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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Polyester thread suggestions

    I just begin to do free motion quilting with rulers. I want to try polyester thread. Do you have suggestions for brands of threads. Is there just 40wt for thread or 30wt too?
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    Default Re: Polyester thread suggestions

    A lot of people like Glide thread which I believe is 40 wt poly.
    I have been using some 40 wt embroidery thread I was gifted and there are several different kinds and they all seem to work ok.

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    Default Re: Polyester thread suggestions

    Another good polyester choice is 70 weight. This is a thin matte finish (not shiny like most polyester thread). A great choice for when you want the texture to show, not the thread. Also a good choice for the bobbin. It is so thin you can fit a lot on the bobbin and you won't have to change the bobbin as frequently.

    https://www.connectingthreads.com/th...cones/c/600909

    Hard to go wrong with any of thread choices from Superior Threads.

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    Default Re: Polyester thread suggestions

    I've been using Glide thread for a year or more. My Baby Lock Tiara table model LA seems to like it better now than the Superior or Signature 40 wt. cotton. It is a 40 wt. trilobal polyester thread. Very little lint build-up. The bobbins hold a lot more thread. It takes an adjustment to get the tension settings right. This thread does have a sheen to it, which I like.

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    Joy, I'd like to pick your brain about this. Honestly, I've had my Tiara for 2 plus years and almost never use anything but MaxiLock Thread. I think I need to branch out.
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    Default Re: Polyester thread suggestions

    When I first joined the forum, everyone was touting cotton thread and I thought I had to switch to cotton. I/ve used cotton exclusively until I got my embroider machine and now I've tried going bac to polyester. The lint difference is phenomenal. No preference in brands here. At least not yet

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    Default Re: Polyester thread suggestions

    I really like Aurifil for a cotton thread, but it is expensive. I have used Isacord a lot for FMQ, when I wanted the shine of a polyester thread. It is a 40 wt trilobal. I think the shine sometimes detracts from the quilt, and in that case I'll use cotton. Isacord may have a 30 wt too, but I am not sure of that. Sulky is a 30 wt thread, but it is cotton. They make lovely varigated threads, and even though cotton, there is a shine to it. Superior Threads has many choices in 40 wt trilobals.
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    I love Glide thread. It's what your machine likes.

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    cv quilter ~ What do you want to know about the Tiara & thread? My interest was sparked about thread when I watched Amy Johnson's Craftsy classes on FMQ quilting with rulers. I liked the looks of her thread & e-m'd her. She said she was using Glide. So I decided to try it. At first I was discouraged. It took quite a while to get the tension adjusted so I liked the looks of the stitches. It's a much thinner thread than cotton, so the bobbin tension needs to be adjusted considerably. It can be a bit tricky to get the thread started when loading the bobbins, too. I've started using the nets around my thread cones; I'm having better success with that. The thread to both the bobbin winder & the Tiara runs much smoother.

    There are many web sites that sell Glide. My first order was from Kingsmen Quilting Supply. They have a wide selection & give prompt service. I purchased a set of color samples. I stocked up on thread at the quilt fair last Sept. There were 2 vendors there with a good supply. A bird in the hand, so to speak. It cost a bit more, but I didn't have to pay any shipping.

    Other well-known quilters who use Glide are Karen McTavish & Tracey Russell (APQS Ontario -- she has a YT channel & hundreds of short videos on FMQ designs.) I really like the no lint build-up with the polyester thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCY View Post
    cv quilter ~ What do you want to know about the Tiara & thread? My interest was sparked about thread when I watched Amy Johnson's Craftsy classes on FMQ quilting with rulers. I liked the looks of her thread & e-m'd her. She said she was using Glide. So I decided to try it. At first I was discouraged. It took quite a while to get the tension adjusted so I liked the looks of the stitches. It's a much thinner thread than cotton, so the bobbin tension needs to be adjusted considerably. It can be a bit tricky to get the thread started when loading the bobbins, too. I've started using the nets around my thread cones; I'm having better success with that. The thread to both the bobbin winder & the Tiara runs much smoother.

    There are many web sites that sell Glide. My first order was from Kingsmen Quilting Supply. They have a wide selection & give prompt service. I purchased a set of color samples. I stocked up on thread at the quilt fair last Sept. There were 2 vendors there with a good supply. A bird in the hand, so to speak. It cost a bit more, but I didn't have to pay any shipping.

    Other well-known quilters who use Glide are Karen McTavish & Tracey Russell (APQS Ontario -- she has a YT channel & hundreds of short videos on FMQ designs.) I really like the no lint build-up with the polyester thread.

    Joy, thank you. I will try Glide...I think I have been worried about thread tension problems. I have very little if any with the MaxiLock and I know that the tension issues can be frustrating. I know I can call Phil (my BL dealer) and he would help me sort out the problems, but I hate the idea of having to adjust the tension. I will give Glide a try and maybe I'll get lucky and won't have any issues . lol
    A day patched with quilting Seldom unravels Sharon

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