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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Free Motion Quilting

I am hoping that someone will have an answer for me........I seem to recall that someone hopefully here mentioned some type of product that a drop was used on your spool of thread that helped the thread glide more smoothly from the spool.....I have tried all of the tricks I think with changing the needle, making sure the feed dogs are lowered etc etc but the problem seems to be the thread......and I would like to really use this thread on this fabric.....which is a great quality quilting cotton......any ideas or suggestions ??? Thanks.....

7 Comments:

  • At August 9, 2009 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Sue in Iowa said...

    It was probably "Sewer's Aid" - I get it at Joann's and have used it on thread to help with breakage or on needles to help them slide through fabric easier. Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Sue in Iowa

     
  • At August 10, 2009 at 4:44 AM , Blogger heather said...

    Thanks Sue ! I think that was it....I am checking to see if I might have picked some up and forgot about it on a trip to MN sometime,,,,

    Are you the Sue who might have sent me a mile a minute starter blofck and instructions a few years back when the original boards were up and running ? If so thanks again....it is one of my favourite scrap patterns !

     
  • At August 10, 2009 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

    Just FYI. My longarm quilter does not use cotton on the bed quilts. She says it breaks too easily as you use the quilt - from pulling it up around your chin. *S*

     
  • At August 10, 2009 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    Another thing that causes thread to break in free motion work is using the wrong type of needle in the wrong size. Sharon Schamber recommends using an embroidery needle in size 14.

     
  • At August 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

    Sewer's Aid is what I use--when I think about it. Also, I wouldn't use 100% cotton. Get somthing that is a blend with low lint. Or a very high quality cotton with low lint. Check with your local long arm/quilt shop to see what they use. I don't think those giant cones of thread are 100% cotton.
    Sara in Fla.

     
  • At August 12, 2009 at 4:08 AM , Blogger Lavinia-TN said...

    You might also check with your sewing machine dealer...some sewing machines cannot handle the Sewer's Aid...(I don't know why, just recalled it)

     
  • At August 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM , Blogger Jennifer, Gypsy Hill Quilt Studio said...

    I'm a longarm quilter and I sometimes use Sullivan's Silicone Spray that comes in a can on the thread. You might be able to find this at your local quilt stores. I use a variety of threads and don't have problems with 100% cotton (which does come in large cones and in different strengths). I agree checking your needle size would be helpful. Good luck!

     

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