[balloon-makers] Thread Recommendations (was shredded thread)

Curtis Pack cpackdo at citynet.net
Tue Mar 5 17:35:13 CST 2002

So we don't use the cheap stuff, what thread do you recommend ( and where to
buy it ) ?  Bret and I are preparing to order thread so we can set our
machines up.
Thanks .
Fly safe,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bob LeDoux" <bobledoux at proaxis.com>
To: <balloon-makers at mail.deering.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 7:59 PM
Subject: Re: [balloon-makers] shredded thread

> Make certain your machine is properly threaded at the needles.  Most
> machines have a guide at the bottom of the  needle bar, right where the
> needles mount.  That guide is a hole or ring through which the thread
> passes to keep it in close contact with the needles.
> Thread choice is important when sewing balloons.  I prefer to use bonded
> thread just because it holds together better.  It does  make bigger knots,
> however.  Some manufacturers prefer unbonded thread which is more likely
> fray.
> Also note that the any point on the thread passes back and forth through
> the needle eye 8 to 12 inches for every stitch.  The takeup arm movement
> creates that amount of movement so the thread can pass around the bobbin
> case to create a knot.  To survive that passage over and over again,
> it is finally embedded in a stitch, a top quality thread is called for.
> Don't buy the cheap stuff.
> >On 3/5/02, Bill Whelan wrote:
> >
> >>It seems that the outside thread unravells or is shredded between the
> >>opening and some where above just below the pulling arm (for the thread)
> >
> >The thread on my machine does a lot of moving back and forth, at
> >least 7 cm.  So the place where it seems to shred may not be the
> >place where the thread is actually being damaged.
> >
> >After playing with the hooks, I noticed how much the thread seemed to
> >move around.  So I put a dark dot on the thread, and was amazed.
> >
> >Tom
> >
> >
> >>cold today - 11
> >>and going to + 11 on sunday there goes our windiow,
> >>with our pilot who was supposed to fly our record attempt this week is
> >>SICK>>>
> >
> >Geez, that stinks.  No other chances this winter?
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