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    Jo-Ann's is having a 50% off sale on all thread starting Sunday. All the
    options and choices in thread completely confuse me. Im looking for some
    assistance on what I should buy and/or stock up on. Beyond fiber type, I'm very
    confused by the amount of thread on each spool. I see it any where from 200 to
    1500 feet with prices all over the place. Looking at regular prices, how can I
    tell what is a good deal and what may be over priced. I'm sure I missed out on
    some good deals at the Houston show - I just had no clue what to be looking for
    in fiber, size of spool and price. I have a Janome 8900 do i need to consider
    specific threads for my machine. Any guidance about buying thread is greatly
    appreciated. Dawn

    P.S. happy new year to everyone!

    #2
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    Never buy Coats & Clark. That came from a repairman and the shop owner. Thread is something I never buy at Joann's.
    Lisa

    Please treat others as you would hope others would treat those you love.


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      #3
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      I've used all kinds of thread and find that for most projects a good all purpose thread works well. Poly or Cotton or blends are sturdy. I really depends on what your machine likes and what you are sewing. My machine hates Sulky which isn't cheap, yet I have nothing but problems with it. Coats n Clark has always worked fine for me. Stay away from the cheapo bins like at Joann's and WalMart. You do get what you pay for. If you're sewing with cotton quilting fabric, the basic all-purpose is fine. For top stitching, something decorative can be pretty, although I'm not so much into any bling. If your sewing silk, or knit you may need a silk or nylon thread.

      So, I would say stick with what you know and use a %50 off coupon to try something new.

      at About.com there's a whole page devoted to thread: http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa102100a.htm
      May your life be always full, and your bobbins even fuller!sigpic

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        #4
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        Originally posted by Lisapc View Post
        Never buy Coats & Clark. That came from a repairman and the shop owner. Thread is something I never buy at Joann's.
        Funny. My repair lady said just the opposite.

        I too am confused on what type is best. Has anyone ever tried the thread from Connecting Threads? It does seem to be a good price.

        I think your machine also dictates what kind is best.
        Donna

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          #5
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          I also use Coats&Clark - Dual Duty, All Purpose - have also used Gutterman all cotton
          No problems with any of it.....
          ~Kathy~

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            #6
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            Originally posted by bkthomas View Post
            I also use Coats&Clark - Dual Duty, All Purpose - have also used Gutterman all cotton
            No problems with any of it.....

            Mine, too. For quilting, that is!!! I kind of gauge what project I have going and buy my thread ahead for those projects - usually buy the largest spools available that will complete my project.

            I must have 20 different brands of thread because of my embroidery work - but agree with the above when I am quilting.

            I do know, also, that many people love the Connecting Threads and others especially like Superior Threads. I would say buy some small spools and try - then make up your own mind.
            Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
            it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

            "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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              Originally posted by Lisapc View Post
              Never buy Coats & Clark. That came from a repairman and the shop owner. Thread is something I never buy at Joann's.
              Originally posted by mjfilbeck View Post
              I've used all kinds of thread and find that for most projects a good all purpose thread works well. Poly or Cotton or blends are sturdy. I really depends on what your machine likes and what you are sewing. My machine hates Sulky which isn't cheap, yet I have nothing but problems with it. Coats n Clark has always worked fine for me. Stay away from the cheapo bins like at Joann's and WalMart. You do get what you pay for. If you're sewing with cotton quilting fabric, the basic all-purpose is fine. For top stitching, something decorative can be pretty, although I'm not so much into any bling. If your sewing silk, or knit you may need a silk or nylon thread.

              So, I would say stick with what you know and use a %50 off coupon to try something new.

              at About.com there's a whole page devoted to thread: http://sewing.about.com/library/weekly/aa102100a.htm
              I am a die hard Coats & Clark user. Worked for my mother and my great aunt so it works for me! I only use the Dual Duty XP though. It is a poly covered poly. I have found the cotton C&C to be really linty and dirties up my machine. And there is no truth to thefable that polyester thread will slice cotton fabrics.

              Not all wounds are so obvious. Walk gently in the lives of others - Unknown Author

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                #8
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                Wow, 2 different machines and two machines that hate Coats and Clark. Mine just like the more expensive stuff I guess.
                Lisa

                Please treat others as you would hope others would treat those you love.


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                  #9
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                  Just to clarify, since I think I'm one if the only two that mentioned my machine not liking a thread, its Sulky, not CnC. I like CnC

                  Originally posted by Lisapc View Post
                  Wow, 2 different machines and two machines that hate Coats and Clark. Mine just like the more expensive stuff I guess.
                  May your life be always full, and your bobbins even fuller!sigpic

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                    #10
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                    I'm not sure if this has any bearing on any problems, but I recently learned about the spools of threads with thread in one direction can't be used on a sewing machine because it is similar to unwinding a roll of ribbon from the side; it starts to bunch up and twist. Crisscross spools (thread goes multiple directions) can be used in machines just fine.

                    However, is the thread is all going in one single direction, you can lay the spool sideways in a cup and pull up from there. XD I can't seem to find a reference on google, but I hope that makes sense!

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                      #11
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                      Neither of my machines like CnC in the top but do fine with it in the bobbin...go figure...I use Superior So Fine most of the time...from Joann's I have used the Gutermann with no problems.....try the all cotton one...worked great for me!

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                        #12
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                        I've been using Gutermann and like it so far. I've also tried Mettler and love it too. I made it a goal of mine to use up all the spools I had from long ago, and I'm glad I did. They were C&C and really linty; I don't know if it was the brand or just the fact that they were several years old.

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by bkthomas View Post
                          I also use Coats&Clark - Dual Duty, All Purpose - have also used Gutterman all cotton
                          No problems with any of it.....
                          That's all i use for sewing and quilting, too. I have bought some specialty threads for a few quilts but always go back to Coats and Clark. I have their embroidery thread and and some Maderia for my emb machine. Really can't tell a difference.
                          “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

                          ― Albert Pine

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                            #14
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                            I was told to always use cotton for piecing....I also have Gutterman and love it but most recently have been getting the big spools of C&C (it actually has another name but made by C&C). I like big spools, think it is more economical....I most always use gray thread for piecing so I never worry about too much of that. My SSS bought me what looks like a box of neutral quilting thread from Connecting Thread and am anxious to try that...have heard it is good. Also about the large C&C spools, it didn't work for me at first, thought my machine didn't like it, but DD found wooden things to go inside the spool and now works perfectly. Hope this helps and happy sewing!!!
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                              #15
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                              I love Aurifil for piecing. And generally use anything that I find that I like for quilting. Red Rock Threads has tons of selection and I've ordered from them with great success. Would some day like to try Connecting Threads brand also.

                              Noticed that you have the Janome 8900 - I've been drooling over that machine. How do you like it?

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