FMQ thread question
Ugg, I'm trying to finish a quilt that is long overdue and now I'm in thread trouble. I ran out of the Mettler silk-finish 100% cotton thread that I was using to FMQ. I went to the closest store to buy more, and they didn't carry that brand, so I bought some premium sulky 30 wt lighter long-staple cotton. It says on it "matte finish, strong, machine or hand use, washable & dry cleanable." When I threaded my machine I could tell that it was a thicker thread. I started stitching and it broke. I changed the needle to a larger size, and the thread still broke after just a small amount of FMQ. I've changed the tension, and tried going faster and slower, and it still breaks.
I know I've read about other people having this problem in the past, and I think that tomorrow I should just go to another store and try to find the Mettler silk-finish thread because I know it works, but here are my questions...can I keep the sulky thread in the bobbin? Does it really matter if I have two different brands of threads as long as the tension is correct? Do you think the sulky will work if I were quilting straight lines? (not on this quilt, but maybe for a future project?) I'm quilting with my Juki, but I also have a Brother - do you think that the Sulky might quilt better on a different machine? I assume it will work for piecing. I'm just wondering what I'm going to do with several spools of brick red sulky thread that doesn't like my machine? And my most immediate question is can I use it in my bobbin when I get the Mettler thread to use on the top.