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Solving those Thread Myths Left & Right!

Posted: 23 January 2012 at 7:13 a.m.

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So Many Myths...
There are so many myths regarding thread.  Some are propagated purposely due to a financial motivation, others by misinformed professionals including store sales staff and repair technicians, and most by innocent people just passing on what they have heard.

-Here are some of the most common myths-

Myth 1.  Polyester will tear my quilt fabric.
Not true.  If you have attended one of Bob’s seminars, you have seen hands-on proof that this is a myth.  (If you haven't, please watch his thread therapy DVD ) Thread tearing into a fabric has nothing to do with the thread fiber type but with the strength of the fibers (both in the thread and in the fabric). Some cotton thread (such as glazed cotton) can be stronger and more abrasive than polyester.

Myth 2.  My machine repair person said that I must use only ____ thread(Fill in the blank with a brand name or cotton or poly, etc.)
Some have been told to use only cotton thread.  Others have been told to use only polyester thread.  I’m sure the person who says this means well.  He/She probably just finished cleaning a machine full of horrible lint or other problems and intended to advise the owner to use a better thread.  The advice may be spoken out of frustration or  misinterpreted.  Imagine a car company saying you must use only Shell gasoline because other brands will damage your car.  It does not make sense.  Quality is the key, not the type.  Your machine is made to accommodate many types and sizes of threads.  With the proper needle and tension adjustments, your machine should run any high quality thread.  Don’t be stuck on one channel.

Myth 3.  Using prewound bobbins will void my warranty.

Not true.  Similar reasons as #2 above.  I personally checked with machine companies and using prewound bobbins will not void any warranty.  Most machine companies sell prewound bobbins.  They are a wonderful convenience.  Choose quality bobbin thread.

Myth 4.  You must always use a 3-ply thread.
Not true.  In most cases a 3-ply thread is stronger than a 2-ply thread. However, if the 3-ply thread is a lower quality product, it is possible than an excellent quality 2-ply thread is stronger and preferred for particular uses.  The number of plies is not the critical point.  The quality of the raw material and the processing techniques together determine how good a thread is.  For example, consider piecing thread.  The goal when piecing is to make a smooth seam without bulkiness.  A thread with occasional slubs (clumps of excess thread or lint wound into the thread) will not create a smooth seam.  A heavier-than-necessary thread will make a bulky seam.  If you have a top quality smooth, slub-free, and adequately strong 2-ply cotton, the seams will lie flat, the points will meet, and there will be no bulkiness in the seams.  Quality is more important than the number of plies.


View Education on the Myth "Using only One type of Thread"

View Video Cotton and Polyester Threads pt. 1

View Video Cotton and Polyester Threads pt. 2

View our Prewound Bobbins

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  • 2. Alicia (23 January 2012 at 6:19 p.m.)

    I am so glad that you all put this together, when you buy your machine and they tell you only **** thread will work I say fooy. I use what ever thread I have and have not had a problem with them in any of my machines. The only problem I can say is that some do have more lint then others but that is why your supposed to clean your machine and change your needles. Thanks again for posting this.
  • 1. Karen Thomas (23 January 2012 at 9:29 a.m.)

    Good to see Cindy Needham and Bob Purcell at ROAD TO CALIFORNIA.

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