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From: Northern Potter
Date: 09-11-2004, 01:40 PM (1 of 3)
I just bought a new sewing maching with the idea that I would do machine quilting. This has opened up a whole lot of questions for me. And with Mary's request to use the ads, I've been doing some web surfing. Thanks for the push, Mary, because now I've started finding the supplies that I need.

The question I have is: How do you tell the qualtiy of thread over the internet? Is the old adage "You get what you pay for" true here as well? Two of the web sites I've checked out have cotton thread for sale. I realized I have to dispose of all my old threads because I don't know if they're cotton nor what their weight is and they're probably so old they will break. So I'm in the market for new thread and lots of it, I would gather. has 1000m of 50/3 weight cotton thread spools for $1.99US/spool where has 500yd of 50 weight Robinson-Anton 100% Egyptian cotton thread for $3.49US/spool. Would the no-name be as good or should I spend the extra (quite a bit in this instance)?

Also, is the 50 weight good not only for piecing but also for the actual quilting?

User: Northern Potter
Member since: 08-29-2004
Total posts: 2
From: shirleyp
Date: 09-12-2004, 12:37 AM (2 of 3)
Threads can be a matter of preference. Some say you must have good 100% cotton thread. I do know that cheap thread will fray and cause more lint in the sewing machine and ofcourse will break easier. I have used very good expensive cotton thread and it does make a difference, but, I have also used a cotton thread with a bit of polyster and found it works great at a cheaper cost than the good cotton. I have to usually shop around to find this. I think because I have sewed and quilted for many yrs. I can almost see what is a good thread.
As for the threads on sale thru the internet, unless they specilfy what type of cotton, or thread they are selling I would be wary of buying. Could be old thread or cheaper thread. Make sure they have a label to specify what type.

I don't know about egyptian thread, but surf the internet to find out about it. Maybe someone here knows something about this thread.
User: shirleyp
Member since: 02-12-2002
Total posts: 352
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 09-13-2004, 12:51 PM (3 of 3)
Egyptian cotton is the top of the line.. It is the highest quality because it is long staple cotton.. That means each fiber is longer than the plain old everyday cotton.. Egyptian cotton is a family of cotton plants, does not mean grown in Egypt.. We learned all about this in Home Ec, back in the dark ages when I went to school..LOL :bg: :bg:
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User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
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