heaviest thread used reliably in home sewing machines ?

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I am trying to find the heaviest thread people have experience
using reliably in home sewing machines.

the home machine will be either a pfaff 1475, singer T&S 600e ,
401a or  similar

I am making some slip covers and such with light to medium weight
upholstery or decorator  type fabrics and wanted to use the
heaviest thread i could reliably use in a home sewing machine.

I have made similar things with standard C&C thread for myself
**BUT** i am making some of these for the **inlaws** and i want
to use something heavier than what i typically use for myself  so
that i do not need to worry with fragile seams and subsequent
repairs.

The motivation for my question was ---
I stumbled across some #42 weight nylon and a poly thread that
was  advertised as an alternative to using #69  upholstery thread
which most home machines including the ones mentioned do not
handle very well.

anyone have any advice about this #42 thread ?

thanks for any helpful advice,
robb



Re: heaviest thread used reliably in home sewing machines ?


On Fri, 18 Jul 2008 21:38:28 -0400 in alt.sewing, "robb"
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I sew with Gutermann polyester upholstery thread all the time from
the rack at JoAnns.  I don't know what numerical weight it is.  It
will _not_ break.  My old Montgomery Ward machine may be stronger
than some models.

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Thanks David,

 i looked that up and found it to be  Metric 40 which translates
roughly to the T-70/75/80 or #69 thread but Gutermann thread seem
to run a bit finer or smaller so it may be easier on the old home
machine after all.

thanks for the help,
robb


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I have used Empress Mills polycore 75 successfully with heavier weight
fabrics on sofa and other cushions, but it isn't really necessary.  I've
also used standard 100 weight polycore in the sewing machine, with the
same in the serger and used a 4 thread serged stitch to do the edges
after giving the stuff a 'safety seam' in the standrd thread.  There
have been no tales of woe and busted stitches so far.
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Get some and experiment?  Is it cheap enough just to write off a single
reel if it doesn't work?

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Thanks Kate,

great point.
i already have many experimental sewing purchases... a spool of
thread will be the least of those errors.

i suppose  my main concern was i thought i had been sewing long
enough to know most of the sewing options available and i had
never heard of this #42 strong but *home machine* friendly thread
and am stil holding out for the magic transformation of my home
machine into a semi-industrial :D

robb



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