Thread Breakage

Nothing irritates me more than thread breakage while I’m quilting.  Why?  Because I have to stop what I’m doing, rethread the machine, and pick out the last few stitches before the thread broke off so that I can secure those threads.  That all takes time.  And to me, that’s really time wasted.

I have been using Essential Cotton Thread from Connecting Threads, and I’ve had very good luck and very little breakage.  The great thing about this thread is 1) it’s cotton, 2) little breakage while quilting and piecing, 3) each spool comes with a lot of thread, and 4) it’s inexpensive for how much thread you get.  But the last 2 spools I’ve used have been giving me trouble with breakage.  Perhaps I just got an off lot, but it’s irritating enough that I ordered the Essential Pro Thread from Connecting Threads to give it a try.  One of my really good friends is a long arm quilter and swears by the polyester thread.  So I’ll try it out and see how I like it.

12 comments to Thread Breakage

  • Jen

    oh good! let me know how it works out! I also only use connecting thread’s Essential thread. i love it and it rarely breaks for me. (maybe try a new needle) I’ve discovered that usually when my thread breaks a lot it’s actually my needle and not the thread. I’ve even gone through each and every one in a pack with tons of breakage and then tried another pack and all is fine. The only time i usually experience breakage is with thread other than connecting thread’s actually. But I’m curious to see and hear how the polyester thread looks, feels, quilts, etc. so please share!!

  • Rachel

    I had a brand new needle in when all the breakage occurred, but it didn’t occur to me to change the needle again. That’s a good tip…thanks! It’s annoying that a brand new needle might have a defect that would cause thread breakage. Now that I think about it, since the breakage happened with 2 different spools of thread, I know that I used many different needles (from different packages too) for many different projects. I always put a fresh needle in when I start a new project. Who knows, but I’ll definitely share my experience with the polyester thread! :)

  • Jen

    So I’m back at this post to see if you’ve used and washed a quilt with the poly thread yet? I’m placing a Connecting Threads order today and just don’t know if I should get some or not. I’ve just always heard that if you make a quilt with 100% cotton, then the thread should be as well. BUT why then do longarmers use Poly thread? All their quilts are gorgeous, so what gives? Maybe I’ll just get some to see.

    Anyway, back to the needle thing…Yes, it’s very frustrating and I seriously have tried 4 or 5 different needles (out of the same pack)before b/c of all the breakage, then opened a totally different pack same brand or different brand, and then no problems. So it’s always worth a try switching needle after needle to see if that works. Then keep those needles that didn’t work aside for piecing or something. I’m actually ordering new and different needles from CT to try that Sultry thread one more time. If no luck, I’ll be sending you all my thread. Maybe my machine just doesn’t like it! 😉

  • Rachel

    Jen, I haven’t used the poly thread yet. I’ve been doing a lot of piecing lately, but I will be using it shortly. The poly thread is on a really big cone, so you may need to order the thread stand (I did)…

    Good luck!

  • Amy

    Just wanted to throw in my 2-cents’ worth…the last time I had the aggravation of breaking thread, the needle was indeed the culprit. (I change my needle very frequently, so this one was almost new.) I tried everything I could think of before I put a new needle on, and my problem disappeared.

    Do let us know how you like the thread, though!

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