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From: MaryW
Date: 05-08-2007, 08:04 AM (1 of 5)
A lady sent me this yesterday. If you can help, please post here, thanks everyone.

I look forward to receiving your news letters, and read them over and over. they are very informative. I would like some information if you can help me. I have a Janome 9500 machine..I was sick for a long time right after I purchased the machine,and was not able to embroidery or sew. I am now beginning to embroidery and sew . I have such a small bit of embroidery thread. I have to purchase more, but I really do not know what kind to buy. I realize there are many different kinds of embroidery thread. I want to purchase the one that will be a good quality thread . I prefer Rayon because it has more luster/sheen. I am trying to buy on line since it is cheaper than buying at my local sewing center. Could you give me some input as to what name to buy. I know , or think, I need 40 weight thread. I will appreciate any information you can send me. I have been a seamstress for years, but only started doing embroidery
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From: toadusew
Date: 05-08-2007, 08:24 AM (2 of 5)
Since you own a Janome sewing/embroidery machine, why not check out the Janome brand of embroidery thread? I use it all the time and really like it. Since I don't have it in front of me right now, I can't remember if it's rayon--I want to say it's an acrylic of some kind, but I'll have to check that out and get back to you. Anyway, if you bought your machine from a local dealer, they should carry all the embroidery thread, bobbin thread, stablizers, and anything else you might need to get started on machine embroidery.

I find that I really like the Janome brand of embroidery thread, but I also like Madeira (sp?) pretty well. Another popular brand is Robison-Anton (I think that's the right name) and that brand is usually also available at the Janome dealer, and other brand name sewing machine dealers as would just have to check in your area.

I hope this helps a little bit.:smile:
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From: Addlee
Date: 05-08-2007, 11:06 AM (3 of 5)
Thanks " toasusew" and MaryW for helping me. I know I can purchase the thread form my Janome dealer. I have purchased spools from them. However, I thought prehaps someone would know a web site they may have ordered thread from. Maybe it woud be cheaper. I don't really know if it would be or not.. I apperciate the help you both have given me. I enjoy reading the post and learning as much as I can about machine embroidery and other things that are posted. Thanks again..Addlee:re:
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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-08-2007, 01:55 PM (4 of 5)
Addlee you can try googling the different thread names (i.e.,Robison-Anton, Maderia, etc.) and see what you come up with. My dh ordered me a set of Isacord (102 cones) for Christmas and I love it. Before that, I was using Coats & Clark that I could pick up at Hancock's, Joann's etc., but a lot of people don't like Coats & Clark but I've found it to be a lot better than the Sulky brand and a lot less expensive. As you're probably beginning to see, machine embroidery is a rather expensive hobby to have.

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From: paroper
Date: 05-08-2007, 10:01 PM (5 of 5)
Madera thread is pretty inexpensive here.

They have an excellent price not only on individual Madera poly and rayon, they have a fantastic price on the 1000 yard spool, 6 drawer full 356 spool thread chest with the chest included, which I have purchased from them. has the best price on the Madera Poly full array thread chest at 6. At $615 the Allstitch price on the Poly chest cannot be beat!

I have the Madera Rayon, some Madera poly. I prefer the poly because it is tighter and stronger, but I bought the rayon because I have Isacord Poly and it just can't be beat (in my personal opinion), but I needed the colors the Madera offered in rayon. It is a matter of debate, but a good poly is very close to rayon in shine and texcture, but is a tighter thread and is stronger. Ackerman (makers of Mettler and Isacord) is bringing out a new thread called ISALON which is said to be even brighter and prettier than Isacord.

A lot of people like Marathon threads. I'm not sure which is the preferred supplier of Marathon thread. I don't use it, but I've heard that one of the suppliers is better than the other by far. Anston Robinson is said to be excellent thread too. Thread Art, Coats and Sulky are threads that seem to give more people problems than some of the other brands.

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