I thank everyone for the ideas and truly do wish I had the patience for needle tatting or crochet--but I don't! I am too nosy with the embroidery machine to use the time needed to learn to do either. SIGH!!! However, cutie "iiii" suggested I read an article for using this crochet thread. I did. Interesting!!! Since I do not own a Serger I can't really do this--But--if a serger can do it there must be a needle size that will accomodate this size thread. So, I am off HUNTING!!! Thanks!
Have you ever tried needle tatting. I got the kit with book and 3 needles from Michaels. Its alot easier than working with a shuttle. I got the thread all tangled around my fingers using the shuttle. Just an idea if you are looking for something different. I dont think there are too many crafts I havent tried.
Please don't throw the thread away. Join the freecycle movement and offer it on your local chapter's web site. I'm sure someone in your area would use the thread for some charitable work or for their own enjoyment! After 40+ years of crochet work, all thread is a treasure.
Hi embroidery friend--I never throw much of anything away. I do belong to my local recycle group. The only thing I have to do is hide it from my SISTER!! She is a clutter-free addict and when she visits--LOOK OUT! No husband here--but my sister is just as BAD!!
Another idea Bonita is to do a reverse bobbin approach. When I use thread that is enormously thick (almost like yarn), I wrap it in my bobbin and not run it through the tension... when you sew, make the bobbin stitch as your top stitch. Make sense?
I asked this question because a friend gave me approx. 50 big rolls of unused crochet thread. The colors are extraordinary. My mother used this thread for tatting and hand crocheting. However, I never learned to do either. I am trying VERY HARD to put this beautiful thread to use before I decide to recycle it. I did search for needle sizes that might accomodate the larger thread. I found machine needles go up to a size 120/20. The largest I have is a 100/16. I need to find out where to get a size 120/20. Hey--It might work!!! Would make some beautiful FSL projects!! Maybe doilies? like my mother made, one stitch at a time!!!
No, don't use if for FSL!! They are not designed for that type of thread. Use it for couching or do as Terri says and use it in your bobbin for reverse embroidery designs. Better yet, learn to crochet. Start with simple snowflake patterns and work up to doileys.
I have used embroidery floss for decorative top-stitching. The needle size depends on the number of strands. If using all 6 strands, I use a denim needle (don't forget to experiment with the tension to get the best look). If I were using crochet cotton, I would treat them as cording and use invisible monofiliment or machine embroidery thread in a matching color.
Interesting question. What are planning on making?
I use all kinds of decorative crochet thread while sewing... You can purchase feet that will help and use a 14 size needle. Works like a charm! :-)
Designs By Sick has an article on their web site for using crochet thread on a serger to make 'lace' - not what you are asking for, but it may be of interest. I've added the link below.
I WILL get the hang of what I'm doing one day!!
I can't imagine that those would be able to be used on an embroidery machine. Those are used for handcrocheting and are raqther thick. However I am not an export in embroidery. O5 is almost like a cord.