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From: mikecox
Date: 03-13-2004, 07:06 PM (1 of 6)
The other day I purchased 2 large spools of thread (1100 yards).

When I got home I realized I had "Rayon...Machine Embrodery" thread. Should I just take it back and replace it with Polyester?

Actually I had to go look, to see what kind thread I have been using. TTTT I'm not sure what kind of thread I'm supposed to be using :whacky:

I think you'd say most of the things I sew would use a general purpose thread. Right now I'm working on a costume for a cruise I'm taking in April.
In San Diego
User: mikecox
Member since: 09-08-2003
Total posts: 42
From: Chrysantha
Date: 03-13-2004, 08:37 PM (2 of 6)
Rayon is great...just don't bleach wears like poly, but won't retain color if it's also shines more....
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Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: MaryW
Date: 03-13-2004, 08:53 PM (3 of 6)
It doesn't have the strength of polyester. :sick:
owner/editor of Sew Whats New
User: MaryW
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 03-14-2004, 01:26 AM (4 of 6)
I've bleached the Rayon I use and it kept it's color. I practiced on all my dish cloths when I was learning to embroidery and I bleach them all the time and they still look great. I used the Coats and Clark Rayon from Wally World.
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From: sewserious
Date: 03-14-2004, 07:34 AM (5 of 6)
Rayon will not hold up for seams and such. It is just not strong enough and will break. Use general purpose thread, i.e. cotton-covered polyester or polyester thread for regular sewing. Rayon is fine for decorative stitching, topstitching etc, but not construction.
User: sewserious
Member since: 08-24-2003
Total posts: 112
From: mikecox
Date: 03-14-2004, 10:57 PM (6 of 6)
Thanks everyone.

I think I'll take it back and get the stuff I usually use "cotton-covered polyester".
In San Diego
User: mikecox
Member since: 09-08-2003
Total posts: 42
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