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Quilting Threads

I’ll bet most people think all threads are alike…………NOT!  There are too many kinds to mention here, but I especially wanted to explain the difference between the types of thread used most often for machine quilting.  You can use 100% cotton or all-purpose thread,  but what you CANNOT use is HAND QUILTING THREAD! It is coated with a wax that will gum up the tension disks in your machine.  We are talking  SERIOUS REPAIR BILLS here!

Store displays have designated bins for different types of threads, but sometimes it’s not very clear what you’re getting.   Be sure to read the label at the end of the spool.  Note: some companies identify their quilting threads by the spool color; they simply cannot print all the relevant  information in 10 different languages on that tiny spool.  Now how are you supposed to remember that the Gutermann hand quilting thread spool is PINK?

Tomorrow:  More on threads – the good, the bad and the ugly.

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