Cotton thread for embroidery machine?

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I think I'm cross-posting; just asked this over at the embroidery machine
group but they only appear every few weeks, it seems.  I'm pretty sure there
are some machine embroidery-ers here.
    Here's what I asked:
    <<We took a little class on the Brother PE 770 last Monday.  Immediately
that, we came down with the worst case of flu/allergy/cold in world's
history; haven't felt like seeing what/if we learned anything.  However (!)
I do remember the Brother lady saying that cotton thread on the upper would
cause eventual damage to the emb. machine and that would be very expensive
to undo.
    It was a great class and a wonderful shop; we'll hope to go back many
times.  I do wish we had asked further about the 'no cotton' warning.  Do
you imagine that was just 'her' shop's experience with cotton? or a 'real'
Brother proclamation?  Any thoughts?  >>Polly

Re: Cotton thread for embroidery machine?
Interesting Polly.  I have not heard that.  What I was told about my
machine, Viking Designer I, was that Gutterman was their recommendation for
regular sewing and Sulky for embroidery.  The one thing that I was told many
times though was to definitely, definitely, definitely, use bobbin specific
thread for the bobbin when doing embroidery, and that thread happens to be
100% polyester.  I sometimes use this for general sewing as well, but often
wind a bobbin for regular sewing with the same thread that is being used on

My brain-dead moment last week dealt was with needles.  I was using an 80
needle for regular sewing and forgot to switch to a 90 when doing
embroidery.  I couldn't for the longest time figure out why my thread kept
fraying and breaking.  Changed the needle and not one more trouble.

When I talk to Mom next I'll ask her what she has heard about the cotton on
top issue.

Sorry about the flu/allergy/cold issue.  I've had my shot and so far,
fingers crossed, have not brought anything home from school.


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Re: Cotton thread for embroidery machine?
'They say' the flu shot won't keep you from catching this but it might save
you from dying from it.  I'll report back.  Or not.  Meanwhile, do ask for
your Mom's thoughts on potential harm caused by embroidering with cotton
thread.  Honestly, I can't think of a reason to choose cotton - unless, of
course, you needed to do a teddy bear belly and the only thread you had was
    One night, I did lots of needle testing on the emb machine.  I don't
think you really have to have a 90; my conclusion was that a 'new' needle
was a best bet and a new metallic 80 was the happiest of all.  Polly

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Re: Cotton thread for embroidery machine?
I certainly wouldn't use it.  Why would you want to.  I have a feeling it
produces way too much lint, and may be too heavy to give a nice look.
Embroidery thread is made for machine embroidery, why push your luck?

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