Tuesday, September 17, 2013

on Thread

What thread do you use?

Connecting Threads Essential Thread

I've always bought cotton thread, preferring to work with natural fibers, but I've tried all sorts of brands.  When I started sewing, I bought Coats & Clark - cheap and local.  Then, when I became "a quilter" I switched to Gutermann - also local, though expensive and supposed to be better quality for quilting.  Aurifil has been much-touted in blogland, so naturally I gave it a try.  I bought a pack of basic Aurifil neutrals from Pink Chalk, which I'm still working my way through.  Pricey stuff, but so shiny that it feels luxurious.  Lots of people recommend it for free motion quilting.

Aurifil 12 wt stitches - Love!
quilted with Aurifil 12 wt

Honestly, I can't tell the difference in how ANY of these sew.  That doesn't mean that there isn't a difference (I'm no expert), but it feels like faith to buy one or the other.  I know some sewing machines seem to prefer specific threads, but I haven't found that to be the case with my machines.  I do love to straight line quilt in the Aurifil 12 wt thread, a chunky thread that really shows off.  I'll keep that up, but for piecing.... Aurifil is just too pricey for me.

Connecting Threads thread
Connecting Threads Essential Threads

So, recently, I asked Connecting Threads to send me a cone of their "Essential" thread in 50 wt cotton.  The price is extraordinarily good - 5000 yards for $10.  Or, if your machine doesn't accommodate cones, it's $2.80 for a 1200 yard spool.  Either way, it's the cheapest thread I've seen.  Yes, it's less lustrous than Aurifil 50 wt and maybe does make more lint (not sure for my machine, though others who've done comparison tests say so).  But the thing is I sew a lot.  Price matters.

and for piecing

I've been sewing with Connecting Threads thread for a month now.  I've used it for piecing, quilting and garment sewing.  Aria's been wearing her Geranium dress weekly, and it's holding up nicely.

for quilting

Whisper is the first quilt I free motion quilted with Connecting Threads thread.  It went wonderfully.  So, unless something comes up otherwise, I see more 5000 yard cones in my future.  I like the fact that I can load it in white and leave it up there, like forever.  Simplicity is golden.

What about you?  What thread do you prefer and why?

Note:  With thread, 50 wt thread is much finer than 12 wt thread.  8 wt thread would be even thicker.  80 wt thread would be super-fine. 

90 comments:

  1. I also like Connecting Threads thread. I did try Aurifil, but it's way too pricey, and anyhow, who can possibly tell which thread you have used.

    I hand quilt with CT thread, as well as do EPP with it.

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  2. I'm so glad you did this test! I've wanted to try them but haven't yet. I do notice a difference in english paper piecing with Aurifil vs. the others - less tangling.

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  3. i buy aurifil mako 50wt on cones. i prefer it for piecing and quilting b/c it's very thin and patchwork lies flat. i bought a sampler of essential and i don't hate it but i strongly prefer aurifil. essential is a lot thicker. i still use it for more decorative stitching and when i need colors (i only have white/beige/grey in aurifil).

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  4. I love Connecting Threads thread, haven't had a problem yet.

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  5. So glad you posted this, as I've been thinking about it for the past few days. I use Coats and Clark, but then again, I'm still fairly new to quilting. I did switch to their machine quilting thread instead of the all purpose for actual quilting, but for now, that is what fits my budget.

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  6. Interesting, I will have to give it a try. I have noticed a big difference in my machine with Aurifil compared to Gutterman. For whatever reason my tension is inconsistent with Gutterman but I have no problem with Aurifil, which I do buy by the cone when it's on sale which makes it quite a bit more affordable.

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  7. I love Connecting Threads Essential. My Bernina is not thread picky (though the ladies at the shop will tell you it will explode if you don't use Mettler or Aurifil, ironically, they sell both).

    My only issue is that it is very thick. If I am doing very fine free motion quilting work that will have a lot of tracing over the threads, I can't use it. It piles up and doesn't look nice- so I use Isacord. I buy it at imachinegroup.com and it is super cheap.

    I use Essential for all my charity quilts though, and most of my piecing; I just make sure to off set the needle for a very scant 1/4" seam when using Essential. (If the piecing is extremely precision oriented, then I use Aurfil 50 wt, because again the Essential is too thick and takes up too much of the seam allowance.)

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  8. I use the Connecting Threads Essentials thread also and love it.

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  9. I was taught to use the same fiber thread as your fabric--cotton fabrics use cotton threads; poly blend fabrics use poly threads; silk ... silk; etc. The theory being that you don't want your seams to be stronger/weaker than your fabric. But I read that the 50 wt. threads make your piecing more accurate (let's face it, sometimes one weft/warp [? I'm never sure which is the horizontal and which the vertical] thread makes all the difference in a seam allowance), so when my cone of 40 wt. cotton runs out, I'll be trying Aurifil. If it creates less fuzz, it will be worth the price IMO. (I am shocked by the amount of lint I clean out of machine every time I change the bobbin.)

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  10. I have used Connecting Threads Essential for my lady 4 quilts for piecing, straight line quilting, swirl pattern quilting, and large stippling, and did my hand binding

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  11. I just placed my first order for CT thread last night (along with a few other goodies!) I have been wanting to try it for a while. I am frustrated with C&C and the breakage, etc. Aurofil may be the best, but cost is a huge factor for me.

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  12. I have been using C&C or Gutterman but wow the price at Connecting Threads is amazing. They have pretty decent shipping to Canada as well. Thanks for the post Rachel, I think I will do a order from them as soon as my supplies budget is built up again. The roll of batting I just bought has decimated my supply budget until November!

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  13. I have also tried Coats & Clark, Gutterman, and Aurifil. I can't really tell a difference except that Coats & Clark has tons of lint, so I don't buy it (I'd rather spend my time sewing than cleaning my machine) I like Gutterman and Aurifil both, I don't think I prefer one over the other. Cost is a big factor for me as well so I may be trying some of the Connecting Threads thread next time I need to "re-up"

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  14. I've used the Connecting Threads thread for three years now - I have just about every color they sell, I can match anything! I use a Husqvarna most and a Janome second and haven't noticed more lint than with other brands. I do like the Aurifil but it is expensive.

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  15. Thanks for your opinions on these! I use C & C thread, but the machine quilting thread only (the regular thread breaks too much for me). It works well for free motion too IMO. I've wondered about the cost of the others and whether they were worth it many times before!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  16. I bought a rainbow of colors of the Connecting Threads Essential Cotton Thread and I love the colors and I can machine piece and hand quilt with it very well. Plus no running to the store constantly buying thread.
    But as far as free motion quilting with it, I've not had any luck there. I'm sure it's because I'm new at it. I tried out some Isacord polyester thread for the machine quilting and it works well for me. It cost more than the Essential but doesn't break during free motion quilting.

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  17. I definitely notice a difference with the Aurifil and EPP. Lots less tangles. I tend to use Gutermann and Aurifil. I prefer the Aurifil, but it's not always easy to find locally at a price I can manage. I look for online sales.

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  18. I'm like you, I like to use cheapy thread for piecing (c&c or Gutermann's sew-all poly in white) but the only thread my machine works with during FMQ seems to be Aurifil. Everything else has been a disaster. I find this Connecting Threads review helpful! I'll check them out, that's cheaper than Gutermann's half-off at the not- to-be-named box store.

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  19. Like the author, I too have given all the threads a complete test. I have my own business, and between work and play, I sew an average of 30-40 hours a week. I place my name on every item I make, as I take great pride in my work. I have fallen in love with CONNECTING THREADS thread and own every single color!! (I do a lot of topstitching and need the great variety they offer.) I agree that it is a bit "linty" but a little Sewers Aid solves that problem. In addition, the cases they sell are perfect for their standard spool size. Lover of the thread!!

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    1. ljscutomcreation, I was wondering how you applied the Sewers Aid to the spool of thread? This inquiring mind would like to know lol! Thanks Sarah

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  20. I have some Aurifil and it's nice, except my machine won't hold it. My machine likes Guterman, I can get it at almost any hour of the day and almost always on sale, so I use that. I have never tried CT.

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  21. I LOVE Aurifil. Note that I'm not a professional quilter and so I know I don't use as much as you do!
    I use it for piecing where it's thinness and strength are a plus. I love it for detailed work such as hand appliqué. Not that I do much appliqué, but when I do my one square a year for the community quilt, it's a joy to work with, slides through those layers with ease and no snagging. And for home machine free motion quilting (on a Bernina), it makes my machine purr.
    Just one humble opinion!
    Thanks, Joanna

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  22. I use Gütermann thread because that is what is available locally. There is also Mettler but as I've never tried it and it is the same price as Gütermann I've stuck to what I know. I am going to try Aurifil next week. I finally found a local stockist and as it is no more expensive than buying Gütermann I am keen to try it out especially when I read so much about how a bobbin full seems to last for ages. Less swapping of bobbins would be reason enough for me to swap to it.

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  23. I like Connecting Threads Essential threads just fine. I never understood the dislike for C&C, either. I love getting the big cones of Essential thread though and use it for almost all my piecing and much of my quilting.

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  24. The only thread I buy is connecting threads thread, I love it and can't beat the price
    Donna Danielson

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  25. I love the cones too, I ended up getting a separate stand that I set up beside my machine so I can use the cones. I think it cost about $4.00 at my local sewing machine shop. I also piece using a huge box left to me by my mother-in-law. Some of the spools may be antiques by now but, I've not had any trouble with any of the thread. I don't quilt with those though.

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  26. I use CT too for the same reason, price. However I find that it breaks a lot when quilting on my Bernina. So I now only use it for piecing and use C&C machine quilting thread for quilting.

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  27. I use Gutterman and Aurifil. Find Aurifil creates a lot less lint, doesn't tangle as much. At the moment I'm using a mix of both for some quilting. Gutterman white as my top thread and Aurifil 50wt light grey in the bobbin and haven't had any problems. This was a matter of necessity as I wanted to bobbin thread to blend in with my backing fabric and didn't have any Gutterman in this colour.

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  28. I used to use Mettler for everything but it's harder to get now locally so I gave Connecting Threads a try last year and have been using it ever since. The price is right, there are lots of colors and so far it has worked well for both piecing and FMQ. Can't really tell if there is more lint or not . . . perhaps a little more. Only had a problem once with the weight being too heavy for the FMQ I was trying to do. Might have just been that one spool. Nice to read about what others are using.

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  29. My two regulars are Aurifil and Connecting Threads. I love Aurifil in 50w, but I can't afford to have it in every colour. I especially love it for piecing because it is thin and the seems almost disappears. I have it in many neutral colours from white to black and several creams, beiges and grays in between. I really see a difference in accuracy, but I guess it would be the same with any thin thread. I also love that my bobbin will last forever. I quilt with both Aurifil and Connecting Thread. Love the delicate quilting with Aurifil (50w). The CT thread is much thincker so the stitches show more. I love the price, and I can afford to have a multitude of colours. I have not tried Aurifil in the heavier weights - perhaps I am afraid that I will like it so much I will have to switch. I rarely sew with anything else anymore, unless it is for a small project and I happen to have this particular colour. Thanks for this post.

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  30. This is great to know! I'm planning on stocking up during our US trip over Christmas. Like you I started with Gutermann and now use Aurifil. I don't sew as much as you, but the price still hurts!

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  31. I'll have to try Connecting Threads. I was gifted Mettler when I started sewing, but couldn't keep up that pricey habit. I use Gutterman for quilting and Coats and Clark for other sewing. But I don't like how they unspool when they have the flat plastic part at the top. Cones might be the way to go.

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  32. Thank you so much for this post. I have read so many other blogs and they are always selling the highest priced brand. I have tried Aurifil and do like it. But, very pricey. I've had terrible luck with Gutterman. Superior has been a good thread. From my trials so far, I do think it depends on your machine. One of my machine's loves Aurifil and the other doesn't. But, I do have one roll of CT thread and I'm trying it tomorrow. Excited to see how it does. Thank you for your honesty.

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  33. I LOVE the Connecting Thread Essentials. I go through it like crazy and I have used it for probably 4 years now almost exclusively. You just can't beat the price if you prefer cotton thread.

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  34. Great post! I grew up using C&C, which was my grandmother and mother's thread of choice. I've tried Gutterman but didn't like it at all. I now use CT and, while a bit thick (esp. for applique), thinks it's very nice. I'd like to give Aurifil a try if I can find it on sale. Thanks!

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  35. I use Guterman and Aurifil. I do love the thin yet strong nature of Aurifil. I have learnt from a friend in my quilting group (she quilts professionally) that the premium threads, such as Aurifil and King Tut have much longer lengths of cotton in the weave of the thread, and that is why they give off less lint and will last in your quilts much longer. It would be interesting to know how the Connecting Threads cotton lasts over the longer term. Maybe you can give us an update on this in a year or two?! Cheers, Kelly

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  36. I use Guterman and Aurifil. I do love the thin yet strong nature of Aurifil. I have learnt from a friend in my quilting group (she quilts professionally) that the premium threads, such as Aurifil and King Tut have much longer lengths of cotton in the weave of the thread, and that is why they give off less lint and will last in your quilts much longer. It would be interesting to know how the Connecting Threads cotton lasts over the longer term. Maybe you can give us an update on this in a year or two?! Cheers, Kelly

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  37. I hadn't heard of that thread, it is a great price. I have been using Aurifil for quilting, 50wt, I love it, despite the price. I use polyester for clothing, much stronger and I sometimes use Gutterman, but mainly the very cheap stuff from the big sewing stores here, much more affordable when you want lots of colours.

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  38. I have tried both Guterman and King Tut, and I wasn't impressed with either one of them. I use Connecting Threads exclusively now, sit great success. I do all sorts of sewing with it, too. There are times when the thread breaks while FMQ or it becomes tangled. But I think that is more my error than the thread.

    You can't beat the price or the span of colors!

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  39. I have a ton of CT thread, purchased when they had fabulous sales. I hate it :-(
    Until using it, my Janome MC9500 always sewed like a dream. After a few months of using CT thread (I previously used C&C or some other brand that was the correct color that I could purchase locally) I started having major trouble with tension (not to mention crazy amounts of lint ~ I had to clean out my bobbin case every bobbin change) I have taken that machine in multiple times and spent well over $400 trying to get my tension back to normal. I ended up having to buy a new machine. Somewhere during all of the trying to get may machine fixed, I tried Aurifil ~ it is so smooth & it just disappears into the seam for piecing. I may not always be able to use it, but it's definitely my first choice!
    To be fair, I can not say with certainty that the CT Thread caused my machine's problems (and to be REALLY fair, as soon as I noticed the tremendous amount of lint produced, I talked to my sewing machine guy about it and he said it wasn't problematic, and to just clean the bobbin case more) BUT ~ there is such a negative connotation for me (I loved, LOVED, my Janome, sewing on her brought me through some dark dark times...)that I can't help but feel like the thread was partially responsible for the demise of my beloved friend.


    (I am very happy that so many are finding it fabulous for their needs :-)

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  40. I haven't tried CT threads yet. I typically use Mettler, Guttermann, and Aurifil because I can see a big difference in the finish of the thread in my work. I have a collection of Coats and Clark from when I first began sewing and I still use it for EPP, but it is noticeably rougher than my other threads, with small burrs of bunched fibers every foot or so. They also make a ton of lint if I use them in my machine. I've found that Aurifil is actually a pretty good deal (especially when I can find it on sale) because the spools have much, much more thread on them than other brands and it rarely breaks, which means less waste. I also feel better about there being less lint because I know that it's better for the longterm health of my machine.

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  41. I don't understand why people think that the lint only comes from the thread. It also comes from the fabric & I think a lot of it comes from the fabric. I notice a big difference in the amount of lint when I'm sewing with precut fabrics - which haven't been prewashed. I quilted a baby quilt last weekend made from a jellyroll of baby flannel. There was a tremendous amount of lint. I primarily use thread from Coats & Clark & Connecting Threads. I also have some other more expensive threads that I use occasionally.

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  42. I use CT thread 90% of the time - I am a power sewer and this thread has bang for the buck. And I love color thread, so I can buy lots of color without braking the bank. I see no difference in the lint accume (you should clean out your machine after each project anyway). I have wonderful results with FMQ and even have used their PRO line for that - even have used two threads at once (in one needle - yep) for that 'chunky' look. Aurifil does not work in any of my machines (4 different makes). I have used Superior, Gutermen, Mettler, Sulky (they are fun), Glide, King Tut, different lines of metalics - it's fun to experiment for differnt looks. But CT is my staple.

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  43. I've used them all, and while I love the super-thinness of Aurifil, I just can't justify the cost when I can get Connecting Threads at a fraction of the price. I'm even cheaper - I wait until they have a thread sale and stock up at around $1.75 a spool. Yes, I have experienced a little more lint, but I clean the bobbin area every time I change the bobbin whether I'm using CT or Aurifil. I've been using CT thread almost exclusively for close to five years.

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  44. I tried CT once and my machine just hated it. I liked it, but no matter how I tried to adjust things, my tension was never good. I use Coats & Clark cotton. It works so good in my machine and the big spools at hobby lobby with a coupon only come to 3 something. I don't seem to have the lint problem like alot of people say. I do clean my machine alot, but even after quilting a large lap quilt, I still don't have alot. I have a spool of Aurifil, and used it once so far. I like it, but honestly don't see alot of difference. I am going to try it for quilting, maybe that's where the difference will be noticeable, not sure. If I could afford it, I would probably use Aurifil, it is smoother and thinner. But really, cost wise, if I could use CT I would.

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  45. I use CT and have since it first became available. The price is unbeatable and the rainbow of colors is lovely. Be sure and check because it goes on sale a couple of times a year for$2 per spool and I stock up. I also buy the big cones for,using on my mother's long arm and it is fantastic for that too! Glad you have discovered CT!

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  46. I generly us Guuterman thread and love it. I won a pack of Aurifil once so used it in my machine with poor results, I got birds nests every few stitches. I have used it for EPP with good results though since I didn't want to waste it. I've been wondering about CT threads and fabrics for a while. Will have to try it.

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  47. I always use Coats and Clark thread. It does exactly what I want, is cheap, is sturdy, and handles wear well.

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  48. I hate aurifil thread. It breaks continuously in my machine, which handles every other thread with no problem. CT is a bit thick for piecing for my taste, but I like quilting with it.

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  49. I used to use Coats and Clark, but switched Connecting Threads Essentials several years ago as it is a nicer, more "polished" thread, less lint, more variety of colors and great price.

    I tried Aurifil recently because everyone online was raving about it. But at four times the price of CT, I can't tell a significant difference. They're both strong, relatively low lint, 50-wt threads. I've never had a problem with breakage with either thread.

    Having the exact right color is important when I machine quilt. Connecting Threads has a huge array of colors, and at less than $3 a spool, I can afford to buy every color I might ever need.




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  50. Great info on thread from you and all your commenters. I buy Gutterman on sale at Joann's. thanks for the info!

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  51. I love Aurifil threads. My local quilt shop sells all the colours in 12, 20, 40 and 50 wt. It’s a wonderful thread to use for hand apppliqué as well.
    When I started quilting Gütermann was all I could buy here, but my Janome didn’t like it and I had to deal with lots of puckers. As all quilting materials are expensive here, I never considered Aurifil to be pricy.
    I hope I will ever be able to try some CT threads.

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  52. I started with Guterman too, as I was told that they were the best, but the cost of them and rate I used them at made we look elsewhere. I went to a FM training workshop a few years back and was told to use rasant, and I havent looked back, its not expensive and quilts beautifully but it does not have a sheen to it.

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  53. I´m using mostly thread by Gütermann, from a German firm. Don´t know if it´s the same as your Gutermann, just with an Umlaut? ;-)

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  54. Hi Rachel, did you see this post? http://owensolivia.blogspot.com/2012/10/your-sewing-thread-under-microscope.html I always wondered about thread, too, and after seeing the differences under microscope, I will definitely continue to use Guterman (or maybe switch to Aurifil someday). I've never had a problem with breakage with cheaper thread, but I've definitely had lint issues, and some of those cheaper threads look scary under the microscope!

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  55. I use Essentials also. I like the price, I like the color choices and it works nicely in my machine. I sew on vintage machines and don't really notice any more lint than other thread that I've tried. I haven't tried Auriful, but with the amount I sew, I think I'll stick with my Essentials :)

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  56. Thanks for the great post! I use Star thread for piecing and guterman or YLI for quilting. I have been looking for a better thread and will have to try your suggestion of Connecting Threads. I tried some Aurifil 50 wt and it was a resounding disaster. The thread snapped constantly while i was quilting and ripped out within a week in a dress I made. It definitely will not work on a Juki straight stitch machine for me. YLI has a lot of good info on the science of thread on their website for further reading.

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  57. I like Gutermann, mostly because I can pick it up easily at JoAnn's with a coupon. That, and Coats and Clark gave my old machine lots of trouble so I've been out of the habit of buying it. I've never tried Aurifil, though this is entirely due to cost. I do a lot of sewing too, and there's no way I could afford it. I like your suggestion - I'm going to have to give it a try!

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  58. I use Aurifil, yes pricey but I had problems with the Connecting Threads thread. My Bernina 440QE did not like it. Some spools skipped stitches and others did not. I do love the the 12 wt threads as well, they just look so nice for quilting.

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    1. Just to put it out there, I was NOT using Connecting Threads when I experienced skipped stitches on Lolly Lolly quilt. I think I was using Aurifil, but I do not blame Aurifil for that. I think it was another factor.

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  59. Wow lots of opinions here about thread. I use Connecting Threads because it's a affordable for piecing. For quilting though I use King Tut or YLI if I want a cotton thread, but mostly I love using polyester embroidery thread to quilt with, such as Isacord and other similar threads. I love trilobal polyester threads to quilt with. They are thin and quilt great. I buy polyester embroidery threads on 5,000 yard cones and depending on the brand you buy, they cost anywhere from $2.50 and up to $20.00 per 5,000 yd cone. You can buy the 5,000 yard cones for about the same cost as the 1200 yard spools for about the same cost as the cones if you look for deals and closeouts and don't buy brand names. The thread will outlast the cotton fabric, so I don't worry about the thread rotting and it's stronger than cotton thread too.

    I thought Aurifil is too pricey too and I wondered why so many talk about it so highly, unless they are given the thread or Aurifil is their sponsor?

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  60. Ah, the great thread question. In my Brother I could use any ol' thread and chug along. But, in my Janome Horizon so far I have found that Aurifil works or Isacord. Other threads seem to break while FMQ in the upper thread. I had tried everything to fix it, and then busted out a thread I had sitting around that I had never tried (the isacord) and it worked. It was crazy, and a tad irritating. I am curious about the connecting threads as it is so much more reasonably priced and comes in so many colors. I may have to order a few just to experiment.

    Also...when you use the 12 wt. Do you use a 12 wt in the bobbin? I like that look. And what size needle do you use for the 12 wt.? Thanks, Rachel!

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    1. Yes, I use the 12 wt in the bobbin. I use a size 90 needle. It might be good for me to try an even bigger needle though, as I do experience occasional breakage with the 12 wt. I've heard a top stitching needle is good for quilting, so I need to do some needle shopping soon!

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    2. Hi, Rachel. So you use 12 wt in the bobbin AND the top? Where do you set your tension? I'm going to be getting a machine similar to the Juki (Brother PQ1500S or Baby Lock Jane) and it would be fun to try. By the way, I use Aurifil 50 for piecing (makes everything fit together better) and I'm about to try the 40 for quilting. I would also like to try the King Tut 40 for quilting. I've heard they're very similar, but with those two brands, Aurifil is actually more economical when you figure how much comes on a spool :) Also, I'm not opposed to using poly. I've heard great things about Isacord, YLI Jeans thread, and even Robison-Anton.

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    3. Also, I used to use Connecting Threads thread, but found it very linty. However, I have a Kenmore and the Kenmore won't take the 50 wt Aurifil. Too fine, I think, I haven't tried anything else. Just keep using the Connecting Threads, which the ones I have are kinda thick. I use the Aurifil in my Baby Lock Sofia.

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    4. On the tension for the 12 wt thread, I think I have to set it very, very low. I'm not 100% positive as I haven't made any notes, but that's what I recall. I probably should take notes!

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  61. My Pfaff does not like Aurifil thread or I haven't found the right settings to make it work. It keeps breaking. Mettler is wonderful. Gutterman and Coats & Clark give me a lot of lint as does Connecting Threads. I appreciate the price difference in Connecting Threads but I am curious to see if the lint problem will cause me to need to have the machine professionally cleaned more often.

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  62. It’s great to read all the reviews and Heather’s link to OwensOlivia’s blog. Who would have thought that those threads would look so frayed under a microscope?

    I was just wondering, as everyone talks about Aurifil 50 wt. We mostly use 50 wt for appliqué and 40 wt for sewing and quilting. It’s a bit thicker and gives a lovely quilted look. If you can ever lay your hands on a 40 wt cone, you really should give it a try!

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  63. I have some of the CT thread and I like it fine. No complaints. Same with the C&C (which I have a TON of thanks to winning a giveaway of like a million spools). But it turns out that my machine must love Sulky. I tried some because it was on a really good sale, and now that's the only white thread I use. Every thing I use it for just looks better, especially quilting. I actually have some Aurifil that was gifted to me, but I haven't used it yet. I don't see myself ever purchasing it when I can get a thread that works great for me much cheaper/locally.

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  64. I have an old, fussy Kenmore that will sew reasonably well with Gutterman and nothing else.

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  65. I use whatever is at hand - we tend to get a lot of thread donated for the quilt ministry - but when I buy thread, I buy from Connecting Threads. Thread is always on my Connecting Threads wish list for my hubby to buy for me. Those big spools run forever on the long arm, too! I use a Juki TL98-Q for piecing, and sometimes my Singer Featherweight, and it runs great on both of those. I use it on my Artistic 26 long arm (made by Janome) with absolutely no problems, both on top and in the bobbin. Love it love it love it!!

    And now I want to try some 12 weight thread in my Juki for straight line quilting - that looks awesome! You use a Juki for that too, right?

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  66. I usually use Coats & Clark for the piecework. For the quilting, I have tried tons of different brands, but I haven't really seen much difference in the results.

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  67. Connecting Threads for me. I bought a bucketload the last sale they had.

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  68. I LOVE CT as well. I even bought a few of the poly cones. I love those too. I just wish the cones, poly OR cotton, where in better colors. Buying 3 small spools for quilting is a pain. lol I also buy a lot of Coats n Clark on the larger spools for quilting. And keep in mind, I own an Empress MidArm. I have NO tension problems. Yes, it's linty. but the Superior and King tut I was told to use gave me all sorts of tension issues, thread breakage, and just major headaches. MY sweet machine isn't a snob at all! CT and C&C for me!

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  69. You didn't mention that it is American made, a true rarity these days.
    It is the only thread I use, and happily. So affordable so many colors.
    I always recommend it!

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  70. You didn't mention that it is American made, a true rarity these days.
    It is the only thread I use, and happily. So affordable so many colors.
    I always recommend it!

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  71. I don't get the hype about Aurifil, I bought some to try and I hated it so much I gave it away. It snaps if you breathe on it too heavily!

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  72. I too use CT for practically all of my piecing. Aurifil is just way too expensive for my wallet.

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  73. I have noticed that aurifil makes my machine run so smoothly and quietly but mostly use connecting threads. It's inexpensive, cotton and has never given me a problem. And they have so many colors to choose from!

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  74. I use connecting threads thread almost exclusively. Although on occasion I will buy some tutti fruitti from my LQS which is amazingly smooth. Like you, I sew a whole lot and quilt just as much and price is a factor. I love their thread collections and have yet to be disappointed! PS i'm on my 6th or 7th 5k thread cone now :)

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  75. I have been using CT for years and I love it for piecing and quilting the bones of a quilt. I use Aurifil for my feathers and designs to show off the quilt design. I only wish connecting threads still had their ombre threads!

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  76. I love CT! It is a little linty but it's the only thread that my machine seems to like. And I love the price!

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  77. On my machine you can hear and feel the difference. It runs way more smoothly when using quality thread. I use Gütermann, Amann, Madeira. Polyester and Cotton.

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  78. just asked this same question on my facebook group.I am so glad to have found this post...Thanks for all the comments

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  79. Here in Australia, Aurifil is horribly expensive and only available from a couple of online shops. With everyone saying how great it is, I bought a couple of spools for about $16 each (yes, spools) and have been really disappointed when fmqing. I've used it on my old cheap Brother machine and my new janome horizon and it kept breaking! I wont Fmq with it anymore, but simply use it up for piecing. I use gutterman for Fmq and isacord, although I don't really like the look of isacord . At least the gutterman doesn't break every couple of minutes. maybe I just got old Aurifil thread?

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  80. What needle size are you all using for your Connecting Threads Essential thread? My Janome QCP7700 hates to FMQ with Essential thread! I love their color variety and price, but it keeps splitting and breaking! ☹️

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    1. I usually use a size 14 needle for quilting, whether straight line quilting or FMQ. Have you tried multiple spools of CT thread? I bet it's always possible just to get a dud spool that wasn't produced well?

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