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    Today I bought some red Sulky thread to use to decorate some Christmas pillow shams that I will be making. I want to do the quilting with decorative stitches. Do I use the Sulky in the bobbin? I have some white bobbin thread I could use. Any suggestions are welcome. Thank you!

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    What is the weight of your Sulky thread? Most Sulky thread that I have dealt with is 30wt. For that, I like to use at least a 50 weight in the bobbin. A 60 weight would also do well. I had disasterous result with using 30 weight in the top and bobbin. I was quilting with a BabyLock. The best you can do is to test using the different threads on scrap fabric.
    If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.- Zig Ziglar

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      Originally posted by Sylvia H View Post
      What is the weight of your Sulky thread? Most Sulky thread that I have dealt with is 30wt. For that, I like to use at least a 50 weight in the bobbin. A 60 weight would also do well. I had disasterous result with using 30 weight in the top and bobbin. I was quilting with a BabyLock. The best you can do is to test using the different threads on scrap fabric.
      This is strange, but I don't see a weight on the spool. The bottom says 100% viscose 36/5.

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        Sylvia is right about not using a heavy thread in the bobbin. Also, if you use a different, lighter thread, I highly recommend getting something close to the same color as the top thread. I did a sampler class where there was a lot of applique using embroidery thread on top and I used a very fine white thread in the bobbin. Some of that white thread showed on top. My DMIL gave me a set of fabric ink pens to somewhat hide those white dots.

        I just re read your post. If your fabric has a lot of white in it, you might be able to get away with white thread in the bobbin. Also, if you can get your tension perfect - which I have never been able to do - the white might not show one top.

        Sylvia is also right about doing a test on some scrap - highly recommend that you use the same fabric so you can see how it looks.

        Let us know what you decided on. We all learn from posts like this one. Sometimes it's just trial and error till you get it the way you want. Don't be afraid to experiment.
        Vonnie

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          Originally posted by Jane917 View Post
          This is strange, but I don't see a weight on the spool. The bottom says 100% viscose 36/5.
          Viscose is a rayon thread. I have used rayon twice to FMQ but I will probably not use it again. I think the other numbers tell you the number of color options available. Sulky makes both 30 and 40 wt. rayon. I would also suggest a similar color in the bobbin. Would love to see them when you're done.
          Cindy

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