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You can use the monofilament (invisible) thread without much problem. You'll find several brands of invisible polyester and invisible nylon threads on the market. Each has advantages and disadvantages. See pp 100-101 in your manual for a thorough description.

You'll need to make a few tension adjustments when you use it. If you are using it on the top, thread it through to the eye of the needle. You'll loosen the top tension considerably, perhaps two complete revolutions or even more. To check if it's "about right", after you've loosened the tension, pull on the tail of thread coming from the needle, then release it. If the thread looks like a corkscrew, loosen the tension even more.

Your goal is to get the invisible thread to behave like regular thread, and not "stretch" as it passes through the tension disks.

If you are using it in the bobbin, loosen the tension on your turbo winder quite a bit as well before winding. Also, let the bobbin wind only half full to keep the thread from stretching.

Once you've got the bobbin in the case, check it the same way as you did the top thread--tug on the tail and release the thread. Corkscrew? Loosen the bobbin case tension. (If you discover that you like using invisible thread, then consider buying an extra bobbin case at some point, and then set it permanently for that thread.)

You can use the thread in the top, in the bottom, and/or in both places. Check the way that the spool is wound--some spools like Superior's Mono Poly are "stack wound" and might feed better on a horizontal spool holder. That doesn't mean it won't work on the rear spool holder--you just might experience some kinking and twisting since the thread will tend to spiral off the cone.

I use it like you are suggesting, when changing thread colors is impractical. I also use it to go in and around hand applique, outline primitive "blanket stitch" applique, outline machine applique, stitch in and around red work, cross stitch, T shirt quilts, stitch in the ditch, couch thread, etc. In other words, I personally find it a valuable "tool" to have.

If you have any trouble using it, let us know. You'll be fine!

Dawn Cavanaugh

National Director of Education




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