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Date: 5/30/13 5:47 AM

I got in on the Connecting Threads discussion last Jan, drooled over color selections and made the leap to purchase after researching how great it was - long cotton fibers, good quality and PR Member enthusiasm.

Well used it for first time in my Ellisimo last week and horrified to hear a type of squeaking sound. I tried again after applying a thread conditioner. Still made a strange squeaky type of noise. Went back to my poly and no strange sounds.
So I took my Ellisimo in to dealer and was told it was due to Connecting Threads being extremely linty. Was told it really messes up the inside of machines and to avoid it.
I'm confused. Is it linty? Anyone else have strange sounds when sewing with it? I'm bummed as I invested $60 in these threads and the colors are beautiful.

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Date: 5/30/13 8:32 AM

I used some of it a while back on a bag that I made. It was the first time I'd ever tried it in my Bernina. It worked fine but I did think that it looked a bit linty. And I did find more than the usual amount of lint under the stitch plate - more than my other cotton threads. I only have a few colors so I won't sweat it.

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Date: 5/30/13 8:39 AM

I love their thread! I bought several spools and found it very high quality. As to extremely linty, I think that's the condition of your expensive sewing machine. I use all kinds of thread in my machines, Janomes and vintage Singers--threads that are vintage themselves, and I've never had squeaking problems. Never had breakage problems either.

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Date: 5/30/13 9:15 AM

I have no problem with it in my Janome 10001. No lint either. I wonder if you got a bad batch. My Bernina 1630 also liked it.
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Date: 5/30/13 2:56 PM

I use it on my Babylock Unity and its not linty. It works great.

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Date: 5/30/13 2:59 PM

Every sewing machine is different. I cannot explain it, considering that they are made in factories. It is very odd.

My 19606 has never found a thread she didn't like, at least, not so far, including CT. My embroidery machine, however, is much pickier. Mine loves Sulky, other people's machines hate it. I can't use a fan favorite, Floriani, because in my machine it is too slippy. And ISACORD breaks my heart. I am crazy about the colors of Isacord, but I only own two because my machine hates it so much I have to manually feed it - but the colors are so wonderful that I do.

Maybe your Ellisimo is the princess from the "Princess and the Pea." Such a well-bred machine may simply object to CT!

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Date: 5/30/13 9:40 PM

So sorry to hear this!!!

Agree with Barb, my older machines will take just about any thread, but the newer Pfaff doesn't like all cotton threads - The Viking Quilt machine is the pickiest!

I can only guess that the Auto tension makes the newer high end machines picker? Maybe in older machines there is more room for the thread to be threaded down? Just a thought, I'm no sewing machine expert - Only noticed like Barb, some of my older machines take whatever's given, but my more expensive newer machines are much pickier!

What if you used it in the bobbin only? You would still get to use your pretty colors, but not cause damage by threading it all the way down?

Where is that nice gentleman on the forum that knows sewing machines inside and out hmmm good question!

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Date: 5/30/13 10:20 PM

It should not squeak because of thread, but you never know. I have used Connecting Threads in my older machine and it is fine - linty is linty and all threads make lint, some more than others, and you need to clean well after each project - not just the bobbin area but brushing out the needles bar as far as you can go up into the machine without pushing on anything - just lightly - and then vacuuming out the bobbin area and holding the vacuum thingy up to the slots in the machine head itself will get more out. Anyway, my Janome 6300 really loves the lighter poly threads, and not the cottons for FMQ, but for regular sewing it doesn't seem to care! Odd.

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Date: 5/31/13 4:17 AM

Well the lint I can deal with, its the sound that's eerie! Funny as I have used C&C old cotton spools and anything else I had from decades ago or other countries that I picked up. And all sorts of fabric projects. But after reading a bit on PR about treating these computerized machines a bit more gently I have avoided throwing just anything her way so I guess ElliMo has become more prissy about it!

Oh well, the bobbin sounds like a useable idea as does using it in my mechanical Pfaff and Singer 301. Both can be user accessed for deep cleaning.

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Date: 5/31/13 6:18 PM

I've only used one spool of white, in my 820, but it was crazy linty.

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