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Monday, November 17, 2008

Marathon Thread - washaway basting thread --- must read this

Marathon Thread 'washaway basting thread'- you need to read
Hi all, I usually post over on the Chat Board but need to come over here to alert everyone about a product.

At the AQS Nashville, TN Expo back in August I visited the Marathon Threads vendor booth and bought what was prominently labeled as "Wash-Away Basting Thread." I used it in a quilt that will be a wedding gift for our son this weekend, when doing the Hari Walner "machine trapunto" technique.

Unfortunately, I did not TEST this thread before using it. When the quilt was finished and I washed it, all the trapunto areas were horribly puckered. After-the-fact testing by putting a couple yards of the thread into a glass of scalding water showed that it does not was away, but shrank horribly. After an hour, it still had not dissolved but turned into something resembling a clear elastic band, with *lots* of stretch.

I just spoke with Marathon Threads who say the spool was apparently mislabeled on the bottom as well as the wrapping, and that it is their .... (are you ready for this?) SHRINK thread.

Ladies, If you have bought any of the Marathon Thread "wash-away basting thread" please test it first to be sure it is not one of the mislabeled spools. And ... tell all your quilting friends, too.

Marathon Thread's products have an excellent reputation but factory glitches do happen. My quilt is not a total loss, but it does not look the way I hoped it would.

Doris W. in TN

3 Comments:

  • At November 17, 2008 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Bunny said...

    How Disgusting! Thank you, Doris, for your "Alert". So sorry to hear about your experience. Bunny in IL

     
  • At November 17, 2008 at 9:17 PM , Blogger WhiteStone said...

    Oh, My Goodness! The least they could do is send you a lifetime supply of one of their Other Threads! Oh! I would be Totally Upset!

     
  • At February 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM , Anonymous RONNY said...

    DORIS. I AM THE MARATHON DISTRIBUTOR IN DALLAS AND i HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THE SHRINKING OR THE DISAPEARING THREAD FROM MARATHON. IF YOU ARE UNHAPPY WITH YOUR CURRENT DISTRIBUTOR OF MARATHON, CONTACT ME IN CARROLLTON TEXAS 972-245-7220. MARATHON IS A GREAT PRODUCT WITH A GREAT REPUTATION. I HOPE THAT YOUR BAD EXPERIENCE WITH THAT
    DISTRIBUTOR DOESNT TURN YOU OFF OF MARATHON. WE WILL BE AT THE QUILT FESTIVAL IN DALLAS MARKET HALL MARCH 13TH-15TH BOOTH 154 AND 155

     

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