QOTD: When hand-quilting is serger thread ok to use?

quiltingfoxSeptember 23, 2012

I am wanting to use multi-colored spools of thread to hand-quilt my next lap quilt. My local Hancock Fabrics store mailed me a sales paper and they have pretty multi-colored 3000 yard spools of serger thread for $4.99 a spool, which is a lot cheaper than $2.75 for 1 spool 325 yards of solid hand-quilting thread. I have never touched or used serger thread. Is it a strong and durable thread? Can it be used to hand-quilt with? If I were to hand-quilt with it does it tangle up on itself easily does it knot up easily when you are trying to pull it through fabric, cause that's something that I would not want to deal with. How does serger thread compare to hand-quilting thread and all-purpose thread? I appreciate your feedback. Also if you do not recommend using serger thread then what brands of multi-colored spools of thread would you recommend for hand-quilting and where online do you buy it from? I unfortunately do not have a Joann's in central Louisiana area.

Best to you and many thanks,


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I don't do a lot of hand quilting but I have done a wall hanging and a few minis. Obviously NOT a hand quilting expert, but I think you can use any thread you want as long as you like the way it looks. Finer thread will almost disappear into the fabric but if your batting has some loft the quilting pattern will show. Heavier thread will show up and the stitches become part of the pattern. Try it on a sample and see if you like it.

If the quilt police show up at your house, tell them to go away and come back when they have a warrant!


    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 3:00PM
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I would not recomend using serger thread for hand quilting.
It is much finer then quilting thread and is meant to be used with sergers where there are 3-or more threads being used.
It is polyester thread and has fewer fibers then other threads I do believe.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 3:28PM
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I am with Jayne on this one. You put a lot of tension on the thread when hand quilting so breakage is a factor. Serger thread is made to be used with multiple needles so the thread is finer so there is not so much bulk in the seam.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 4:52PM
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I agree with the advice not to using Serger thread for quilting. I know some people piece with it, but it is designed to be used with 3-4-or 5 needles in an overlock stitch.
All thread is not created equal :)

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 6:10PM
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Been there, done that. You shouldn't.

Serger thread does not work well for hand sewing, and will be worse for hand quilting. It's not even good for piecing, in my opinion. I can rip out a closely pieced seam with bare hands with serger thread, not that I recommend it, LOL.

It's simply not designed for these uses.

Save yourself the headache, and buy quilting thread.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 6:19PM
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Thank you ladies that is what I was needing to know. Glad I found this out before spending $5. Will stick with hand-quilting thread.

Best to you and many thanks,

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 7:39PM
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I don't even use serger thread for piecing. It is rather a whole different animal of thread and I reserve it for use on my serger only.


    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 8:24AM
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