Qualities of monofilament thread?
YLI Monofilament Thread
For future heirlooms, if you use monofilament thread does it deteriorate?
My personal experience with monofilament thread is that my quilts have had no noticeable deterioration. I wash them in the washing machine on cool and tumble dry just long enough to take out a bit of the moisture. I then lay the quilt out flat to air dry.
I've used clear thread on all of my kids quilts and had no problems (though I must admit that when I make a baby quilt for someone else I do use cotton thread instead--that's because I don't know how the quilt will be washed and dried).
I prefer YLI and SewArt nylon
as opposed to the polyester
versions by Sulky, Superior and Madeira.
That's not to say that the polyester is bad. It's not. It's a good quality thread and many, many quilters love it. I just prefer the nylon version.
And so does Harriet Hargrave, the grande dame of machine quilting.
She's been quilting using monofilment for many more years than I. To this day, she recommends using this type of thread to achieve the look of an antique, hand-quilted quilt.
Based on my experience and her recommendations, I do not think that this clear thread will deteriorate any faster than a traditional cotton thread in your quilts nor will its use reduce the value of an heirloom in the future.
Readers, what do you think? Do you like nylon or polyester better? Do you have a different experience with regards to its longevity? Let us know using the 'comments' link below. Thank you!