfaff 2134 ALWAYS goes off every few feet (or inches at times) and has since I bought it 7 years ago. I have taken it in to 2 different Pfaff repairmen three times and each time they say the sensor is fine, nothing wrong with it at all.

Well someone last month suggested that I try different thread. I have always used gutermann thread b/c someone (I think the sewing store lady) told me that was the best thread and to only use gutermann thread in your sm. But I am wondering if my Pfaff does NOT like gutermann thread, b/c the sensor never goes off when it embroiders and I use Coats and Clark Trilobal Polyester Thread to embroider.

So today I decided to piece some of my quilt seams with the Trilobal thread and guess what----the sensor NEVER went off!! Not once!! yeah!!! Oh that sensor really has my sanity pushed to the limits and then to have the only repairmen I can take my machine to in my area tell me there is nothing wrong with my machine!--I felt trapped!! So I am so happy that I can finally sew using the Trilobal Thread, but my question is:

Is it ok to sew everything with Trilobal Polyester thread? I thought this thread was only for embroidery. Everything I read says it's a strong thread that can be laundered. So sounds great! I guess I just need to get used to shiny topstitches though...

Has anyone else used Trilobal thread to sew/piece?

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Date: 10/4/12 6:16 PM

I am no thread expert, but I see you haven't received an answer and I can refer you to a website where I go to learn about thread and that is superiorthreads.com. They have an education section and video's and really do a fantastic job of educating about all types of thread. Bernie

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Date: 10/4/12 6:22 PM

Thank you very much Bernie! I am off to check out the website you recommended!

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Date: 10/4/12 11:19 PM

The trilobial thread I have is #40. It is lovely thread for embroidery, but in my own opinion it is too thick for piecing. For piecing I use Aurifil exclusively. Aurifil is #50, two-ply, thin, but strong.

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Date: 10/4/12 11:28 PM

You know, Barb, I was wondering that too if it would be too heavy. I think the reason I haven't noticed the Trilobal thread being to heavy with piecing this quilt is b/c I am piecing denim from old blue jeans. If it were calico it would be different possibly. That will send me back to the drawing board to find a thread that won't cause my upper thread sensor to go off on my sm.

Thank you Barb for the thread suggestion; I will look for Aurifil thread---I have not seen that brand before.

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Date: 10/5/12 3:56 AM

Let me just throw this in for an idea - that sensor going off would annoy me so much I wouldn't be able to sew - could you not just have the sensor disabled?

I do not know if this is feasible.

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Date: 10/5/12 9:07 AM

The sensor always going off does make me NOT want to sew too! There were times I would just scream (quietly in the house as I could). I told DH the same thing Barb---"can we just disable the sensor"?!?! We took my sm apart as far as we could, but of course neither of us know what cable goes where to disconnect the sensor. I know I should just ask the Pfaff dealer's repairman, though I do not like the way he addressed my questions and concerns in the past (he treats me as if I do not understand anything about sm or what a sm is ) but it may be worth a try!

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Date: 10/5/12 9:59 AM

Yes, a 40 wt thread may be too heavy for construction of mid- to lightweight fabrics, but as you've found is a good weight for heaver fabric.
And as you've found trilobal thread has a terrific luster which makes it terrific for a decorative thread but might make it more noticeable than you'd like for construction.

There are lots and lots of regular sewing poly threads besides Gutermann. My machines like Mettler Metrosene and Superior So Fine. It's a pain when you've got a finicky machine, but usually some experimenting will find threads it will be happy with.

Edited to add: Oh and for quilt piecing I like a thin cotton thread. My machines like Mettler Silk Finish. I used to use Superior Masterpiece, when it was a 2-ply thread, but am not happy with their change to 3-ply. Recently I have experimented with Aurifil 50 wt and I like it so far. Aurifil may be my new piecing thread of choice.
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Date: 10/5/12 10:44 PM

Honey,

Goodness knows that there are some men who simply do not know how to talk to women. Why not ask DH to take your sewing machine in to the repairman and then he can deal with him about disabling the sensor. Your DH sounds like a good guy, and it would be easier for him to talk to another man it sounds like.

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Date: 10/5/12 11:51 PM

I think you have a point and that is a good idea to send DH in my place. Now to find time DH can go...

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