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10 Benefits of Using a Quality Polyester Thread (Part 1 of 2)

Posted: 17 March 2014 at 6 a.m.

Omni polyester polycore polywrapped

Unfortunately, there are several myths and half-truths floating around about polyester threads.  The truth of it is, polyester threads are amazing and there’s more than a few reasons why.  In this two part blog, we will discuss the top 10 benefits of using a quality polyester.

1. Strong

     -One of the most popular myths that exist in the quilting world is that polyester thread is so strong, it will tear right through your fabric!  Let's set this straight, thread will not tear through fabric, solely due to its fiber content.  If a thread ever tears through a fabric, it is because it won the strength contest, regardless if it is cotton or polyester.  Some cotton threads are stronger and wiry than polyester threads.  I use polyester all the time in my personal quilts and love using it.

2. Resistant to stretching and shrinking

     -All of Superior's Polyester Threads undergo an extra process called 'Heat Set'.  This special process ensures that our thread will not shrink when exposed to heat.

3. Crisp and resilient when wet or dry

4. Wrinkle resistant

5. Resistant to most chemicals

     -Polyester is colorfast.  Colors will not bleed, bleach, or fade.  Some threads, such as rayon, do not have a uniform method of colorfastness and can bleed (the color can leech out) when washed with detergents

Rayon and bleach

Lava with bleach

Come back tomorrow to learn the final 5 benefits of using a quality polyester thread.

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  • 7. Judy Morningstar (18 March 2014 at 8:59 p.m.)

    I love polyester thread too. My Janome and APQS Millennium both love using high quality poly thread, and I love the lack of lint buildup. I think polyester threads got a bad rap when people were using poor quality thread. Our expensive machines deserve good quality thread.
  • 6. Sharon Beyer (18 March 2014 at 3:57 p.m.)

    Polyester is the bomb! Whether it is for embroidery, serging, sewing or quilting it is an awesome thread when using a good quality thread like you can get from Superior. Never had a problem! If using polyester thread on cotton was a problem, I don't think the big t-shirt manufacturers would be using it!
  • 5. Joan (18 March 2014 at 8:02 a.m.)

    I avoided polyester because of the strength question. Given the info above, I'll re-examine that. Thanks!
  • 4. Lorna McMahon (18 March 2014 at 5:06 a.m.)

    My Janome and Aunt Elna love Fantastico and Magifico as much as I do! Beautiful threads!
  • 3. Lizza (18 March 2014 at 2:42 a.m.)

    I fell in love with machine embroidery while using polyester thread! I spent a lot of time making me a special white blouse out of nice cottons and using poly threads for the embroidery. DUH I went out to eat and spilled my whole plate on me! By the time I got home, there was no way it was coming out! I put a little bleach into a bowl of hot water and dipped! NOT one polyester thread faded! I am in love with polyester for machine embroidery now! NO FADING!
  • 2. Dawn (18 March 2014 at 12:57 a.m.)

    Yay!! Shout the praises of polyester thread! You really need to be a larger presence so that more folks understand that old "never use polyester thread on a cotton quilt" myth is just that...a myth. My Janome loves your polyester and the quilts I quilt with it look divine!
  • 1. CHERYL SZYNKOWSKI (17 March 2014 at 8:33 p.m.)

    I love SO Fine and so does my APQS

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