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What kind of Embroidery Thread?
Quilter7 Send a Message
I use "Isacord" brand thread for my embroidery unit. What kind do you use? Do you use a different brand for Metallic?

Other questions have been added so I will repeat. What kinds of things have you embroidered? Everyone always has such wonderful ideas here. What kind of stablizers do you use?

Have you taken classes? What do you want to learn? Where are you taking classes?

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12/21/2008 9:27:40 PM
I use Marathon. I've never tried metallic thread before. What kinds of things do you make with your embroidery machine?
12/21/2008 10:49:11 PM
Quilter7 Send a Message
What a good question! I have only had it for a year and thinking back have embroidered, sometimes monogramming pillowcases and have made angel quilt blocks. What else have you embroidered?
12/22/2008 7:04:35 AM
QIAD-Linda Send a Message
Escondido, CA
I am so excited to see this topic! I have only had my embroidery machine for a couple of months and have just been experimenting with it. I want to take some classes next year so I can really learn how to use it to its full capacity.

I have been using Guittarmann, Sulky and Maderia. I love the metallic thread and think the brand I have is Coates. I bought lots of thread when Joann's had it on sale for 50% off. I have also learned that collecting thread is just as addictive as collecting fabric for quilting! lol

I was embroidering some bath towels and was getting frustrated with them until I learned about using a "topper". Now they come out beautiful but I need to learn how to center my designs.
12/22/2008 9:06:22 AM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
I use Madeira and Sulky. I would like to find something less expensive. It does a great job but it is pretty pricey.

In addition to info on the thread I would like information on what kind of stabilizer everyone uses. I purchased Solvy at JoAnn's when it was half price.

I will need more stabilizer and thread very soon. All info is greatly appreciated.

I plan to take embroidery classes after the first of the year so I can learn to use my machine.

12/22/2008 12:29:30 PM
Quilter7 Send a Message
I have used Sulky but have also purchased OESD and used both with success.

I also would like to take classes so I will be more proficient at using the embroidery unit. I think I will take a class that is offered online at Quilt University.
12/22/2008 1:42:48 PM
kho Send a Message
I don't use mine as much as I would like to. For one thing the designs have to be put on areader card-and I no longer have a pc with a floppy disc and my cd thing doesn't work. I took my reader card to the dealer and had them install 10 of the ones I thought i would most-and then lost the paper that tells me which ones are which-LOL

What is a "topper"????
12/22/2008 5:59:25 PM
QIAD-Linda Send a Message
Escondido, CA
The topper is a water soluble filmy stuff that you put on top of fabrics with a deep pile, like towels. It creates a smooth topping for the embroidery stitches to "float" on top and not sink into the pile. It works just great!
12/22/2008 7:31:52 PM
The metallics are a little tricky to use. I haven't had much success with them. I read somewhere recently, but don't remember where, that you have to re-route it because too much tension breaks it. If I remember, I'll post the link.

I LOVE my embroidery machine! I've used it for many, many things. I'm trying to upgrade because I can only embroider in a 4 x 4 area with the one I have.

Keep stitchn,
12/23/2008 4:13:19 AM
Suzquilts Send a Message
Aurora CO
I've only used Sulky for both thread and stabilizers and have had great success. Never have tried a metallic.

12/23/2008 8:15:41 AM
AnneinSC Send a Message
Summerville, SC
I've been machine embroidering for about 4 years now. Thread?? I've had great results with Marathon poly, and it is less expensive than a lot of the others. I've also used & like Madeira poly; Sulky has not been so reliable... regarding easily breaking with my machine. For metallics, the very best I found is by Yenmet; it is not as temperamental as some of the others I tried. Rayon... I like the Madeira rayon a lot; about a year ago, one of the online sites, I think it was Hancocks, had a half price sale on the thread chest with a great assortment of colors, and I bought one. The thread does so beautifully!

Stabilizers... for me, have been a trial & error. There are so many offered under various brand names, and so many types. All available in different weights for different uses are water soluble, tear-aways, cut-away, iron-ons, mesh types. It can be confusing! I like the Sulky TearEasy & Sulky Iron-on, Pellon SofStitch cutaway (walmart), and the water soluble type at walmart (don't remember the brand name). One I've recently tried is Hollingsworth Tearaway/washaway, which seems nice, since the stabilizer under the stitches remains to continue support of your design even tho' the excess around the design washes away. Works great, in fact, it is recommended by one of the digitizers on a forum I visit. Check out the Martha Pullen Phorum for a lot of helpful info and advice.

I haven't been able to take lessons locally, but learned a lot through the internet, forums, books, google searchs, and trial & error. There's a lot of free designs offered by a lot of the companies and some of the Yahoo user groups.

I really love using my machine, and have found so many uses for it. I've put designs on t-shirts, fleece throws, baby bibs, towels, embroidered squares for quilts, pillow covers, and today I just finished 5 Christmas stockings with a small design and names on the cuffs. Then, of course, you can make lace, using the water soluble stabilizer. I've made lace angels & ornaments to send with my cards this year. Oh yes... you can do quilt designs also. I posted a photo (in the photo section here) of a baby quilt I made recently, using a sashiko type quilt design on the printed fabric squares.

This is getting longer than I meant to write, but I hope it is of some help. There is so much to learn, and I'm still learning. The only thing is, what do I do next... embroider or quilt? :-)


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12/23/2008 8:08:43 PM
TooMuchFabric Send a Message
Windy Country
AnneinSC, Thank you for the great information. Jo Ann
12/23/2008 9:31:20 PM
>>>I use "Isacord" brand thread for my embroidery unit. What kind do you use?
Isacord here too.

>>>Do you use a different brand for Metallic?<<<
I use is Yenmet. Note: Use a thread net when using metallic threads & slow your machine down. My machine (Bernina Artista 200E) also has a thread stand attachment that has high loopers. You can also use one of those that stands behind your machine & holds a single spool.

>>>What kinds of things have you embroidered?<<<
Tote bags, Jeans, Jean pockets, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Quilt labels, leather patches, placemats, pillows, Christmas stockings, etc.

>>>What kind of stablizers do you use? <<<
The 3 I use most are Cut-away, Med weight Tear-away & sticky back. For "Free Standing Lace" I use a Wash-away. Last year I made allot of angel ornaments.

>>>Have you taken classes? What do you want to learn? Where are you taking classes?<<
Bernina dealer.

There's tons of things you can embroidery on. Just use your imigination & let it run wild :). A word of caution...it gets addictive. Once you get going you'll be embrodering everything.
12/23/2008 10:59:25 PM
sewbug Send a Message
Right Here
I do a lot of free motion embroidery and Coats metallic thread does not fray or break on my machine.
12/31/2008 11:32:39 AM
WeeOne Send a Message
I use Isacord because that's what my Bernina dealer carries. Use OESD (Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design) stabilizers for the same reason.

Have only taken a couple of classes, but anytime I have a question I call the dealer and get answers. One of the first things I embroidered was a Captain in a boat on a tee shirt for DH. I tested this on an old white one before trying the new shirt. Old one came out OK, but new one had the knit break around the edge. I called OESD, since it was their design, and got several suggestions...but have been too busy to try again. Bernina dealer told me you should always stitch out a test first, so you don't mess up.

When my DH bought the 440QE with embroidery unit for me, he also told me to get the best software. At the time I didn't think I would want to digitize anything, but about 6 months later I found myself scanning a giraffe from an old coloring book and digitizing an applique to but on a fleece blanket for DGD.

Got my machine just before DGD was born. I was making a Jungle Song quilt for (unknown) grandchild. OESD had just come out with Jungle Song embroidery CD. Since the quilt wasn't done I altered the design and in each corner I embroidered a block with a Jungle Song animal & then one block has Kaylyn's name, another date, another weight/height and the last made by Grandma.
I'm getting ready to do the same for DGS....way behind on his quilt!

I wish I could take my embroidery stuff in the RV, but I have limited room.

I've made a couple blocks for SIL to use in an Anniversary quilt for her DD. Also a couple pillow cases.

I think the most favorite thing I've embroidered are the Minkee Pals that OESD has(http://www.embroideryonline.com/index.aspx)search Minkee. The grandkids love these little stuffed toys. DGD used to bite on them and pull them over her gums when she was cutting teeth. They are really easy to make.

Happy Stitching!

P.S. 4 suggestions:
I write the Isacord thread number on the inside bottom of the spool with perm. marker. That way if the paper label on top comes off, I'm not in a panic.
I always steam iron my stabilizer(paper looking type, not plastic wash away)before I use it. I found out that some of it shrinks, just a little.
I am blessed with a DH who bought me all the Isacord colors. They have plastic, expensive, boxes you can store them in. But, I found a 3 draw Sterilite plastic container that the Isacord stand up in great. I have 4 sets, they stack.
My thread is in number order. When I pull a spool, I replace it with a piece of PVC pipe. My DH took 2" PVC, cut in 2" lengths. It makes it really easy to see where the thread goes back when done. OH, and I keep these PVC pieces in a paint bucket, which the grandkids love to play with when they visit.

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1/1/2009 11:50:59 AM
Quilter7 Send a Message
Lyn - I am totally in awe of your organization of thread!! I do not have a large choice of colors so I have mine in a plastic shoe box. LOL I did not get the best software, but certainly see that something other than what I currently have would be desirable. (My Bernina 630 is only a year old so maybe....)
1/1/2009 5:22:22 PM
CoyoteQuilts Send a Message
Cottontown, TN
The magic I have found with my thread is to use a Topstitch needle. I was having problems with the thread shredding and breaking until I switched to this needle. It has a larger hole and 'groove' (can't remember the proper term for it). I tried the oil type stuff that is suppose to help-as others say---bleck! I use sulky, YLI, Robson Anton and Maderia threads. Any type of polyneon or rayon. Rayon has more shine. I don't care for Coats & Clark in any of my machines any more.

I have gotten in the habit of putting the clear wash away stabilizer on the top of things. It helps with the pull on the fabric & if your fabric is terry it keeps the nap down & the stitching looks better.

Linda, I too, have problems with centering & even hooping. It is much nicer to use spray baste stuff on the stabilizer and 'stick' the fabric/clothes to that instead of hooping.

One of my 'to dos' this year is to take a class that helps me hoop better. I would love to be able to use my embroidery with quilting more. So many ideas in the brain, not enough time or knowledge to get it done......

Sharon V.
1/2/2009 7:33:31 PM
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