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Melita69
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Date: 10/21/12 7:39 PM

Thread....which is the best to use if it will be used often and washed and affordable?

What are essential supplies and where is the best place to get them?

Is JoAnns a good place if I used the 40% off coupon?

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Date: 10/22/12 6:15 AM

I use Joanns if I need it TODAY. I use Metro if I can wait. I got a small pack of Maderia colors from Nancy Notions. And some Floriani from my dealer. I like them all. If the item gets bleached, poly will hold up in color. I like natural cotton thread if the item is cotton or I want a muted design (like repairing a 3qtr tear on black pants and covering with a black embroidery design).
I would buy a few spools of various types and brands and see what your machine likes. Some are fussy and some work with anything.

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Date: 10/22/12 10:25 AM

I like Maderia thead and Sulky stabilizers. Sulky because they are sold at Joanns and are part of the notions wall so whenever they have the 50% off notion sale as they are this weekend I stock up, however was in there yesterday and see the have really cut back on the sulky they are selling which was disappointing. I started collecting Sulky thread also for the same reason but then got exposed to Maderia and find my machine likes that the best. Try a few different brands to see what your machine likes before investing in a whole set. Stabilizers can be tricky getting the right match with the fabric and design you are using but after some practice you'll get the hang of it. I'm still learning stuff and I've been doing this for almost 10 years now.

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Date: 10/22/12 11:01 AM

Already address this in your other post.

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Date: 10/22/12 12:23 PM

For thread, it is definitely worth trying out different brands of threads. I bought a few spools (red, white, black) from a few different companies and ran my own tests to see which stitchouts came out nicest on my machine. Good bobbin thread makes a big difference too. You can see the results from my test in the "bobbin thread?" test under the Machine embroidery topic. My favorite was surprisingly the Metro threads which is cost effective since I use the spools for both top and bobbin thread and they run less than $1/spool and less on sale. Worth a try at that price.

I have bought some of my supplies from Joann's. Use the 40% coupon, or wait until the notions wall goes 50% plus the 10-20% bonus "off your entire order" coupons is the best deal there. If you need in bulk, online is best. I ordered sample packs of stabilizers to see what weights worked best for me before ordering in bulk.

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Date: 10/22/12 1:37 PM

I like Marathon Thread and Madeira. It's not outrageously priced. For bobbins, my machine likes the Baby Lock stuff, but I can make it work on Madeira bobbin stuff.

You can't use regular thread weights in the bobbin with hard to sew stuff like terry baby bibs. And if you're bobbin is one of the paper ones, don't forget to use the washer thingy in the bottom of your bobbin case.

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Date: 10/27/12 3:55 PM

Thank you all.

I did get Madeira rayon but will also need to get some Madeira Poly for items that require frequent washing.

I still cant figure out what stablizer to use for what material.......

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Date: 11/29/12 3:32 PM

Has anyone ever purchase embroidery thread from ebay? Specifically Threadsrus? I was wondering the quality of their thread, the pricing is good.

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Date: 11/29/12 3:37 PM

I would stick to the better known brands. A lot of people like Metro if you trying to save some money. Threadart isn't bad but it can be hit or miss. I got a set quite while back and got some bad spools but for the most part it's ok. Didn't look like Threadsrus had anything for sale right now.

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Date: 11/29/12 4:31 PM

Quote: Mary Heckman
Has anyone ever purchase embroidery thread from ebay? Specifically Threadsrus? I was wondering the quality of their thread, the pricing is good.

I bought some eBay stuff (can't remember the seller). It was basically a "you get what you pay for" thing. It breaks/shreds frequently and drives me crazy. Save your $$ for brand name threads.
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