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Quilting with King Tut on a home machine

King Tut Extra-long Staple Egyptian-grown Cotton Quilting ThreadQ: I have a Bernina 440 and when I quilt with the King Tut thread it
skips way too many stitches to even use. Do you have any suggestions on needle size, bobbin thread weight, or speed? Anything would be helpful as I love the colors on the King Tut variegated spool and would like to use it.

A: This should not be happening. King Tut is a fantastic, strong thread which is used extensively for longarm and home machine quilting. Please check the following:
1. Use a Topstitch #90/14 needle (Larger eye and deeper/wider groove helps reduce friction on the thread.)
2. Loosen the top tension all the way down to 2.5 to 3.0 (If you find looping on the back, tighten the top tension in small increments.)
3. Any bobbin thread should be fine. We use either MasterPiece (cotton) or The Bottom Line (polyester).

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By: Bob Purcell