Last Friday I reported on the thread issues I had been having with my new Aurifil polyester thread. A lot of you responded and gave advice. I so appreciate your help and tips! ( I am still amazed by the kindness in this quilting community! Thank you!!!) I have tried them out and these are my findings:
Cause of the problems:
The polyster thread comes of the spool too fast when it is being pulled at by the sewing machine. The spool then spins and the thread entangles itself around the stand on the sewing machine. I have never had this problem with other polyester threads, like Guterman and Amann. When the thread entangles around the stick, it snags and then breaks. ME NO LIKE!
Using a thread net:
Many of you suggested this was the answer. I have found that using a net on the 1000 meter spools of Aurifil DOES NOT WORK WELL on my Janome Horizon. The machine has to pull at the spool too hard and you can hear the machine making a different noise. NO GOOD! I have tried using a single net and a doubled net; both cause problems. I have also tried to put the net only half way on the spool, but the net “does not like this” and wiggles itself back onto the rest of the cone. I have tried the net on the vertical and horizontal thread stand and a separate spool stand next to the machine. All the same result.
Using a paperclip:
Sound absolutely weird, but it works! Thank you Carli Heinrichs from Good Earth Quilting for suggesting I try this. You are a genius Carli! Partially open up a paperclip and stick it to the spool. I used a coated paperclip, but a plain one would work just as well. I used normal tape to adhere the paperclip to the spool of thread.
Now place the spool onto the vertical thread stand on your machine.
The spool still spins, but the paper clip prevents the thread to slip under the spool and entangle around the stand itself.
It is important that you place the paperclip on the spool the right way. DO NOT PLACE IT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!
The spool now can not spin normally and will be “out of sink” (I think) of “too heavy” for the machine. Your quilting will look like this: YUCK!
See the loose stitches? It is horrendous at the back! Just look:
Using a paper disk on machine:
This trick may work for your machine. It was not the best solution for my Janome, the thread still snagged.
Horizontal spool stand:
Cut out a small circle out of strong paper ! Craft paper will do I think, printer paper is too weak.
Place the paper between the plastic disk and the spool.
Place the spool back onto the machine and see what happens when you quilt. Again, for me this did not do the trick.
Using a paper disk on spool stand:
At first I tried to use the same set up as above but now on a vertical spool stand next to the machine.
New problem: the thread now entangles and snags on the piece of metal that is sticking out of the spool.
This is how I solved it:
I cut a much larger disk, about the size of the bottom of the stand. I placed that circle on the spool of thread as before and put the whole (ridiculous looking) thing on the stand and ALSO gave it a BOOST! I put a role of tape underneath.
You could use a different spool instead of the role of tape, but the paper is necessary as the thread will want to “tumble down” and snag anyway!
Quilting with this last set up has my preference! I am so happy that I have found a solution for this problem. I now feel joy to work with the beautiful shiny threads instead of frustration!
Thank you all for the tips and tricks!
Please feel free to share information of this “Thread-CSI”, but please link back to this blogpost.
I have not been able to gather info on “does polyester thread go bad over time”, but I will soon. I will keep you all posted.
Have a wonderful Friday everyone!
(p.s. I am linking up with Pretty Bobbin for “I Quilt Linky Party” and “Finish it up Friday” at Crazy Mom Quilts and “Can I get a Whoop Whoop?” at Confessions of a Fabric Addict ” and last but not least “NTT” at My Quilt Infatuation)