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Clear nylon thread

ckells | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Does anyone have any tips on using clear thread? So far I have tangled the bobbin while winding, lost the end for about 5 minutes,. Please help.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    This stuff can be a nightmare. I think specific brand has a lot to do with it. Personally, I like to use the Sulky brand and fine the smoke color is virtually invisible. It is wonderful for blind hemming or doing applique.

    1. Skye | | #2

      I agree not all brands are equal. I have  used this thread for quilting but only in my spool as I had been advised it was a bear to use in bobbins. For anyone who does use it in the bobbin does it stretch while winding and then upset the sticth balance?

      I agree about not being abole to see the end of the thread :)

      1. ckells | | #3

        It was stretching while I was trying to wind the bobbin. I want to do some applique and will try it only in the top thread and if it still doesn't work I'll get the Sulky.

        1. MaryinColorado | | #4

          The nylon thread also melts when pressing and gets stiff.  I like the polyester "invisible" thread from YLI or Sulky.  Hope this helps.  I have not used it in the bobbin but think you might have to wind it by hand onto the bobbin, on some machines, you can set the machine on slow speed and run the bobbin winder with the foot pedal which should help,  I think I will try this myself.  Mary

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            Thimblefingers | | #5

            I have never used the clear thread in the bobbin.  I'm not sure why you would want to.  I loosen my top tension slightly so that the bobbin thread pulls the clear to the bottom a little and, by matching bobbin to fabric, have never had the necessity of using it there.  I also prefer the sulky polyester to a nylon as it is also softer especially if it is going to be close to the skin, although I try to prevent that from happening by lining or whatever.  I've used it often and works wonders on many applications.

          2. ckells | | #6

            I guess I don't need to have the clear thread in the bobbin for what I will be doing . I thought that as my project has many different fabrics in it a clear bobbin would be easier. But I found that a neutral beige is working well. I'm learning everyday as I've been away from any sewing other than mending and some simple quilting projects. I will try Sulky poly thread, a new thing today!

  2. ckells | | #7

    Thanks for all of the great information. I bought the proper thread, used top thread only with looser tension and the results were as I hoped!

    1. solosmocker | | #8


      Edited 12/30/2006 3:03 pm ET by solosmocker

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