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« on: August 31, 2009 05:34:49 AM »

So I finally collected enough ties to try rickrackruby's tie bag and decided I'd use invisible thread for the top stitch.

The stuff is evil. *Evil*, I say. Angry It wouldn't stay on the spool (and my spool socks are meant for serger cones) and kept wrapping around the spool pin. If I looked at it funny it jumped out of the tension discs and then wrapped around the tension knob. Or around the bobbin/bobbin pin when the needle went through the fabric. And then, of course, it broke; that's how I knew it had wrapped itself around something, yet again. I briefly considered trying to use it as the bobbin thread, but given the fits it was giving me, I talked myself out of it fairly quickly.

A spool sock might help keep it on the spool, but I dunno about the rest of it. At this point, frankly, I'm so irritated with the whole thing that if the answer to working with it is 'patience', I'm done! I spent so much time fiddling with the stupid stuff, trying to devise ways to keep it on the spool and unwinding it from whatever when I couldn't, that I blew an entire afternoon and still only got about 8" sewn.

Is there a trick to working with this stuff that I'm missing?
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2009 08:09:59 AM »

If you'd ask... I'd have told you the stuff was Evil! Honestly, I wouldn't bother! How about just using a black thread? I don't think it would take away from anything. Or, you do a small even running stitch by hand with embroidery thread... Rayon or metallic maybe? That would add a nice touch, and may not even take as long as messing with that plastic stuff!
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2009 08:23:01 PM »

Not all invisible threads are created equal. Most of it is made out of nylon and is very difficult to work with. Sulky makes an invisible thread that is made out of polyester. It is maybe a bit troublesome put not any more than rayon or trilobal (shiny) polyester.

One tip is to place the spool in a coffee cup and set the cup right at the back-right-corner of the machine. Bring the thread up and over the thread holder/spindle and thread as usual. The spool can sort of bounce around in the cup and it really won't matter if some of the thread "slips" off the spool. This works even better if you have a thread stand (google or search craftster for DIY models).
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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2009 10:39:39 PM »

That's a great idea about the coffee cup! Maybe you could even tape a piece of paper with a hole punched in it to add some tension, or keep the spool from bouncing? I may have to try this sometime... I haven't used the invisible stuff in a long time. Seems like there's a reason why....
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2009 04:41:38 AM »

Hmm. I even have a coffee cup already on my sewing table. Normally it's a catch-all, but I'll have to give it a try! Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2009 09:17:08 AM »

i was trying to hand sew with it. I thought it would make the sock monkeys look cleaner since you can't see stitching. I gave up. It was  Angry

totally. never again.
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2009 08:13:49 AM »

It really can be nasty stuff. If you MUST use it, slow your sewing down considerably. I find it best to use when couching decorative threads, rather than regular sewing. I have also used it on a hem, but again, sewing very slowly.

However, the worst thing about invisible thread is trying to rip it out when you've made a mistake!
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2009 12:10:35 AM »

Nobody warned me either. After I tried it my mom said "oh yeah, it's a pain in the butt". Thanks, mom.
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2009 12:47:18 PM »

I was on an invisible thread kick for a bit but it is a lot of hassle.  I only use Gutterman invisible - Sulky kept snapping on me, even though the salesperson swore it was "high quality."  I don't know - it didn't work for me & it was more expensive.

What I really don't like about invisible thread, is on dark fabric, it looks like fishing line.  I quit using it - even a slight color difference in thread isn't worth the hassle.
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