Tips for Using Invisible Thread

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Using invisible thread can be a great way to quilt your quilt when you want the fabric and pieced pattern of the quilt top to be the star of the design, rather than the quilting itself. However, using invisible thread can be more challenging that using regular thread like cotton or polyester. ZJ Humbach shares several tips for working with invisible thread and how to make it easier.

Thread Types

ZJ fist explains that there are different types of invisible thread and that some are easier to work with that other. There is nylon invisible thread, which is much stiffer and has a feel similar to fishing line and there is invisible thread that is a polyester blend, which is less stiff and can be easier to work with. ZJ explains some of the attributes of invisible thread and how they can be positive or negative in terms of your project. ZJ also shares how to choose the best thread color and shows that some brands of invisible thread come in different colors, a clear and a smoke color, depending on the color of fabric you plan to quilt on.

Working with Invisible Thread

Once explaining the different types of invisible thread, ZJ give several tips for using invisible thread, including what size of needle to use. She also gives tips on how to wind a bobbin using invisible thread and also what size thread to use in the bobbin if you plan to use a different color thread in the bobbin and invisible thread in the needle. Another tip ZJ shares for using invisible thread, which can be used in conjunction with more quilting tips and techniques, is to use a thread nest over the spool of thread when quilting to ensure the thread winds off of the spool evenly.

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5 Responses to “Tips for Using Invisible Thread”
  1. Dyeing2helpyou

    Does it work to hand wind the bobbin if you plan on using invisible thread in it? Are there issues with using it simultaneously in both top and bottom?

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    • Customer Service

      Hello,

      Yes, you can hand wind the bobbin- just ensure that you are not pulling or stretching the thread. Some machines, however, tend to have issues with hand wound bobbins. If you have thread jumbles or your thread breaks trying to use the hand wound bobbin, I would recommend trying to wind it by machine.

      And you can absolutely use it in both the needle and the bobbin thread.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
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  2. Dawn

    I do not have a net for the thread – should I use a spool thread stand. Dawn

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Dawn,

      You do not necessarily have to have a thread net, however if you find that you are having issues with the way the thread is coming off of the spool, yes this could potentially help as well.

      Cheers,

      Ashley
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  3. Kathleen Coutinho

    I don’t really quilt a lot but I do use invisible thread and I can’t wait to try the Mono Poly. I do a lot of hand sewing on felt with the nylon invisible thread and it is such a pain. Always knotting when I don’t want it to and damn near impossible to knot it when I want it to.

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